Nordes 2009 – Program

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Lizbeth Goodmanis the founder and director of SMARTlab Digital Media Institute and the MAGIC Multimedia & Games Innovation Centre, Gamelab and PLAYroom. She joined the University of East London (UK) as the new Chair of Creative Technology Innovation in 2005. Lizbeth is widely published and her work has been recognized with numerous awards. An innovative and distributed PhD programme is a major innovation in her varied portfolio. She places community needs and interests, especially those of women, at the heart of her approach to technology.Case Studies from the Edge of MYI Culture: how the revolutions of universal co-design and digital materialisation can provide true ‘access for all’

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Mark Cameron Burryis the director of Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) at RMIT (Melbourne, Australia). He is also the founding director of RMIT’s Design Institute and holds several visiting professor and board positions. Mark’s research has centred on the life, work and compositional strategies of the architect Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona and on theory in architectural practice. His publications address the fields of design and construction, and the use of computers in design theory and practice. SIAL works to forge holistic transdisciplinary and practice-based research, and related educational and collaboratives environments concerning contemporary spatial design activity.Convergent design and contemporary transdisciplinary design research dilemmas: the status of the idea, authorship, ownership, curatorship and leadership within creative collaborations.

The meta-theme of this keynote is the ‘idea’ and it’s status within transdisciplinary design practice, research and education. By ‘transdisciplinary’ we are referring to two or more design disciplines collaborating in such a way that each discipline is transformed through the collaboration but not at the expense of the design disciplines involved nor their respective intellectual domains – transforming enrichment not change to the discipline per se.

There is a subtle difference here between ‘trans’ and ‘inter’, ‘multi’ and ‘cross’ disciplinary design, but with the convergence of aspects of contemporary design practice as well as widespread adoption of each other’s tools and techniques, a key challenge for design research is to investigate new modes of practice, research and learning fit for the opportunities that digital design offers in transforming and combining aspects of all three.

Within the transdisciplinary meta-theme of the keynote lie some core sub-themes that will be proposed as a beginning point to help establish how best to enjoy our collective creative practice when we work on the same project. Referring to aspects of the last works of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, these sub-themes are the dilemmas posed by design authorship, ownership, curatorship and leadership. In design collaboration leadership versus ownership seems to be the proverbial ‘elephant in the room’; working on far more complex briefs than ever before designers tend to work together more collaboratively on designs that extend well beyond a single discipline brief. In doing so they proceed often without fully understanding how best to work together. How should we show the appropriate assuming ownership of the design or leadership in the process. And how new is this confusion?

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Lavrans Løvlieplaces the innovative potential of design at the centre of his work. Since studying at the Rhode Island School of Design (USA) and the Royal College of Art in London he has motivated understanding and practices around services in the public and private sector. Lavrans is a founding member of Livework, a company that aims to improve our experiences and perceptions of service design so that digital technologies can be put to use in to improve our daily lifeworlds.From Products to People – Service Thinking:
The nineteenth and twentieth centuries were all about industrialization of products. Mass production and economies of scale tackled many of the issues of the day and meant that people in the developed countries saw their standard of living leap. Today our western economies are 75% service-based and we live in an information age.  Despite this, service organisations are locked in a product-thinking paradigm. In his talk, Lavrans will discuss the innovative potential of genuine service thinking, and how it affects the design process and the services we all use on a daily basis.
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