Ezio Manzini, Albert Fuster, Twelfth International Conference on Design Principles & Practices, ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, Barcelona, Spain
Twelfth International Conference on Design Principles & Practices, ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, Barcelona, Spain
Twelfth International Conference on Design Principles & Practices, ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, Barcelona, Spain
Oscar Tomico, Twelfth International Conference on Design Principles & Practices, ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, Barcelona, Spain
Marti Guixè, Twelfth International Conference on Design Principles & Practices, ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, Barcelona, Spain

Twelfth International Conference on Design Principles & Practices

  • 2018 Special Focus: No Boundaries Design
  • 5–7 March 2018
  • ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, Barcelona, Spain

At a Glance...

3

Days of paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters, and colloquia.

255 +

Delegates from all over the world who attended the Twelfth International Conference on Design Principles & Practices.

36

Countries represented.

2018 Special Focus: No Boundaries Design

We’re living in a complex world where any old certainties, beliefs, and systems of knowledge are losing value and authority. Today many traditional boundaries between people, things, ideas, as well as places, seem to be collapsing in the face of new forces of technological, political, social and cultural evolution. Often it seems that we are losing our awareness of what could be our future and our role and responsibility to participate in its building. What will be our identities, needs, or expectations

Design stands in between such new material and immaterial relations. Designers can play a unique role in answering these questions by facilitating debate, reflection, and transformative actions. Designers always assume a social and a political role, by defining our material world. Nowadays this seems to be a key responsibility: combining new knowledge, critical thinking, as well as consciousness and creativity to transform large scale issues on the basis of the real needs of the community – which is where human life happens.

In general terms, this means to work in ways that overpass any established boundaries between cultures, disciplines, social rules and political places. “No Boundaries Design” is the new challenge. Where and how do we implicitly construct boundaries, explicitly deconstruct them when they act as barriers, or build then in resilient ways when they are necessary? How can design play a role in giving people the voice to choose their own way of thinking and acting, themselves to be agents of change within and beyond boundaries?

Conference Co-Chairs

Loredana Di Lucchio

Loredana Di Lucchio

Architect; Researcher; Professor, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy

Lorenzo Imbesi

Lorenzo Imbesi

Architect; Professor, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy

Arianna Mazzeo

Arianna Mazzeo

Director, Masterlab in Service Design Systems, Desislab Elisava Leader, Barcelona, Spain

Plenary Speakers

The Twelfth International Conference on Design Principles & Practices featured plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Marti Guixè

Marti Guixè

Interior and Industrial Designer, Barcelona, Spain and Berlin, Germany

"Ex-designer"

Oscar Tomico

Oscar Tomico

Program Head, Design Engineering Bachelor's Degree Program, ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering, Barcelona, Spain; Assistant Professor, Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands

"Towards a Research Program in the Interdisciplinary Field of Soft Wearables and Smart Textiles"

Ariel Guersenzvaig

Ariel Guersenzvaig

Senior Lecturer and Researcher, ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering, Barcelona, Spain

"Design Ethics: A Dual Challenge"

Ezio Manzini

Ezio Manzini

Founder, DESIS Network; Distinguished Professor on Design for Social Innovation, ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, Barcelona, Spain; Honorary Professor, Polytechnic University of Milan, Milan, Italy; Guest Professor, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China

"The Making of Collaborative Cities"

Albert Fuster

Albert Fuster

Academic Director, ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, Barcelona, Spain

"The Making of Collaborative Cities"

Emerging Scholar Awardees

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award, with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics. The 2018 Emerging Scholar Awardees are listed below.

Dr. Fay Al-Khalifa

Dr. Fay Al-Khalifa

University of Bahrain, Zallaq, Kingdom of Bahrain

Maxim Lamirande

Maxim Lamirande

University of Montréal, Montréal, Canada

Jinoh Park

Jinoh Park

North Carolina State University, North Carolina, USA

Thomas Girard

Thomas Girard

Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Vancouver, Canada

Rachel Pool

Rachel Pool

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, Arizona, USA

Farzad Zamani

Farzad Zamani

University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Victoria Meldrum

Victoria Meldrum

Ball State University, Indiana, USA

Erfandy Muhammad

Erfandy Muhammad

University of Indonesia, Indonesia

Virozza Bianca Jasmine

Virozza Bianca Jasmine

University of Indonesia, Indonesia

Aziz Maulana

Aziz Maulana

University of Indonesia, Indonesia

Host Institution & Conference Partner

Virtual Presentations

Virtual Posters

Virtual Posters present preliminary results of work or projects that lend themselves to visual representations. Download the posters below.

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are 5-minute "flash" video presentations. Click the button below to view the videos on our YouTube channel.