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31 May 2017

Symposium Southern Perspectives On Transition Design

June 8th and 9th 2017

Transition Design is an emerging field of practice, study and research promoting an active role of design in the transition to more sustainable futures. Considering the complexity of challenges such as climate change, bio-diversity loss, depletion of non-renewable resources, rising inequality or migration crisis, it proposes to integrate different branches of knowledge together along with design’s culture in our response to them. It’s activity is centered in domains such as the relationship between stakeholders and transitions at a systematic level that are always assesed against the context and quality of everyday lifestyles.

The symposium Southern Perspectives on Transition Design aims to be a forum to advance the definition, knowledge, research and practice of the Transition Design with the contribution southern European and Latin perspective among others.

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Thursday June, 8

Conference by Terry Irwin, director of the Design Carnegie Mellon University of Philadelphia, USA, on the Design for Transition. Interventions by Gideon Kossoff, researcher in Transition Design at CMU, and Cameron Tonkinhwise, director of PhD studies at CMU and professor at University of Technology of Sidney.

Friday 9, June, from 9.30h to 6.00h PM


Morning Session:

Local agents from different origins (design, housing cooperatives, art, sociology, citizens’ movements, philosophy) present experiences related to design for transition, in order to generate a collective debate, with the participation of Terry Irwin, Gideon Kossoff and Cameron Tonkinhwise.
Hosted by: Adrià Garcia i Mateu

Evening Session:

Itinerary A
Workshop with local stakeholders to take the praxis of the design for transition to the aspects learnt in the morning session.

Itinerary B
Academic sessions with communication presentations and posters related to the fields:

The deadline to submit the abstracts on the platform is May 25th.
A collection of articles and posters will be published in the next issue of EINA's GdR Design Processes.

Tània Costa, Adrià Garcia i Mateu


Symposium Southern Perspectives On Transition Design