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 (
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: 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