2017 Conference Partner
The Institute without Boundaries (IwB) was founded in 2003 by the School of Design at George Brown College, in consultation with Bruce Mau. The IwB is a Toronto-based academic program and studio that offers unique educational experience and professional services. The Institute focuses on collaborative design practice with the objectives of social, ecological and economic innovation through design research and strategy.
Central to the work of the IwB are real projects of public and global significance that are executed by students, faculty and industry experts either as part of the academic curriculum, research initiatives and/ or creative projects. The Institute has three divisions: an academic postgraduate certificate program called Interdisciplinary Design Strategy; a research division that supports special projects that further the IwB’s objectives, and a professional projects division that offers consulting services.
As a top design training and research centre, the IwB is committed to collaborative and interdisciplinary design practice. At the Institute, we see the designer as a problem solver with the ability to affect positive change for humanity. We are a place where students, teachers, industry and community experts come together not only as creators and designers, but also as ambassadors of hope. We imagine how to live, learn, work, and play together as a global community and seek alternative development patterns and viable paths to a bright future.
2018 Conference Partner
Founded in 1961, ELISAVA was the first School of Design to be established in Spain. For this reason, the methodological guidelines it has developed have been adopted as a model by other schools.
ELISAVA promotes knowledge, research, development, and innovation in all the fields revolving around design, engineering, and communication. This is achieved by means of an academic training that prepares the students to meet professional challenges at an international level, promoting the relationship of our community with the business sector, as well as with institutions and nowadays society. In this way, the School ensures the student’s viability to transform themselves and grow in a global and changing environment.
ELISAVA wants to become a university centre with the status of international model, contributing to the transformation of human environment and the creation of new realities; combining the development of design, engineering and communication with creativity and quality.
2018 Conference Partner
DESIS Lab ELISAVA are change agents. We explore the relationship between design and social change and our goal is open the mind-set both in education in design-led social innovation practices and in research.
Desis Lab ELISAVA works as the hub of the Municipality and Government of Catalonia, foundations, associations, universities, schools and museums, both at local and international level.
It operates in the framework of the Desis Network, participating in large scale research programs, clusters and projects addressed to effect social change at the urban scale.
The Desis Network consists of more than 30 design labs based in design universities around the world orienting their teaching and research activities towards social innovation and sustainability.
Network PartnerCumulus is an international association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media. It is the only global association to serve art and design education and research. Cumulus exists as a forum to create partnerships, transfer knowledge and to share best practices. Currently, Cumulus counts 226 members from 49 countries.
The European Academy of Design was formed in 1994 to improve European-wide research collaboration and dissemination and to promote the publication and dissemination of design research. The Academy is headed by a committee of leading academics from across Europe, as well as from North America and Australia. To date, the Academy has hosted ten international conferences. Since 1997, The Design Journal had been published in association with the European Academy of Design. This refereed journal, published six times each year, provides a platform for the dissemination of design thinking and research. It aims to encourage discussion across traditional boundaries between practice and theory, and between disciplines defined by working media, materials and areas of application. The Academy also publishes the proceedings of its conferences. Membership is open to all of those interested in design research, whether academic, student, or practitioner.
PUC-Rio was the first private higher education institution in the country, created by the Catholic Church. It was founded in 1940 by Cardinal D. Sebastião Leme and Father Leonel Franca S.J.
Beyond providing education, PUC-Rio undertook the task of assisting the community, based on Christian ethical values, solidarity and human respect. It represents a space for achievement, overcoming challenges and development of its students.
The university operates under the supervision of the Society of Jesus and under the supreme authority of the Cardinal Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro as its Grand Chancellor.
PUC-Rio is a non-profit philanthropic institution.
It is thus a Catholic university based in Christian humanistic principles.
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