Strand 1 . Histories of design criticism
In the course of the 20th century in many countries design criticism gradually developed into an independent discipline. Authors with different professional background – art historians, architects, artists, designers… – qualified themselves as specialists in the discussion or evaluation of material products. Coinciding with the worldwide professionalization of industrial design, new magazines were established which devoted special attention to the topic. Although the work of several authors such as Reyner Banham has been thoroughly studied and a few anthologies and critical volumes on design criticism have been published, our knowledge of how the discipline developed worldwide is still limited. This session aims at addressing this lack of knowledge and welcomes papers that focus on key figures, representative media or significant moments in the history of design criticism within a particular country or region. What traditions, transitions or trajectories can we detect within the development of design criticism? How can they inform contemporary research and practice? Through mapping and discussing different histories of design criticism, this session implicitly intends to feed the ongoing debate on the crisis in design criticism, and as such also welcomes papers that address the dynamic possibilities of confronting historical references and interpretations of contemporary practices.
VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands and Ghent University, Belgium
Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto, Portugal
Strand 2 . Design Education in Art, Craft, Technology, and other Traditions
Design education was mainly based on art, craft or technology education. From these different traditions, each of which had its own historical and social context, modern design education emerged in the early twentieth century. There are, however, also some other important traditions in education such as home economics which were originally related to design or gradually associated with it. Although they are often considered exceptional or not part of the mainstream, their history is as long as or even longer than that of art, craft, or technology in some countries. We welcome papers which are consciously written on one or some of these different traditions in design education. These papers may be fruitful in helping our understanding of the historical and present position of design education in each country and the world.
Osaka University, Japan
Department of Communication and Art, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Strand 3 . Aesthetics beyond style
Contemporary design discourse avoids hedonism and aesthetical pleasure as a consequence of relating those experiences to the territory of consumerism and the exploitation of senses. However, hedonism as a refinement of pleasure has been a driving force of humanizing mankind. By portraying the specific field of research based on the experience of things and their sensory properties, we are interested in discussing how design participates in self-construction and civilisation processes, through the aesthetic dimension of things.
We invite researchers to present theoretical frameworks and/or empirical studies within the context of aesthetics of design. We welcome contributions addressing the track’s topic related to the world of things e.g. sceneries, ambiences, atmospheres, public and private spaces, as well as visual signs, graphic diagrams, labels, screens, books, tools, machines and electric appliances, furniture, lights and clothes, etc.
The purpose of this track is to draw out a reflection upon the extent to which aesthetical contribute to the quality of one design and to the quality of everyday life, enhancing the arguments for happiness.
University of Barcelona, Spain
University of Leuven, Belgium
Her research focuses on phenomenology, interior architecture, design theory and aesthetics. She publishes in journals including Idea Journal, Architectoni.ca, The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial and Environmental Design, Iconofacto (Arquitectura Y Diseño), Journal of British Society for Phenomenology. She is an expert nominated by European Commission to evaluate projects. During the sabbatical of 2005/2006 she researched at University of Barcelona; in 1999/2000 with a fellowship from Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung she researched at University of Munich and during 1993/1995 at University of Heidelberg on the framework of her PhD in Phenomenology, Aesthetics and Education. She is master in Contemporary Philosophy from the University of Coimbra.