Thirteenth International Conference on Design Principles & Practices, St. Petersburg University, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 1-3 March 2019
Thirteenth International Conference on Design Principles & Practices, St. Petersburg University, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 1-3 March 2019
Thirteenth International Conference on Design Principles & Practices, St. Petersburg University, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 1-3 March 2019

Thirteenth International Conference on Design Principles & Practices

  • 2019 Special Focus: Design + Context
  • 1–3 March 2019
  • St. Petersburg University, Saint Petersburg, Russia

At a Glance...

3

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

235 +

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

42

Countries represented.

2019 Special Focus: Design + Context

The 2019 edition of the International Design Principles and Practices Conference invites designers and academics to present their ideas and experience, concerning the differing relationships between Design and Context.

Design

From a “Design” point of view, what role and impact might the practices of design have on the historical context to which it is applied? How does design make change, not only for a future context, but to the present? Lately there are a lot of talk about designing for the future; looking at design as primarily a speculative enterprise. Maybe this is due to a ‘future context’ being more attractive for designers, than untangling already existing crisis’s in real contexts. Nevertheless, it is important to consider the present context before imaging new futures. In this line of questioning there is a productive demand: how design allows for the plurality of present contexts, the growing gap between people living in the future and in the past, between different cultures, professional fields and thus, between different contexts.

Can we see “Design” as a tool for changing “Context”? Traditionally the outcome of design are the objects produced to respond to the economic, functional, aesthetic needs; with meanings and messages inserted into those objects. Exploring these objects and meanings, we could identify them as tools and methods of change by Design and trace them as ‘contours’ of innovation on an alternative map of new contexts, influenced and born through Design activities.

Context

From the “Context” point of view, what impact do social contexts have on design, as a discipline and as a profession? As Marx asked: “It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence but their social existence that determines their consciousness”. Seeing context as social existence, that determines a lot not only a lifestyle but also consciousness, how might context demand things of design as well? What are the particularities that every different context leaves on design? In times increasing globalization, are there some characteristics that make design from one cultural/social/political/geographic reality different to the one from another? And if it is a loop, and the context does determine consciousness, should we exchange the best practices that we possess to bring change?

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

Ksenia Pozdnyakova

Ksenia Pozdnyakova

Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Design at the Faculty of Arts, and Head of the DESIS Design Lab, St. Petersburg University, St. Petersburg, Russia

Speakers at the Conference Welcome Address

Tatiana Chernigovskaya

Tatiana Chernigovskaya

Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, St. Petersburg University, St. Petersburg, Russia

World recognized specialist in neurobiology, psycholinguistics, and theory of consciousness.
Author of more than 30 articles and monographs in different languages.

​Ivan Uralov

​Ivan Uralov

Professor, Faculty of Arts, of the St. Petersburg University, St. Petersburg, Russia; Member, Universal Club of St. Petersburg

Plenary Speakers

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

Maria Stashenko

Maria Stashenko

Director, Design Thinking Center, and Co-Founder, Wonderfull Laboratory, Russia


"The Power of Empathy: Changing City, Policies, and Culture"

Axel Quack

Axel Quack

Strategy Director, frog, Germany


"Venture Building by Design"

Ivan Puzyrev

Ivan Puzyrev

Head, AR/VR Department, Strelka KB, Moscow, Russia


"Antagonism of Augmented and Virtual Reality: From Disillusion to Eye-Opener"

Ilya Utekhin

Ilya Utekhin

Professor, Department of Anthropology, European University at St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia


"Ethnography and Design: Case of Conversation Technology"

Alexandra Bobretsova

Alexandra Bobretsova

Founder, INRU, St. Petersburg, Russia


""System of Industrial Design in Russia: Infrastructure, Technologies, Schoola and Practices of Activity""

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 themes. The Award, with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics. The 2019 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients are listed below.

Su Cheong "Jackson" Wong

Su Cheong "Jackson" Wong

Open University Malaysia, Malaysia

Zhou Fang

Zhou Fang

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Lisa Winstanley

Lisa Winstanley

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Federico Vaz

Federico Vaz

Loughborough University London, United Kingdom

Daria Gradusova

Daria Gradusova

Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

​Fatma Nur Gökdeniz

​Fatma Nur Gökdeniz

Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

Conference Partners

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

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