Monthly Archives: July 2011

Giving a 20 minute conference paper

I hope you don’t find being given advice on 20 minute presentations patronising. The executive of the Design History Society thought it would be a good idea. 20 minutes is a standard length of time to give a conference paper. … Continue reading

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Design Activism and Design Futures — Panel Discussion

Are we at a particular juncture in the history of design and design activism? Are the effects of Peak Oil, global economic recession, transnational migration, the Arab spring and governmental policy crises conspiring to produce new ways of designing? What are … Continue reading

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Legacies of Radical Design — Panel Discussion

Perhaps it is strange to talk of ‘legacies of Radical Design’ since in many respects it’s still going on. But I think it is fair to say — indeed I’ve said this in an earlier post — that, to be … Continue reading

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Design as Politics, Special Colloquium – Saturday 10 September

“Design as Politics”: A colloquium around Design, Ethics, Politics and Sustainability The publication of Tony Fry’s Design as Politics (Berg, 2011) with its provocative argument that sustainment cannot be achieved through democratic politics, provides an occasion to discuss and debate … Continue reading

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Conference Gala Dinner

Isabel Campi, the conference Chair, has just e.mailed me from Barcelona to confirm that the conference Gala Dinner on Friday 9 September will take place at the restaurant-terraza of the Museu d’Història de Catalunya. The restaurant is called ‘1881 per Sagardi’. … Continue reading

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Ken Garland and Huda Smitshuijzen Abifares in conversation

I’m pleased to announce that we have been able to add an extra event to the programme. Ken Garland and Huda Smitshuijzen Abifares have both kindly agreed to come to Barcelona and stage a conversation between them. This will take … Continue reading

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