Political systems such as Belgium’s, for example, are based on the democratic participation of citizens and their elected representatives in government. If we compare design and politics, the question arises as to what extent design can be considered to be democratic and what the necessary processes and outcomes would look like. This is the approach taken by the “Participatory Design Conference 2018”, focusing on the role of architects and designers in a participatory process, in the face of changing political circumstances. Visitors will get the opportunity to form their own opinion in workshops, lectures, exhibitions, presentations, colloquia or open discussions. A pre-conference with workshops, seminars, colloquia, and local interventions will be held from 20 to 21 August 2018. The main conference programme takes place between 22 and 24 August 2018 with talks and lectures by a range of keynote speakers.
Alvar Aalto Symposium
The Alvar Aalto Symposium is an international forum for discussions on the artistic, social, and technical challenges contemporary architecture is facing. The focus of the 14th Symposium is on the possibilities and problems of future residential construction in urban areas. Using examples of current trends, such as collective living and working, speakers will offer solutions for future concepts that aim to counteract current societal, social, and financial problems as well as raise awareness about them. Attached to the symposium is the exhibition “The Housing Problem. Alvar Aalto’s Housing Architecture”.
International Social Innovation Research Conference 2018
Scientists from all over the world will be discussing new developments in social movements, non-profit companies, and the social economy at the International Social Innovation Research Conference. Theoretical approaches and the connotation of the word “innovation” often only refer to technical innovation; analytical, conceptual, and theoretical contributions to social innovation have rarely been included to date. The aim of the conference is to combine both approaches and to significantly improve research into social innovation.
Amongst the 25 keynote speakers at The Conference this year are the filmmaker and actress Ahd Kamel from Saudi Arabia, the professor of digital media and artificial intelligence at MIT, D. Fox Harrell, and the design director at LEGO, Magnus öransson. The two-day conference is dedicated to research the topic of “Complexity”, the spectrum of which ranges from human behaviour to new technologies. Running in parallel with the conference is The Festival, which takes place from 1 to 7 September 2018, presenting a programme with over 60 events ranging from parties to workshops, seminars, and master classes to excursions and exhibitions. Tickets for the conference cost approximately 895 euros.
It Wasn’t Written
The symposium “It Wasn’t Written” at the MoMA explores the influence of design on the writing of history. How do designers tell stories or how can history be interpreted by designers and used for the future? The conference looks at the construction of history that emerges from descriptions of what has happened in written, spoken or iconographic form through visualisations, methods, and other elements of design. It examines historical information presented by different “visualisations” (such as timelines), “publications” (such as history books), “exhibitions” (such as retrospectives) or “software” (such as history apps). The symposium is correspondingly subdivided into these four categories, and two points of view are presented in each by researchers and scientists who then debate them after the presentations.
Reasons to 2018
The “Reasons to” conference takes place annually in Brighton and invites internationally renowned speakers from the field of design to exchange communication and practical ideas. Various interdisciplinary creative minds will give insights into their work in lectures and share their conceptual and scientific approaches as well as future projects. The conference is intended to serve as a place of inspiration where everyone can increase their own productivity by learning from others and can discover new perspectives regardless of their personal creative background.
Design History Society Annual Conference 2018
The refugee crisis is no longer only a hot topic in politics; its temporary and long-term consequences are also being tackled in the area of design. The Design History Society is grappling with the challenges faced by those affected in its annual conference, this year entitled “Design and Displacement”. Against a background of an ever-shifting cultural landscape – in terms of design, but also in general – the conference wishes to stimulate dialogue and provide inspiration for design innovations. The speakers include the author and curator Paul Chaat Smith, the expert for contemporary art and design Lowery Stokes Sims, and the designer and theoretician Tony Fry.
The theme of this year’s Atypi conference taking place in Antwerp, Belgium, is “Type Legacies: Honouring the Heritage, Designing Type Today”. As the title implies, the rich tradition within typography will be reflected upon, and contemporary practices will be examined which may provide inspiration in the future. The past is a basis for the things that may follow. To this end, the conference invites designers, typographers, font designers, and all those interested to participate in a varied programme held throughout the city in the form of presentations, exhibitions, performances, and other events.
With a double event consisting of a festival and conference, the new event format This will enrich the Nordic design landscape this year. Its focus is on creativity, technology, innovation, and visions for the future in the context of values such as democracy, diversity, and sustainability, always with a reference to Scandinavia. Above all, the positive potential of digitisation for all areas of life will be emphasised and promoted. The conference has a raft of international and well-known speakers and primarily intends to build bridges – between creative people and thinkers, ideas and companies. The festival on the Aarhus harbour site includes music, art, and installations, and also offers local designers the opportunity to present themselves to the 5,000 expected visitors.
“Digital Fix – Fix Digital” is the slogan of this year’s Next Conference, capturing the idea of possibly having to save the digital world from itself. Above all, the distribution of roles between man and machine, and between man and technology is the focus, because often the aim of a digital application is scarcely discernible. For this reason, the two-day conference in Hamburg will consider whether to put mankind back in the driving seat. To achieve this, the organisers are bringing together over 1,500 decision makers, opinion leaders, and creative minds in order to look for interdisciplinary solutions together. The speakers at the event include Andrew Keen, the author of “How to Fix the Future”, the design researcher, Pamela Pavliscak, as well as Rand Hindi, the founder of an AI research lab.
Art Out Loud
This will be the fourth year that the “Art Out Loud” festival takes place at Chatsworth House, bringing together speakers from the worlds of design, architecture, and art. Included amongst the contributors are the artist Lubaina Himid, who in 2017 was the first black female artist to win the Turner Prize, and the photographer David Dawson, long-time assistant and friend of the British painter, Lucian Freud. Tickets for individual events can be purchased on the event’s website, as can day tickets that allow visitors to attend three different lectures on Friday and Sunday and four lectures on Saturday.
A conference on the potential of design looking at the practical and theoretical aspects involved in the process of brand building will be held at the University of West London in co-operation with the London Design Festival 2018. The focus is on networking, mutual inspiration and support, innovative approaches, and a shared learning experience, always with the aim of leading brands positively and sustainably into the future. Amongst the speakers are Marina Willer from the international design consultancy Pentagram, and Orit Gal, economist at Regent’s University London, who deals with research into complex social systems. The ticket price includes dinner on 21 September 2018 and a guided tour of the Beazley Designs of the Year at the London Design Museum the following day.
Retune Festival 2018
The Retune Festival, which took place for the first time in 2012, brings together more than 250 creative people to discuss the interfaces between design, art, and technology. They will show how they combine creativity with technology in theory and practice through presentations, workshops, and exhibitions. Various art and design studios throughout Berlin will be open to visitors on 28 September 2018.