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A World of Solutions: Innovations for People with Disabilities May 21, 2009

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Competition call for

A World of Solutions: Innovations for People with Disabilities

The new initiative of the Inter-American Development Bank seeks to support pilot projects aimed at using innovative solutions to improve the quality of life and the economic and social inclusion of people with disabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

10% of the population in Latin America has some kind of disability, which represents 50 million people

70% of the people with disabilities in the region are unemployed or excluded from the work force

70-80% of children with disabilities in Latin America do not attend school


The program has several components, including a call for project proposals, and a problem-solutions competition.  We want to hear your ideas, receive your proposals and let you vote on the most important needs of people with disabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean.  The competition starts today!

Get involved: www.iadb.org/innovation

Comment and vote:  www.iadb.org/blogs/innovacion



Un mundo de soluciones: Innovaciones para personas con discapacidad

La nueva iniciativa del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo busca apoyar la implementación de programas piloto que mejoren la calidad de vida y la inclusión económica y social de personas con distintas discapacidades en América Latina y el Caribe a través de soluciones innovadoras.

10% de la población de latinoamericana son personas con alguna discapacidad, esto representa a 50 millones de personas

El 70%  de las personas con discapacidad de la región no tiene empleo

Entre el 70%  y el 80% de niños con discapacidad en la región no tiene acceso a la educación


El programa tiene varios componentes, entre ellos, fondos concursables para proyectos, y un concurso de problemas-soluciones. Queremos escuchar sus ideas, recibir sus propuestas y que sean ustedes quienes voten cuales son los problemas de mayor relevancia en América Latina. El concurso empieza hoy!

Participa: http://www.iadb.org/innovacion

Comenta y vota: http://www.iadb.org/blogs/innovacion

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Conference: Multiple Ways to Design Research January 2, 2009

Posted by Greg Van Alstyne in Conferences, Events, Open Calls.
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Multiple Ways to Design Research: Research cases that reshape the design discipline

12+13 November 2009
Lugano – Switzerland

The Fifth Symposium of the Swiss Design Network wants to highlight research cases informed by knowledge of other disciplines to understand their relevance for design theories, methods and practices.

According to this goal, the conference aims to present a multidisciplinary overview on research projects — from those ones originated within the design field to those ones originated within other fields – that produce design research outcomes useful to outline those theories, methods and practices which influence and reshape the design discipline.

The framework of the conference is based on the assumption that the evolution of sciences and technologies, and their impact on society, suggests new research questions that constantly tend to expand the ways to design research – in term of topics of interests, approaches and contaminations – research questions that can be relevant for the design knowledge, practice and education.

Delivering both panoramic overview and deepening, the conference keynotes and the parallel project sessions are addressed to a wide range of attendees: senior researchers of academia and of companies’ R&D units, PhD and master students coming from different disciplines, industry exponents involved in the design development and production.

Questions of interest are…
– How do theories, methods and practices from other knowledge domains inform the design research
today? And, which kind of exchange exists between them?
– How does design research evolve in contact with other disciplines or contexts?
– How does design research informed by other knowledge suggest fundamental questions for the
design discipline?
– Which specific research experience and/or topic outlines relevant design research areas?
– How does the context of technological innovation and industry drive design research methods and
practices and vice versa?
– Which scientific and artistic fields are producing research outcomes that could be a point of interest
for design research and discipline?

and conference contributions might have their origin in …
– Design Research related to specific and focused design topics with a strong impact on the discipline
by integrating theoretical and practical competencies coming from other fields.
– Multidisciplinary research that faces complex questions and shows how design knowledge is
influenced by and/or has influence on the multidisciplinary context.
– Research originated by fields and disciplines outside the design domain, like technical and
humanistic domains, as well as arts, that produces design research outcomes and/or design typical
– Fields of investigation and ongoing research outside design domains that could represent, in the
middle-long term, future directions for design research and practice.

January 2009 – Call for papers
9 March 2009 – Submission of abstracts open
6 April 2009 – Submission of abstracts closed
13 April 2009 – Review Abstracts
25 May 2009 – Acceptance notice
13 July 2009 – Deadline full Papers
17 August 2009 – Papers accepted / revised
31 August 2009 – Registration open
19 October 2009 – Registration closed
12/13 November 2009 – Symposium

With best regards (and apologies for cross posting), do not hesitate to contact us,
Polly Bertram
Massimo Botta

SUPSI | Laboratorio Cultura Visiva
Campus Trevano
CP 105 | CH-6952 Canobbio
T +41 58 6666 394 | F +41 58 6666 399
info@multipleways09.ch | www.multipleways09.ch

Special issue of Artifact: Canonical design writings December 10, 2008

Posted by Greg Van Alstyne in Future of Design: Designing for Emergence, Open Calls, sLab Education.
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Here’s an interesting call from the journal that published Bob Logan’s and my first collaborative paper on Designing for Emergence. The result should be a vital resource for design research and education

Journal: Artifact
Special Issue: Canonical writings on design

Artifact, an international peer-reviewed academic journal dealing with design, plans a special issue for mid-2009 dedicated to canonical writings on design. Any search of the literature on design reveals a burgeoning field of writing that recurrently reformulates itself according to processes of economic, social and technological change. Within this flux of ideas, however, there are certain books that warrant acknowledgment as anchor points for any investigation into their respective area of design. The Artifact special issue on canonical writings in design welcomes articles on single books or groups of books that you consider have a significant and enduring place in the literature of design.

Where some view canon formation as an expression of ideological control, the special issue seeks to stimulate debate concerning design’s essential readings by exploring the authority of highly valued texts. Artifact encourages cross-fertilization, interconnections, and crossbreeding among different scientific disciplines, the design industry, and the arts. We seek reviews that reflect the broad field of design and show how a canonical design literature is open and expanding, as new issues and influences impact on the activity of design.

The goal of the issue is to add to the design field’s intellectual robustness, to establish principles for the ongoing critical evaluation of key texts and to ensure that important works are not neglected as a result of the ongoing cycle of publication. Alternatively, we recognize that the scope of a single journal issue means any attempt at canon-identification will be neither all-embracing nor definitive. The proposed books will thus shed light on the interplay of current and enduring concerns in design.

Review essays should be no more than 3,500 words in length and are due 1 February 2009.

We already have a number of books proposed for review, so please check to see whether your intended book is free for review by contacting the special issue editor:

Carolyn Barnes, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Senior Research Fellow
Swinburne Design
Swinburne University of Technology
Melbourne, Australia


For information on Artifact please visit: http://www.informaworld.com/artifact