Design Conversations


Design Conversations

Design Conversations is a space where ideas and focal areas that do not belong in one of the established working groups can be discussed either in the format of workshops or presentations.
The event takes place on Thursday 1 June at 14.15-16.30.
If you would like to contribute to this event, please contact Conference Chair Mette Mikkelsen by 15 April via email

The below list contains an overview of confirmed Design Conversations for our REDO conference.


Chair: dr. Peter Sonderen -
Teaser: In this meeting we should like to talk about the role of theory within art & design programs. At ArtEZ University of the Arts we have recently developed the program ThINK (Theorie in de kunsten/Theory in the Arts) that has broken with many traditional approaches of the theoretical elements of art education such as art history and philosophy in relation to the art practices. Instead we have build, bottom-up, a program that gives both art and design students a firm and challenging common basis for their practices. The relationship between theory and practice comes to the fore by TIP, which stands for Theory in Practice, and research becomes an organic part of the curriculum as well.
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Design for democracy. Re-do Kolding

Chair: Prof. Arianna Mazzeo, DESISLAB Elisava DESIS Network ( -
Teaser: WORKSHOP: RE-DO-KOLDING. Co-designing Kolding with students and the community. TOPIC:Co-designing Kolding. Digital Beats. An open-ended Storytelling AUDIENCE: Design Students, Conference Attendees, Kolding Community ROOM: With flexible space, projector, internet, open space for working in groups and move around the space, outside Kolding
METHODOLOGY: Co-design and co-creation
FACILITATOR: Arianna Mazzeo ( DesisLab Elisava Director)
MATERIALS: pc, mac, tablet, internet, projector, colours, pens, camera ( a fix camera to record the session), mobile ( your own).
LEARNING OUTCOMES: You will learn how co-design through creative and digital scenarios, working in a multidisciplinary team, working with the community of Kolding students and the people attending the conference.

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Re-use of building

Chair: BERTRAND Pascal -
Teaser: ESAIL LAB is focused on the re-use of buildings. The starting point is an analyse of projects completed in the not-so-distant past. The work involved in this kind of project can be complex and one must scrutinize it in order to be able to explain it. The first objective is to bring to light the intellectual processes of the discipline by analysing good examples. The second objective seeks to contribute to a more general discussion on the possible theoretical tools of architectural re-use / transformation. List of case studies : *Renovation of rural constructions in the Swiss canton of the Valais, by Savioz Fabrizzi architects, (published in 2016) *Matadero Madrid, creating a center for contemporary artistic creations, collective architects, (published in 2015) *Champollion Museum, Figeac, by Moatti & Rivière architects, (published in 2014) *The Restaurant of the Opera Garnier, by Odile Decq architect, (published in 2013)
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Design Competencies Futures Research Group

Chair: Job Rutgers -
Teaser: In order to better articulate the value, depth and validity of ‘design doing’ we have developed a framework of design competencies that maybe helpful to design educators to define, organize and measure the value of ‘design doing’. In the workshop we will guide participants through a series of hands-on exercises and ‘visual thinking’ experiences that enable design educators and practitioners to define and detail dynamic, open design competencies in a playful, energizing way. The overarching aim of the workshop is to collaboratively develop a shared language and terminology that helps educators, practitioners and design students to understand, define and communicate the value of ‘design doing’.
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DESIS Network Assembly and Conversation: mapping the lines of work and research

Chair: Carla Cipolla, Ezio Manzini -
Teaser: The DESIS Network Assembly and Conversation is an event required by the DESIS Network statute. It is the forum where formal collective decisions are taken and it also provides an excellent opportunity for networking and knowledge exchange between DESIS Lab members. Participants will be predominantly DESIS Lab members but, as this event is open, colleagues interested in the Network’s activities and Design for Social Innovation are warmly invited to attend. At the core of this year’s Assembly will be a conversation about the latest DESIS Network activities. A map will be developed that outlines the main areas of work and research being carried out in DESIS Labs. The ensuing discussion will then highlight potential convergences and collaborations.
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Written world. A platform for collective research and creation of signs for public places.

Chair: Belén González Riaza -
Teaser: Vernacular signs are a valuable cultural heritage, an essential element in the definition and expression of the identity of a place, and a key factor in its legibility and liveability.
We would like to invite Cumulus members to work on a platform for the collective cataloguing of the most interesting signs in the World, to celebrate and preserve its diversity. It will include a database and a shared space for experimentation on meanings, forms and materials for communication in public spaces. Our aim in REDO is to create a small group to start working on this project in different locations.

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Changing Education

Chair: Jeroen Chabot -
Teaser: We have to change to stay the same…
In 2012 we introduced a thoroughly new curriculum for our art school. As the programme now runs in all our departments, it is time to share our results and the lessons we learned. Also, it is time to look ahead to the most challenging questions that we face today. The work of our students shows the results of the change: their work has graduated from beautiful to relevant; their work shows that they can address questions that today’s society poses. Peers and professionals recognize and appreciate this changed quality.
As we introduced the new programme we became more explicit about the necessary change in roles and attitudes of teaching staff and the need for students to take control of their learning experience.
(Our intake became more selective, which meant our student numbers (and finances!) were reduced.)
Now that we have redefined our curriculum, we need to meet the next challenge – and that is to redefine ourselves as an art school. We need to develop a new pedagogy that puts students in the driving seat. In a world and time where students have to address sustainability issues, developments in nano- and bio-technology, the growing role of artificial intelligence and new forms of visual realities and where they have access to vast arrays of knowledge, experience and inspiration – students themselves must identify the areas where they need to grow, and choose where and how best to develop the required knowledge and skills. That may be in professional practice, within other (art) schools around the world, or within our academy.
By developing the ability to support and assess students during their development, by introducing new artistic disciplines and by attracting new groups of students within our multi-ethnic metropole, we will still be relevant.

Kolding REDO Research Poster Session

Contact person: Ulla Ræbild –
Due to a very high number of high quality research submissions for the conference we decided to launch the REDO Research Poster Session.
All submissions have been double-blind peer reviewed by an international review panel. The result - 21 posters - will be exhibited in the Lounge Area during the Design Conversations.
The authors will be present for indepth and thorough discussions about their research. The poster abstracts including contact info are included in the online REDO Conference Proceedings at:

Quality Management & Communication in Multidisciplinary Universities

Chair: Hanna Karkku -
Three presentations and cases steer for discussion on the topic. What is the role in strategy, education and research? Art and creative practices in Aalto University/Saija Hollmén (15 min). Art and creative practices in Central St. Martins/Jonathan Barratt (15 min). Art and creative practices in Politecnico di Milano/Luisa Collina (15 min). Discussion and ideas to take further (30 min)

Understanding Attitudes Towards Cultural Diversity in Europe

Chair: Venu Dhupa, VSDB Consultancy -
With the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (UK), Professor Venu Dhupa conducted primary research to re-examine attitudes to cultural diversity across the EU. Supported by 17 EU networks, including Cumulus, this has turned out to be the largest piece of research on the subject since 2008 with responses from 27 countries. The aim of the research was to generate a short high level position statement on Diversity and Culture and to provide a basis on which groups and bodies can move forward with their strategies to provide improved policy, programmes and services. In this session, Professor Dhupa will share the findings and then involve participants in an interactive exploration of the subject

From Diversity to Inclusion: a hands-on workshop experience

Chair: Giuseppe Di Bucchianico -
Co-chair: Pete Kercher
The workshop will investigate the concepts of human diversity and inclusion, exploring what they mean in contemporary society, the first step towards unleashing their enormous potential for innovation. Participants will push the envelope of their understanding of the concepts in a collaborative experience aimed at generating pro-active thinking for design teaching and its various scales of application