Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Pop-up christmas shop

The christmas spirit is spreading all over from Copenhagen to London. If you still miss ideas for gifts, brush the snowflakes from your eyelashes and come take a peek at the Puff & Flock pop-up shop on Newburgh Street (just off Carnaby and around the corner from Liberty's of London). You will discover a series of textile christmas delights and other decoration accessories.

8 Newburgh Street, London W1f 7RQ

Opening Hours:
Monday, 13th December: 12 - 7 pm
Tuesday, 14th December: 12 - 9 pm *special evening event 6 - 9pm*
Wednesday, 15th December: 12 - 7pm
Thursday, 16th December: 12 - 8pm
Friday, 17th December: 12 - 7pm
Saturday, 18th December: 11 - 8pm
Sunday, 19th December: 12 - 6pm

List of Designers & Artists:
retourve by Bang Bang / Exclusive collection of up-cycled statement jewellery
Monstify / Anatomical crochet badges and more
Grit Hartung / Games, prints and t-shirts
Yuko Taguchi / Paper rings
Masako Sato / Mushroom hooks
Jo Angell / Printed cushions
smths / animated jewellery and vintage toys
Elisabeth Buecher / Make Up Wallpaper and greeting cards
Delight Rubellery / Colourful rubber jewellery by Ros Weaver
Super Chic Chick/ / Hair decorations by Marilou Rabourdin
Think-if / Elegant tea set and Zen Cup
Lucy Hall / Art works and textile design
Alexandra Cakyova / Cittatas - bird brooches
Fantastica / Laid-back intimates and vests
Tactile Wonderland / Intimates and jewellery

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Monday, 13 December 2010

Adaptive Architecture Conference

An International Conference at the Building Centre, London,
3-5 March 2011

Architecture has always been inventive and adaptable. However, our current era is unique in its technological potential combined with societal and environmental challenges. The need to generate sustainability, developments in design techniques and technology advances are leading to the emergence of a new Adaptive Architecture.

The built environment is becoming truly responsive in terms of physical, real-time changes acting under intelligent control. Adaptive Architecture can be characterized by four key attributes; it is Dynamic, Transformable, Bio-inspired and Intelligence.

Drawing on these themes, the Adaptive Architecture Conference will bring together leading practitioners, researchers and industry experts who will present built work and practical research. Presenters will demonstrate new types of reconfigurable architecture, and will show how adaptive strategies can extend a building’s life cycle, enhance energy efficiency and optimise resource utilisation.

The conference will be organised into four modules:

Dynamic Facades
Next-generation, responsive facades will be examined, including the creation of a building fabric that is both intelligent and communicative. Presenters will demonstrate systems that are capable of reducing energy demands, enhancing occupant comfort and integrating energy generation into contemporary architecture.

Transformable Structures
Methods to create building-scale structures that change their size and shape will be demonstrated. Speakers will discuss architecture that adapts over different time-scales, whether daily cycles or long term response to changing economic demands, climate adaptation, weather patterns, emergencies and other external factors

Bio-inspired materials
Nature creates responsive organisms and materials that transform, heal, and change colour. These functions originate at the molecular level and scale up to create adaptive systems that actuate by chemical and physical cues. Utilizing insights from the natural world, researchers are now creating a new generation of adaptive materials and devices. Speakers will present state of the art research, and discuss how nature’s strategies can provide inspiration for design

As buildings develop the capacity to adapt, the challenge is to implement effective control where building automation systems, user interfaces and services can interact seamlessly, to embed intelligence within the architecture. Speakers will present current strategies as well as explore the future potential of intelligent systems.

Adaptive Architecture international conference will be running a peer reviewed stream for research papers.

The review committee is composed of:

Philip Beesley, Philip Beesley Architect Inc. and University of Waterloo
Professor Ulrich Knaack, TU Delft
Professor Robert Kronenburg, University of Liverpool
William McLean, University of Westminster
Andrew Scoones, The Building Centre
Holger Schnädelbach, University of Nottingham
Bob Shiel, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London
Professor Michael Stacey, University of Nottingham

If you are interested in participating in the Adaptive Architecture international conference please contact


Organisers: The Building Centre and The Architecture & Tectonics Research Group of the University of

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

ArchiTextile. The Textile Medium in Architecture, Past to Present

Zurich, May 19-20, 2011

The conference explores the textile medium, technology, material and metaphor in the history and theory of architecture from antiquity to the present. Contemporary experiments and phenomena in the architectural discourse open new perspectives onto the history and theory of architecture. Textile surfaces create architectural, social and topological spaces and are essential to the built space. Their qualities such as elasticity, foldability, plasticity, opacity and transparency are an important part of architectural language, but have not yet been studied systematically. The tension between the textile and the tectonic generates notions such as building as clothing and myths of the textile origins of architecture, and the ornamental grammar of textures connects building structures to the textus, the textual weaving. The textile medium connecting a variety of fields of human activity is equally open to historical, sociological, psychological, technological and aesthetic enquiries as it addresses issues of veiling and revealing and phenomena such as the fold, the fleece, the membrane, the curtain, the interface or the network. Historians and theorists of architecture are invited to reflect on the textility in architecture from a broad thematic and historical perspective as to contributing to a history of the textile medium.

We welcome papers that discuss subjects such as, for instance:

- Myths: textile myths of the origins of architecture (e.g. Moses' Tabernacle); anthropological origins (e.g. Gottfried Semper's Bekleidungsprinzip); nomadism in post-modern theory; modern and contemporary tent structures (e.g. Frei Otto, Herzog & de Meuron); history of the curtain wall

- Identities: sacred textile spaces (e.g. vela and cortinae in Christian, Jewish and Muslim architecture); textile display of power in the medieval and early modern period; gendered interiors (e.g. Adolf Loos, Henry van de Velde)

- Ephemerality: textile spaces in public display (e.g. medieval war tents, contemporary stadiums); theatricality of painted cloths; flexibility, changeability and performativity in contemporary architecture; mobile tents (e.g. medieval travel tents); foldable sails (e.g. antique stadium vela); tent interiors (e.g. Schinkel)

- Materials and Designs: from concrete to fiberglass; translucency of high-tech weavings; digital images and projections in space; texts printed and incised in architectural surfaces; textile geometry; CAD/digital textures; textile interiors; textile structures in urbanism

Please send your proposal for a 20 minutes paper (max. 300 words) together with a short CV and list of publications to mateusz.kapustka@access.uzh.ch. The deadline for the proposals is December 10, 2010. PhD candidates and young researchers are especially welcomed to submit their proposals.

Conference languages are German and English. The organizers will apply for funding as to cover travelling and lodging expenses. Selected papers will be published in a volume of conference proceedings.

Mateusz Kapustka (mateusz.kapustka@access.uzh.ch)
Laurent Stalder (laurent.stalder@gta.arch.ethz.ch)
Philip Ursprung (philip.ursprung@gta.arch.ethz.ch)
Tristan Weddigen (tristan.weddigen@khist.uzh.ch)

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
University of Zurich


Monday, 22 November 2010

Computation & Craft Symposium

The Digital Crafting Research network is organizing the first Digital Crafting symposium. It asks how the progressive integration of design, analysis and making challenges the knowledge spaces of design, engineering and craft. It seeks to investigate areas of collaboration and super-imposition, and to discuss the potentials for the discipline.

Leading practitioners and researchers from fields critical to the profession are invited. Designers engaging fabrication and computation within the design process, software developers integrating physical behaviour in design environments and engineers working on the integration of analysis and design will discuss the impact of computation on design from their perspective. Together we will work to synthesise a vision for design and making in the 21st century.

The DigitalCrafting symposium is open to the public and addresses practitioners, students as well as researchers.

Date: Friday 10.12.2010

Venue: Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture
Auditorium 2
Philip de Langes Allé 10
1435 Copenhagen K

Program: 10.30 Registration
11.00 Intro to the Digital Crafting Symposium and Network - Mette Ramsgard Thomsen, Martin Tamke, Claus Peder Pedersen

11.15 Session 1: Computation and Fabrication – How to fabricate?

Enric Ruiz Geli (cloud9 / Barcelona) http://www.ruiz-geli.com
Martin Antemann (Blumer Lehmann AG/ Gossau) http://www.blumer-lehmann.ch
Fabian Scheurer (designtoproduction / Zuerich) http://www.designtoproduction.com

13.00 Lunch

13.45 Session 2: Computation and Simulation – How to Analyze?
Azam Khan, Autodesk Research (Toronto, Canada) http://www.autodeskresearch.com
Tristan Simmonds (Simmonds Studio / London) http://www.tristansimmonds.com
Sean Ahlquist (icd / University of Stuttgart) http://icd.uni-stuttgart.de

15.25 Coffee break

15.45 Session 3: Computation and Design - How to design?
Michael Meredith (mos-office New York) http://www.mos-office.net
Tobias Wallisser (Lava / AKA Stuttgart) http://www.l-a-v-a.net http://www.architektur.abk-stuttgart.de
Max Maxwell (Supermanouvre / London-NYC) http://www.supermanoeuvre.com/

17.30 Closing remarks and end of Symposium

Monday, 1 November 2010

The role of Material Evidence in Architectural Design

This seminar, in which I will take part, is organized by DKAD, the Danish Doctoral School and will take place in the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, school of Architecture on the 3rd & 4th of November. PhD students will discuss the role of material evidences in their research in respect to the work of the guests panel, including Michael Hensel, Jonathan Hill, Billie Faircloth or Mikkel Kragh.

More info and program are available at this link.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Design Council: Design Glossary #1 - 'Co-Design'

The Design Council are in the process of 'crowdsourcing' a series of design terms to help designers define their value to clients. The first term is: co-design...

The term 'co-design' is frequently used within the field of design but use, application and principles vary depending on context and discipline. Last year I carried out come research into co-design and presented on open lecture to a large group of students, tutors and my PhD supervisors.

Co-Everything: Defining Co-Design within the field of fashion & textiles was a thirty minute presentation followed by a question and answer session. This was a really valuable exercise for me as a designer and researcher... I found that the landscape is huge and the term co-design is associated to multiple modes of design practice. The question and answer session enabled the audience to challenge co-design, contribute their opinions and share their insights with me.

Following on from 'Co-Everything' I designed and facilitated a series of exploratory co-design workshops with textile design students. These workshops are going to be expanded upon over the next twelve months... If you are interested in participating please send me an email.

What is co-design? Instead of a definition I have made a list

Co-design is a method / an act of collective creativity / it bridges the gap between the designer and the user / goes beyond specialist mindsets / welcomes the unexpected / should encourage a playful approach / is a shared experience / ...

To add your definition visit the design council facebook page... I am going to submit something more specific this afternoon.

Friday, 8 October 2010

What is textile design research by Duck Journal

Ice-fern by Aurélie Mossé and Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen

Duck , the electronic journal for Research in Textiles and Textile Design published by the University of Loughborough has launched its first issue. This volume explores, through a series of eleven papers, the nature and significance of current Textile Design research and aims to establish a platform for future discourse. Together with designers such as Linda Worbin or Elisabeth Heimdal, I have been publishing about my work in this issue where I unfold parts of my current research on energy-harvesting and self-actuated textiles by addressing the role smart textile can play in a domestic context. Discover more about these cutting-edge textile research, the journal is available for free at this link.

Monday, 4 October 2010

My Crowdsoucing / Crowdvoting Experiment!

My Entry 2010

I am participating in a little project inspired and driven by my research project. As well as exploring co-design concepts for fashion and textile design, I am really inspired by social networking and new technology. Therefore I have set myself a 'crowdsourcing / crowdvoting' challenge and would love you to participate!

Crowdsoucing is an act of outsourcing tasks to the crowd through an open call for participation. The designs produced are openly revealed to the pubic who can cast votes and submit comments.

"Talenthouse is a platform providing opportunities to the world’s creative community – a place to participate in unique projects with artists and brands, collaborate, gain recognition and compensation."

I have submitted a fashion design concept for their creative invite to design a stage outfit for Florence from Florence and the Machine.

The Process

Stage 1: Create a design concept and submit

Stage 2: Gather support

Stage 3: Collect votes

Stage 4: Voting closes

Stage 5: the votes are counted

Stage 6: the top ten awarded a runner's up prize

Stage 7: the final five are sent to the artist who chooses the winner!

How it Works: all participants need to gather a bit of a following... they can use twitter, facebook, google news and email to promote their design and invite people to support them within this process. So, I have uploaded my design and am now working on stage two - gathering support!

If you would like to participate and support me during this experiment visit my Talenthouse and click the 'support jen' button. Stage three: voting, begins tomorrow and all supporters will be invited to vote via email or facebook!

I am going to blog about my progress and the experience itself throughout the duration of the week.

Will it be easy to collect votes or will I fail miserably... how will be design be received... do people love/hate it? It is officially out my my control and in your hands...

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Textile Environment Design: D-Day

Old T-Shirt Before & Old T-Shirt After

Textiles Environment Design (TED) is a Research Group based at Chelsea College of Art & Design. I am a PhD student there and was lucky enough to participate within one of their workshops last Friday.

The Workshop titled 'D-Day' defined durability day and was inspired by the recent Martin Margiela exhibition hosted at Sommerset House, London.

Using a variety of different print techniques a collection of old garments were transformed. I really enjoyed this workshop experience and was amazed at how quickly old garments could be transformed into something new and desirable.

I transformed an old t-shirt that I no longer wore due to damage and stains (images above). You can see some of the other work produced on the TED and Make it Digital.

The full report and next event will be documented on the TED blog.

Monday, 20 September 2010

EThOS - electronic thesis online access

I just would like to share with you a small PhD tip. The British Library is providing an online access to most of PhD thesis published in UK. You have to register for that but most of theses thesis are available under digital form for free. This is a very valuable resource, accessible from here.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Busy September for Puff & Flock

Puff & Flock are pleased to announce a host of events and activities during the London Design Festival, September 2010.

Once again joining their friends Designersblock exhibiting in their show at the Bargehouse, London and Puff & Flock is very excited to be joined by a wealth of guest design talent in The Puff & Flock Parlour.

First up they have recent MA Textile Futures graduate, Suphichaya Vanasirkul, creating her Stressionary installation for the amusement of over stressed workers. Secondly Spanish design talent Andere Monjo will be showcasing some furniture pieces and selling her intriguing Ice Rocks Candles in the Puff & Flock shop. These two designers join installations by Puff & Flockers, Elisabeth Buecher, Jenny Leary, Jo Angell, Kathy Schicker and Melissa French.

Debuted in Milan to great success, the Puff & Flock shop makes its first appearance in London for the occasion of Designersblock. We have collected designers from all over the world alongside home grown talent, stocking a range of high quality goods from crochet eyeballs to mushroom hooks and beautiful ceramics. Our very own Amelie Labarthe will be selling jewellery and toys as design duo The Smths.

Crochet Eyeballs by Monstifiy
Mushroom Hooks by Masako Sato
Paper Rings by Yuko Taguchi
Games and T-shirts by Grit Hartung
Cushions and Textiles by Jo Angell
Jewellery by April 23
Super Chick Chic by Marilou Rabourdin
Ceramics by Kedo and Rondo
Toys and Jewellery by The Smths

Puff & Flock are also part of the Late night V&A event 'Two's a Pair', Friday 24th September 18:30 - 22:00. Elisabeth Buecher has designed and made a range of 'Siamese Accessories' costumes for two people wear at the same time as well as a magnetic attraction costume by Jenny Leary. Come join the fun and have your photo taken and leave with a commemorative sticker!

Puff & Flock's Jenny Leary is also taking part in the Anti Design Festival in a 30 minute performonstartion entitled "When Crafting Leads to Hacking" on Monday 20th Sept. Please join the audience as we demonstrate how to read encrypted information. Jenny Leary and Mimmo Belcuore will show the shape of magnetic fields embedded in data cards, and we will need public volunteers!

We are proud to announce that we are one of the winners of the MyDeco Design Democracy Awards. Watch out for our posts on the My Deco blog for the duration of The London Design Festival 2101.

Find out more on www.puffandflock.com

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Domestic Space: An interdisciplinary research site on houses, homes and gardens

Our friends from the SSN network have just mentionned in their last newsletter what seems to be an interesting source for references about the domestic space:
Domestic Space: An interdisciplinary research site on houses, homes and gardens - A project within the Department of Humanities at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, the site has its origins in a workshop, Rethinking Domestic Space: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Home and Garden, held at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, November 1998. Includes an extensive, searchable bibliography, an international events calendar and a collection of useful links.
You can access this database via this link

Wednesday, 8 September 2010


Friday, 3 September 2010

Future Everything: Conference Call

‘The best way to predict the future is to invent it’
Alan Kay

The FutureEverything conference invites proposals for talks, presentations, workshops and sessions that relate to and expand the themes listed below. Submissions of innovative formats for social interaction and experimentation are encouraged.

Exploring the interface between technology, society and culture, the internationally acclaimed FutureEverything conference is the crucible that allows artists, technologists and future-thinkers to share, innovate and interact. It has prefigured new trends and is a place where important international discussions take place.

FutureEverything can offer one hotel room night and an honorarium of £50 per proposal selected for the conference.

The deadline for submissions is 24th October 2010.

Conference Themes:


Our most daring and wide-ranging conference strand, bringing you insights into tomorrow’s society, digital creativity and free culture. Taking all of our wildest dreams for the future and imagining what would happen if they really came true is at the heart of this strand.


Exploring future scenarios for smart transport, and looking beyond the transport of everything. How can real-time data systems lead to more sustainable transport? How can travel-time become smarter and more user-controlled? Where are we going and, more importantly, how will we be getting there?

Global & Connected

Remote collaboration, telepresence, networked performance, local/global connections, and group-to-group connectivity are a focus again, following the success of the inaugural GloNet event at FutureEverything 2010.


The opening up of datasets by public bodies and private companies has huge repercussions both socially and politically. What models are emerging for the fair and creative use of such material and what are the implications of an open society?


The future must be for everybody – this was the call to arms from the last festival. A conference strand on citizen engagement will explore how we can connect communities and how citizens can be co-producers in decision making, intelligence gathering and building sustainable cities.


Contemporary craft, digital hacking, interactivities and diy culture. A new maker community is emerging, connecting the culture of traditional skills and materials with modern-day digital production, distribution and interaction techniques. FutureEverything invites makers to create objects, installations and performances that explore the cross-fertilisation of new and traditional media and materials.

Visit their website for further information

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Techtextil & Avantex Symposium 2011: call for papers

The symposiums will be held parallel to Techtextil, International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, in Frankfurt am Main/Germany from May 24-26, 2011.

The aim of both symposiums is to generate new impulses for the sectors covered, to boost interdisciplinary communication and to disseminate information about the latest developments and potential applications. The deadline for receipt by Messe Frankfurt is October 15, 2010. A variety of subjects will be covered within the framework of lecture blocks at the two symposiums. The themes planned are as follows:
1. Materials + products from renewable resources, e.g., from bio-polymers, natural fibers
2. Nano-technology and technical textiles – current and potential applications
3. Biomimetics / bionics (textile technology + textile materials, inspired by nature)
4. E-textiles / portable technologies
5. Fashion + Design (innovative garment textiles / Avantex)
6. Intelligent materials, e.g., textile materials with adaptive or reactive properties
7. Technology: new developments in the fields of production, processing, coating, finishing / dressing ...
8. Materials: new developments in the field of fibers and all kinds of technical textiles
9. Composites, textile-reinforced materials
10. Visions: tomorrow’s markets, products and applications
11. Industrial design and / or function of technical textiles.

To submit a lecture proposal, you must firstly register on the internet at www.techtextil2012.abstract-management.de. Proposals must be made in English.


Vote for Puff & Flock to cover the London Design Week

Puff & Flock has been nominated for a mydeco blog award. Winners will be part of the team covering London Design Week. So if you would like to support the tremendous fun textile collective, have a look and vote here!

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Warp + weft: : cross-disciplinary approaches to weave

Warp + Weft

11 Sep 11am - 5pm

The warp and weft symposium will explore how woven structure informs far more than the textiles that surround us.

Directed by Dr Jessica Hemmings (Edinburgh College of Art), invited speakers will consider weaving in relation to topics as diverse as the World Wide Web, poetry, mathematics, architecture and film.

Confirmed speakers include Professor Lesley Millar, curator of a number of key textile exhibitions in the last decade, including “Textual Space” and “Cloth & Culture Now”.

The poet Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch will read from new unpublished work that explores the “unheard voices of witches, weavers and millworkers in West Wales and Lancashire between 1610 and 1910”.

Screenings of short experimental films will explore the rhythms of weaving at the Dovecot Tapestry Studio by filmmaker Matt Hulse and Anne Wilson’s recent “Walking the Warp” project.

Expanding the boundaries of what we might consider as ‘woven’ will provide delegates with an opportunity to reconsider how central weaving is – not only to textiles – but to many other seemingly unrelated disciplines

Download a booking form.

All / Admission by ticket only. Delegates £45, Concessions £25 / Book on (01559) 370929

The National Wool Museum

Drefach Felindre
Carmarthenshire SA44 5UP.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Smart Textiles: Science and Technology of Textile Art

A number of articles have been published in Leonardo and Leonardo Music Journal on topics related to the textile arts. This Special Project expands on Leonardo's archive of textile art documentation by focusing on textile artists and scientists around the world who work with smart textiles or the new textiles science and technology.

Artists and researchers interested in writing about their work involving the science and technology of smart textile and clothing arts are invited to view the Leonardo Editorial Guidelines and related information at: http://leonardo.info/Authors and send in a manuscript proposal to leonardomanuscripts@gmail.com.

The project is supported by The Marjorie Duckworth Malina Fund, which honors the memory of a key long-time supporter of Leonardo/ISAST. The project recognizes Marjorie's dedication to the ideals of international cooperation by emphasizing the participation of artists throughout the world. For information on making a donation to Leonardo/ISAST in memory of Marjorie Duckworth Malina, please visit http://leonardo.info/isast/donations.html

SOURCE: here

Monday, 26 July 2010

Fabricate / Digital Fabrication Conference

FABRICATE is an internationally peer reviewed conference to be held at The Building Centre in London from 15-16 April 2011. With presentations and conversations between pioneers in design and making within architecture, construction, engineering, manufacturing, materials technology and computation. FABRICATE has emerged as the first in a series of focused events from the highly successful Digital Architecture Conference and Digital Hinterlands Exhibition in London September 2009.

FABRICATE will assess the progressive integration of digital design with manufacturing processes, and its impact on design and making in the 21st century. Discussion on key themes will include: digital craft, representation and realization, material performance and manipulation, off-site and on-site construction, interdisciplinary education, economic and sustainable contexts, automated fabrication, and associated theory.

Organised by The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London in collaboration with The Building Centre London, this conference intends to frame discussion around the presentation of built or partially built works by individuals or collaborators in research, practice and industry selected from submissions through our Call for Works (deadline 10 September 2010).

Representing the broad disciplinary spectrum from design to production, the presentation of built work will contribute alongside leading invited speakers from Australia, Europe, North America, and Asia. A significant and supportive context for the event will be provided by London’s extensive network of global creative consultancies, many no more than a short stroll away from the venue.

We welcome original, innovative and pioneering projects for the Call for Works and we would also encouraged works in progress to enter too. Submission requirements emphasise strong and informative visual material with succinct analytical text and project synopsis. A major publication based on selected conference submissions together with articles from keynote speakers will be launched in time for the conference.

We hope you will join us in London on 15-16 April 2011.

Bob Sheil & Ruairi Glynn
Co-Chairs of FABRICATE 2011

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction Conference

TEI invite submissions of prototypes and daring ideas, tools and technologies, methods and models, as well as interactive art, interaction design, and user experience that contribute new understandings to the broad area of tangible computing, embodied interaction, interactive surfaces and embedded interactive systems. The 5th edition of the highly successful Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI) Conference series will be held between 23rd and 26th January 2011 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. Papers will be published in the ACM digital library.

In recent years, computing has progressively moved beyond the desktop into new physical and social contexts. As physical artifacts gain new computational behaviors, they become reprogrammable, customizable, repurposable, and interoperable in rich ecologies and diverse contexts. They also become more complex, and require intense design effort in order to be functional, usable, and enjoyable. Designing such systems demands interdisciplinary thinking. Their creation must encompass software, electronics, and mechanics, but also the system’s physical form and behavior, its social and physical milieu, and beyond.

Research on tangible and embedded interaction has gained substantial visibility and activity over the past decade and it has worn many names, including tangible interfaces, graspable interfaces, physical computing, tangible interaction, IT product design, appliance design, interactive spaces. It has also been associated with larger research areas, including mixed, virtual, and augmented reality and ubiquitous and pervasive computing. TEI brings together this emerging field, providing a meeting ground for the diverse communities of research and practice – from computing, hardware, and sensor technology, to HCI, interaction design, and CSCW, to product and industrial design and interactive arts. We invite submissions from all these perspectives, be they theoretical, conceptual, technical, applied, or artistic. The conference is designed to provide appropriate presentation forms for different types of contributions including talks, interactive exhibits, demos or performances, and posters. Accepted submissions of all types will be included in the Proceedings as papers and will be integrated within the single-track conference. Interdisciplinary submissions are particularly welcome.

More info here

Call for papers deadline: 1rst of August

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Counter Point: Playing Devil’s Advocate With Sustainable Design

Counter Point: Playing Devil's Advocate with Sustainable Design

The WHY: Counter Point: Playing Devil’s Advocate With Sustainable Design... 

The WHAT: A Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon (CCW) AGENDAS Event 

The WHEN: Friday 16th July 2010, 2 – 4pm 

The WHERE: Lecture Theatre, Chelsea College of Art and Design, Atterbury Street, Millbank, London SW1P 4JU (http://www.chelsea.arts.ac.uk/location.htm)
Four speakers will take up a position pro the motion and anti the motion for 5 minutes respectively, to make their case...

1. Clare Brass
2. Dr. Otto von Busch
3. Kieren Jones
4. Sandy MacLennan

Image: www.selfpassage.org von Busch (2008)

If you would like to join in the debate, please turn up on the day. This event is free, and you do not need to RSVP or reserve a space. See you there!

Visit the TED blog for more info or follow TED_Chelsea tweets direct from the event