The EU has been working in the last couple of years on a project of policy-making, not as a reactive activity, but rather as a planned process that facilitates the construction of a ‘preferred’ future for their communities (build through a collaborative process). As part of this project, the EU government has opened several Design Labs throughout the European countries, where designers, foresight professionals, and policy-makers meet up to produce new knowledge about the future. The FTA2018, Future-Oriented Technology Analysis Conference presents the advances on the last projects for systemic change in the EU. A great experience that shows that designers can be involved in a large scale systemic change!
Stan was invited to speak on “The Design of Preferred Futures” in Vancouver on Aug 12, 2018, as part of the first Business Symposium at the annual SIGGRAPH conference. SIGGRAPH is the largest conference held by the Association for Computing Machines (ACM), with over 17,000 participants. Its focus is on film, gaming, and emerging technologies.
From the abstract:
We have all heard from researchers and entrepreneurs that the future already exists but is just not evenly distributed yet. But entrepreneurs need to simplify things, because they have something to sell. In fact, there is never just one future, and the ones we have on the radar now will be vastly different once they are evenly distributed. What design offers is not one preferred future, but instead a choice among possible futures. Designers at their best will imagine these futures, visit them, and bring things back for the rest of us to compare. In this talk, we will examine three cases: the design of a multinational information ecosystem, design for post-conflict zones, and the design of an autonomous train.
On June 7-8, 2018 at Unisinos university in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul held a symposium on research through design. Stan gave an address about the use of academic prototypes. The lecture consisted of a video talk, some questions delivered by video, and video answers. The video starts with comments in Spanish from some of the participants of the symposium. The lecture begins at 2:40 and the questions start at 21:07:
Can augmented reality play a role in us letting go of stuff we don’t need?
Monica continues her investigation of the regenerative society from the perspective of food consumption and the role augmented reality might play in creating the capacity for people to let go of things they might not even need.
She presented her ideas at the 19th Futures Conference organized by the Finland Futures Research Centre from the University of Turku, in Tampere: https://futuresconference2018.wordpress.com/about/
On May 27, 2018, Yaguang gave a paper at the PhD forum of the 2018 China Green Building and Ecological City conference.
From the abstract:
This paper summarizes the characteristics of several intelligent transportation products, studies the operational principles of intelligent technology in various transportation applications, objectively summarizes the development constraints in its technical application, and proposes a system for analyzing and evaluating the advantages and disadvantages.
Priscilla presented the paper “Smart Citizenship: Designing the interaction between citizens and smart cities” at the Design Research Society conference in Limerick, Ireland on June 25-28, 2018. Stan is her co-author.
From the abstract:
This paper develops a critical reflection about the reasons why not every citizen in a smart city can be considered a smart citizen. We point out some of the primary causes and the role of design to help to develop possible solutions. The paper uses the concept of the network society and actor network theory in order to understand the infrastructure of smart cities and develop an analysis of the changing role of citizens in smart citizens. We propose that there is a need for new methods to generate sustainable and inclusive social engagement to solve collective urban problems. Moreover, it is speculated that smart citizenship will be an important part of the future of smart cities. In this context, design plays an important part, framing the way actors understand and interact with each other in the city ecosystem, and enabling citizens to shape the future of their cities.
From May 26-28, 2018, Stan presented on hardware and software emulation at the annual conference of the Canadian Society of Digital Humanities/le champs numerique (CSDH/SCHN) in Regina, Saskatchewan. The talks were part of a panel of four papers organized and run by Marley Liepert, entitled “Emulation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery.” Zhabiz and Gerry were co-authors.
From the panel abstract:
Considered both as an aspect of cultural heritage and as locations of untold voluntary labour, the video games and virtual worlds of the past have a value that should be preserved, and, if possible, maintained for continued use in some form. In this panel, we propose a number of approaches to strategizing the preservation and even continued use of video games and virtual worlds.
From April 13-22, 2018, Stan was invited to Poland to work with Dr. Celso Scalesky from Unisinos, Brazil and Dr. Piotr Michura from the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków to deliver a workshop for graduate students on the use of prototypes to define research questions. A panel discussion on the topic of design research was held in the afternoon preceding the workshop; it included Stan, Celso, and Piotr along with Prof. Michael Renner from the Basel School of Design, Switzerland.
The debate whether AR could reduce consumerism has generated the poster that Monica presented at the Persuasive Technologies conference at the University of Waterloo. Monica advocates for the benefits, while her co-author, Miriam Salah argues against.
Validity beyond the present is the research-in-progress paper that was presented at the International Society for Professional Innovation Management conference in Boston by Monica and MFA co-authors Eunmi Moon and Miriam Salah – programme available here: www.dropbox.com/s/80vqa767bgd8x6v/2018_ISPIM_Forum_Book.pdf?dl=0