January, 15-16, 2009: Fifth Annual Design Research Conference
Call for Papers and Projects: Conference to be held at the Interdisciplinary Design Institute of Washington State University Spokane
Topic: Design + Cultures
Culture is a dynamic and multi-faceted term; Design is also a dynamic and multi-faceted term. The Fifth Annual Design Research Conference to be held at the Interdisciplinary Design Institute at Washington State University Spokane January 15-16, 2009 will focus on the busy crossroads in the geography of these two vast domains under the conference theme of Design + Cultures. In parallel with the ever-expanding impact of (in
Herbert Simon’s words) the design of the artificial upon cultural life, the theme of Design + Cultures raises numerous questions and a wide range of problems that can be addressed within a multidisciplinary setting.
The tradition of this conference is intimate size, generous paper presentation times allowing for vigorous Q+A, and hands-on engagement with the conference theme by students as well as paper presenters and invited speakers in a variety of participatory sessions. Past conferences have drawn paper presenters and speakers from Asia, Europe and North America. Please submit abstracts early because only a limited number of
presentation sessions are envisioned so as to accommodate the various participatory sessions.
Projects: can be designs (or concepts) of a built form of any scale, so long as an accompanying narrative explains how the project addresses the conference topic. Initial submission shall be a one page document providing an image of the project with a narrative explanation of sufficient length to fit on the same page.
All submissions must include contributor(s) name, affiliation, and contact information. Submission shall be by email only to davidwang (at) wsu.edu, with cc to ali.ilhan (at) gmail.com. All submissions will be by blind peer review. Deadline for initial submissions: August 11, 2008, with decisions issued by September.
Presenters’ work at the conference may be further peer reviewed for inclusion in the Interdisciplinary Design and Research
e-Publication (IDRP), sponsored by the WSU Interdisciplinary Design Institute:
DESIGN RESEARCH NEWS Volume 13 Number 5 May 2008 ISSN 1473-3862
DRS Digital Newsletter http://www.designresearchsociety.org