01 February 2011
Cumulus Working Groups, Paris, France – 19 May 2011Cumulus working groups will meet again during the Cumulus conference Transversality in innovation: power and responsibility of the designer hosted by Strate College of Designers, Paris, France on 19 - 22 May 2011.
Venue: Strate College of Designers, 27 avenue de la division Leclerc, 92310 Sèvres - Paris
Time: Thursday 19 May 2011
Groups holding meetings
- - research group workshop (Cumulus + DRS)
- - Sustainability Working Group
- - X-files Working Group (international coordinators)
- - Digital Culture Working Group
- - Fashion and Textile Working Group
- - Interior and Furniture Working Group
- - Leadership and Strategy Working Group
- - Contemporary Art Working Group
- - Global Water Working Group NEW!!!
More content information to come.
Please kindly contact the groups' leaders about your intention of participating and questions.
Please notice that groups have their own websites for more information on proceedings and past meetings.
- - research working group (Cumulus + DRS)
Workshop following Cumulus/DRS Symposium
Workshop: Dissemination Strategies - Author, Editor and Publisher (max. 45 participants)
The Workshop aim is to outline and discuss strategies that might help you to get published. We have invited three workshop facilitators to provide you with perspectives from a book author, a journal editor and a publisher. The book author will share with you her strategies and the journey she took to publish her course resources in a series of textbooks. During the second part of the workshop the journal editor will outline strategies on how to prepare a submission for an international journal. During the last part of the workshop the publisher will provide you with a practical advice on how to a develop a proposal for a book. We have allocated 50 minutes for each session with 2 x 10 minutes breaks. Please note that the workshop is limited to only 45 people in order to enable discussion amongst the participants. The workshop is free to symposium participants and you will need to indicate if you would like to attend this workshop when you register for the symposium.
Design Education for Sustainability
10.00-10.15 Ursula Tischner & Peter Stebbing (Moderators)
Part One: Design for Emergency
10.20 -10.35 1. Daniel Barcza: design for Emergency: a new design course at MOME, Budapest
Director of the Design Institute at the Moholy-Nagy University, Budapest
10.40 - 10.55 2. Ben Walker: design for Rescue
Head, Innovation Responsable Research Unit. Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique, France
11.00 - 11.15 3. Jennifer Kopping course projects on sustainability, disaster management and community engagement
Lecturer, Greenside Design Centre College, Johannesburg
11.20 - 11.35 4. Stephanie Knödler The Elliot, an Ambulance for the disaster area
Graduate, Hochschule fuer Gestaltung, Schwaebisch Gmuend
11.40 - 11.55 5. Ursula Tischner Design for Disaster website project
12.00 - 12.30 GENERAL DISCUSSUION
12.30 - 13.00 LUNCH
Part Two. Teaching Strategies: Design Education for Sustainable Design
13.00 - 13.15 6. Ursula Tischner: Sustainable Design at Savannah College of Art and Design
13.20 - 13.35 7. Sue Vernon: Pedagogical strategies for Sustainability at the University College Falmouth Interim Associate Dean: School of Art and Design, University College Falmouth
13.40 - 13.55 8. Peter Stebbing: International MA Design courses as a strategy for Mitigative and Adaptive Design Hochschule fuer Gestaltung, Schwaebisch Gmuend
14.00 - 14.15 9. Lydia Matthews: the Solar Decathlon
Dean of Academic Programs / Associate Dean of Parsons/ Professor, Parsons The New School for Design
14.20 - 14.35 9. Chris Ryan: Sustainable Design in Australia
Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Science Innovation and Society, Director of the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (based on the Eco-Sense program) and theme leader Sustainable Cities for the Melbourne Sustainable Societies Institute.
14.40 - 15.00 GENERAL DISCUSSION & Conclusion
Presentation of Strate College Designers
Presentation of FDE (France Design Education, association of French design schools)
10.30 What's new?
Introducing: Changes, news, projects, partner search..
12.00 New Members Fair /Registration / Lunch
13.30 - 14.45 Input
Inter- and transculturality by Dr. Nadia Baghdadi.
Nadia Baghdadi has an MA degree in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. She
carried out PhD research at the Department of Geography at the University of Bern
and at the School of Health and Social Sciences at Middlesex University, London on
immigrant women of middle eastern background. Currently, she is the junior
coordinator of the international office at the Department of Social Work at the FHS
St.Gallen, University of applied sciences. She is also involved in establishing
transnational social work as a new focal point.
How ideas about culture shape our understanding of "the other". Reflecting on intercultural approaches.
Intercultural trainings are increasingly popular. They aim to help people to better understand "the other". A similar approach is ‘intercultural learning' which is based on a theory and method about how to act appropriately in various cultural contexts. More recently, the transcultural approach has also become popular. It examines how we move through and across cultural systems.
In my presentation I will critically discuss different contemporary approaches in the area of culture and communication. I will argue that what is perceived as "best practice" in inter- and transcultural communication depends very much on how we think about culture/s.
Contact person: Frederic Degouzon, L'ecole de design Nantes Atlantique, France
10:00 - 12:00 Part #1 Invited speakers : a glance at French interaction design
First speaker : Benoît Drouillat, President of "Designers Interactifs" - Main professional organisation for interaction design in FranceBenoît Drouillat is the founding president of *designers interactifs*, an organization to advance the interaction design profession in France. He has an hybrid background in both design and literature. He has held numerous positions in interactive agencies. He talks and teaches in design schools and at universities (Paris-Est Créteil and Limoges) about interface design and information architecture. He has published 2 books with Nicole Pignier: Penser le webdesign (2004) and Le Webdesign, sociale expérience des interfaces web (2008). http://www.designersinteractifs.org/ http://www.drouillat.com/
Second speakers : "Our experience as a small French innovation design consultancy" - Nicolas Gaudron & Virginia Cruz, IDSLNicolas Gaudron holds a Master of Arts in Design Products from the Royal College of Art in London.
After a work experience at IDEO Palo Alto (California), he worked at INRIA (French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control) as product / interaction designer on a new communication control protocol and smart devices («Interliving» European research project of the Disappearing Computer IST programme). He then joined Renault Industrial Design, «Prospective & Concept Car» Department where he has contributed to the development of the Human-Machine Interaction expertise, before founding IDSL in April 2007.
Virginia Cruz has an engineering and design background. She is graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole des Mines ParisTech, and from the Royal College of Art in London with a Master of Arts in Industrial Design. After working for Electrolux in Sweden, Sony R&D in France, she worked for Orange France Telecom group as interaction designer at the «Smart Objects and New Interfaces Laboratory» in Grenoble and at the Explocentre innovation centre in Paris. She joined IDSL in April 2008.
Teaching activities They talk and teach in design, engineering and business schools about innovation methodology, design thinking and interaction and service design. They started teaching in 2006 when they cofounded a 1-year interaction design studio at ENSAD (Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs) in Paris. They are supervisors and teachers of the interaction design course (part of the Humanities and Social Sciences programme) at Ecole Polytechnique since 2008. http://www.id-sl.com/eng_intro.html
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch break
13:00 - 15:00 Part#2 Members sessions : an introduction to Cumulus members' activities and projects
Rule : Fifteen minutes session to introduce your approach, your experiments or your outputs in the field of Digital Culture
You feel like you should be on stage ? Send us a mail f.degouzon[at]lecolededesign.com
Wednesday 18 May 2011 18.00 - 22.00 - Parsons Paris Fashion Show 2011 Venue: Cirque d'Hiver
More information and registration HERE
Thursday 19 May 2011 working meeting
Ecofashion - yes, no, maybe!?
If yes, can/should eco-consciousness be taught at school?
Has the eco-fashion trend reached its peak? Is it a mere fad that has passed its "best before" date as natural fashion victims with their short attention span, having had their fun fooling around with unbleached linens or vegetable dyes, are ready to move on to something new? Or, on the contrary, has the reality finally struck us and made us think about the vast ecological footprint we leave anywhere we lay our size 6 or 10 foot? Is green-ecological-environmental-ethical thinking merely an abstract notion, a topic of a few enthusiasts/practitioners or has it started, slowly yet consistently, to seep into the minds of the whole spectrum of fashion industry - from consumers to producers?
There is obviously no clear answer, as the degree of ecological thinking varies from individual to individual, from company to company and from country to country. However, some say that environmental issues, beyond being promoted by the get rich quick brigade who has little, if any, interest in the subject but has just exploited consumer concern, are regarded as a serious business and that the trend has not found its conclusion. Quite the opposite, it has hardly even started. The research that has been conducted in order to find greener ways to satisfy the fashion-hungry is enormous and the work towards minimum waste and maximum outcome is relentless. Organic cotton and recycling are just a few to mention. Fans of recycling really seem to be able to think up endless ways to turn the already used into something new. Yet, in the drive to create fashion that is truly eco there are no short cuts, it is a slow and often painstaking process.
It is true that "all green" has started to annoy and overwhelm and to some it may seem quite an artificial and an imposed-on-trend. But that does not mean that the natural and ecological is out. Local cultural heritage, the invaluable and economical practices of which we have cast aside far too quickly while hurrying into the future, is as important as the natural environment. Interesting and simple creative practices of the past could easily be "recycled", which in turn would limit all senseless wasting called consumption. Our pluralist and flexible (fashion) thinking is allowing completely different looks to co-exist at the same time - hence the ethnic with the classic, the ecological with the synthetic. At the same time, our understanding of nature is broadening. Even when purchasing a completely non-green fashion frenzy or taking out trash without having it sorted, then MAYBE a quiet subconscious voice is there to remind us about "the right way".
Hence we concentrate our Paris 2011 Cumulus fashion working group on everything green, its pros and cons, its present and future or maybe already the past tense?! Furthermore, we ask how to integrate ecological thinking already at the educational level, how to produce green designers? The latter we cannot obviously do without green professors, therefore our fashion designer and doctoral student of Fashion Design of EAA Reet Aus, whose thesis involves the three E-s - Economy, Environment, Ethics in Fashion, is giving a presentation on "UPCYCLING: reducing waste through design". The presentation covers the analysis of product life cycle, the related problems in textile and fashion industry and the question of waste. (http://reetaus.com/en/)
A refreshing insight into the history of traditional recycling - "Inheritage Technology and Sustainability" - will be given by Dr. Kärt Summatavet, University of Tartu.
Until then, think green! (Or if you are anti-green, think at least lime!)
The Interior and Furniture working group will convene again in Paris.
Colleagues are invited to present examples on teaching or research within the field, it could be opinions or focus on the field or examples on students work.
What do you work with and how does it look ?
Presentation of 5 - 10 minutes each. Please contact us.
1. Veronika Kotradyova, from the Faculty of Architecture - STU Bratislava, Slovakia has been invited to speak on "Innovative Processes of Teaching Interior and Furniture Design in Slovakia: A focus on Neuro-ergonomy and the Social Sciences."
Theme: Design and Management
Contact person: Prof. Helmut Lueckenhausen, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Chair, Prof. Helmut Lueckenhausen, PVC and CE, Swinburne University of Technology.
This working group was previously called the Leader's Forum as it grew out of a request for a continuing discussion that touched on the primary day to day working concerns of people involved in management and leadership in our faculties and schools. Policy, planning, resources and financial management, government and stakeholder relations etc. were considered to be among the key issues of interest for this group. At the March 2011 Cumulus Board meeting, the Board decided to recommend that the group be renamed to make it issues, rather than status/position based so that attendees could self-select whether they were interested in leadership and strategy which manifests in many ways and may be pertinent to many people in any organization.
The Paris 2011 Leaders Forum will involve short presentations by invited guests on their takes on what design management means to them. It will also be an opportunity for attendees to give their points of view and/or to ask questions.
Topic for Paris Conference: Design and Management
Christophe Chaptal de Chanteloup, author.
"What we understand by Design Management" 15min
Christian Guellerin, President, Cumulus Association.
"How we have made evolved our programmes to adapt them to the new challanges of design" 15min
Roundtable with the audience facilitated by Vice-President of Cumulus Helmut Lueckehausen.
Design is increasingly seen by government and industry as a creative tool for the development of prosperity and community well-being. Forward thinking developers of design programs have extended the reach of their programs beyond the primal act of creativity to the contextualized act of creating within a larger program of social endeavor. One aspect of these developments is the evolution of an understanding of, and engagement with, design management.
But what do we mean by design management ?
On the one hand design management can be seen as the capacity of designers to manage the process of design and eventually, to develop the skills to manage design companies. On the other - and this may be an even further-reaching interpretation - design management touches on the capacity of managers in general to understand the potential for design to contribute to company outcomes.
The overall goals for the Contemporary Working Group are to define the place of contemporary art within Cumulus; to further a discussion of the role of contemporary art in our global environment and economy, and to promote a dialogue as to the "political" in regards to contemporary art. To this end, during the Paris conference we propose a reflexion on the assertion that historically relevant art is an art in and of its time, and our time is the information age. You are invited to join our discussion on contemporary art and how it addresses and engages with the following concepts:
Global warming and climate change
Ethnicity and identity
- - Global Water Working Group - NEW GROUP! WELCOME!
Water is by far too complex a phenomenon to be dealt with from only an economic perspective. To address the topic solely through the sustainability perspective might repel designers who are concerned exclusively with what they consider creating beauty - which is still one of the strongest motifs to become a designer.
There is nevertheless a multitude of possible entries to that topic which can help designers get involved in order to develop 1. An attitude towards water at all 2. Start perceiving water a a cornerstone to a sustainable future 3. Draw an outline of topics, projects and products waiting for smart design-solutions.
The Global Water Working Group of Cumulus has been founded at the Shanghai Conference in 2010. At the Paris conference it starts it's active work, in honour to our French hosts under the title of "design de l'eau". Everybody is invited to join the group's session on May 19th from 10.00am thru 1pm and for discussions in the afternoon.