2014年“新兴实践”设计研究与教育会议论文召集开放

Emerging Practices:
Design Research and Education Conference 2014

October 13, 2014
College of Design & Innovation, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

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Main theme:
#Developing#

Introduction:
The idea of ‘developing’ is controversial. On the one hand, the word developing often implies inferiority, and is used as a synonym of underdeveloped. On the other hand, developing is the present participle of to develop, which literally means to bring out the capabilities or possibilities of something and a process of evolving toward a more advanced or effective state.

For instance, a developing country is defined in terms of a lower standard of living, less-developed industrial base, and lower Human Development Index in comparison with other developed countries. This is a prevailing understanding of the term developing. Arguably, the status of being ‘developing’ can nevertheless be a great asset to a country. It can provide energy and space to initiate a series of sustainable paradigm shifts, including reshaping values, changing rules of action, ways of living and production, and ultimately reforming the whole society and economy. The rapidly changing dynamics in developing countries make major transformations possible.

In this sense, the word developing can be used to frame a situation that is still in progress, full of potentialities and energy, and at the same time in need of inputs, skills, and resources. The term developing may refer to countries, communities, policies, services, knowledge, tools, methods, and many more. All these constitute an energetic landscape, upon which discussions on emerging practices of design become challenging, yet more meaningful.

This conference aims to facilitate discourses that reflect on the prevailing acceptance and implicit interpretation of the notion of ‘developing’. Further, it will explore the strengths, challenges, and opportunities that the status of being developing offers, in various scenarios of emerging practices driven by design.

What are the strengths of being developing? What are the shared challenges and values between the practices conducted in the developing context and those grounded in the developed context? How can the established/prevailing approaches be adapted to the state of being developing? How can the practices deeply contextualized in the developing scenarios inspire the approaches toward innovation?

Call for proposals:
We now invite researchers, practitioners, teachers and students from different domains to contribute papers that enrich the understanding of best practices of “Being developing” related to the following sub-themes:

1. #developing communities
– enabling and empowering
– connectedness and relationality
– modeling social awareness

2. #developing economies
– alternative economies and emerging business models
– best practice of transition from product to service
– the global landscape of creative industries

3. #developing research
– emerging forms of academic publication
– linking design journals and practitioners
– challenges and strategies

4. #developing education
– re-designing curriculum
– challenges and lessons learned
– leadership and entrepreneurship

5. #developing openness
– the nature of open innovation
– managing fuzziness in opening design
– ownership and open: a paradox?

6. #developing explorations
– critical reflection on alternative futures
– innovation inspired by nature
– new ways of making
– digital media

If you are interested, and have experiences and viewpoints to share, you are invited to be part of the construction process of these future scenarios by presenting ideas and participating in in-depth discussions. Outcomes derived from the discussion will be summarized and exhibited at the end of the conference. It is hoped that this conference will serve as an intermediate, yet stimulative stage, for contributors to further develop their ideas based on the co-construction.

Conference language:
English

Submission requirements:
Please choose a relevant sub-topic and submit a short description of your research project using the word template you may find here. Proposal template.docx

The description will include: 1) a title; 2) a short text running about 750 words; 3) 2 images; and 4) 3-5 keywords. In addition, a short biography of 50 to 100 words, including author information such as your full name, title, affiliations, and email address, should be enclosed. (We will translate your document into a poster in A2 size and print it out to be used at the conference discussion session.)

How it works:
This conference will be a real interaction among the participants. If proposal is accepted, you will join the discussion table where you will be asked to make a 5 mins presentation and then to participate in some provided team-activities aimed to facilitate the group discussion. The presentations, discussions, and activities will lead to outcomes at two levels. First, the observations made and perspectives articulated during the process will be highlighted at the end of the conference in the form of a small presentation and exhibition. Second, the participants will be able to use this highly interactive and co-constructive process to consolidate their proposals and further develop them into full papers after this event.

Important dates:
April 15th, 2014: Open
June 16th, 2014: Deadline for proposal submission
July 21st, 2014: Notifications of accepted proposals
October 13th, 2014: Conference
December 15th, 2014: Deadline for submission of full papers
January 26th, 2015: Reviewer comments
February 9th, 2015: Final submission
End of June 2015: Conference proceedings

Proceedings:
Conference proceedings will be published with an ISBN number.

Keynote Speakers:
To be announced.

Conference Chairs:
Yongqi LOU
Professor
Dean of the College of Design and Innovation
Tongji University, China

Ken FRIEDMAN
University Distinguished Professor
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia;
Guest Professor
College of Design and Innovation
Tongji University, China

Davide FASSI
Assistant Professor
Politecnico di Milano, Italy;
Associate Professor
Tongji University, China

Xiaohua SUN
Professor
Vice Dean of the College of Design and Innovation
Tongji University, China

More to be announced.

Venue:
College of Design & Innovation, Tongji University
281 Fuxin Road,
Yangpu District,
Shanghai, China

Contact Persons:
Coordinators: Jin MA, Davide FASSI (emergingpractices@tongji.edu.cn )

Links:
Tongji university: http://www.tongji.edu.cn
College of Design and Innovation : http://tjdi.tongji.edu.cn
CUMULUS: http://www.cumulusassociation.org

Download Proposal template