Days of paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters, and colloquia.
Delegates from all over the world who attended the Ninth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices.
New technologies are revolutionizing not only the way we communicate, but also how we manufacture the artificial world we live in. As a consequence, we are experiencing a new generation of production processes affecting not only industry as we know it, but also the overall organization of society, our objects, and services, reaching into the environment, the architecture, and the urban spaces in which we live.
The new technological revolution questions the way we produce, manufacture, distribute, and fund everything, from small to big objects we deal with in our everyday lives. The design profession is changing its nature in an interdisciplinary way, merging the role of the producer and the consumer, thereby challenging our professional practices, approaches to design education, and management of the design process.
New words and platforms such as 3D printing, mass customization, crowd funding/crowdsourcing, networked manufacturing, peer production/open source, and BIM Building Information Modeling are revolutionizing the principles and practices of the professional, all the while, creating new opportunities through which to manage the increasing complexity of the project.
The conference introduces an interdisciplinary critical reflection on the past, the present, and the future of industry in order to outline the disruptive shift at any scale in its immaterial processes and physical products and to bring out the challenges for the design profession.
The city of Chicago, through its history and character, personifies the past and future of industry. In fact, the architecture and the shape of the city both reflect the organization and the aesthetics of the old manufacturing production, yet we also can discover in Chicago the innovation of the present and the expectations of future technologies. Therefore, the Design Principles and Practices Conference in Chicago aims to look to the memory of the industrial revolution while questioning the future opportunities coming from the next technological revolution.
The Ninth International Conference on Design Principles & Practices featured plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field.
For each conference, a small number of Graduate Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for graduate students at this stage in their academic careers. The 2015 Graduate Scholar Awardees are listed below.