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Event details

  • Date:
  • Location: Design Council, The Angel Building, 407 St John Street, EC1V 4AB


This 2-day international symposium is the first in a series of critical debates initiated by a new Pan-European Design-Network.

The Design-Network is comprised of the University of Liverpool, Istituto Europeo di Design (IED), Hochschule Anhalt, DIA and MVAVD, The Netherlands.

The upcoming London symposium, led by the University of Liverpool (Prof. Richard Koeck, Dr. Tuba Kocaturk), and co-hosted by the Design Council UK, is open to designers, industry representatives and educators interested to take part in a Pan-European network on the topic of transdisciplinarity in Design.

It will feature provocations, presentations, best-practice examples, and interactive moderated sessions with participation from across European automotive, industrial, fashion, architectural design, as well as design technology developers, design educators, as well as representatives from business organizations and networks across the design and innovation industries.
Topics to be covered at the event are:

Session 1

Confluences: Changing role of design in a global context

Session 2

Transitions: Emerging Skills, Practices and Business Models

Session 3

Convergences:Blurring Roles and Competences

Session 4

Prospectives: Future Policies and Pedagogies

Ideas of “transdisciplinarity” are not entirely new; the situation in the last 10 years, however, has seen a radical change of the ‘impact’ of transdisciplinary thinking and methods. For example, “Design automation”, “mass-customisation”, “rapid prototyping” are among many other emergent transdisciplinary concepts where designer from various disciplines are cross-fertilizing ideas and methods that are not contained in any specific design domain and lead to innovations in distinct disciplines.

For more information contact:
Dr. Tuba Kocaturk:
Prof. Richard Koeck:

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