Over the past 50 years design research has established a firm basis for our understanding of design. For DRS2016 we consider how design research can help us address the problems we face now and the challenges that lie ahead. We ask three questions:
How can design research help frame and address the societal problems that face us?
How can design research be a creative and active force for rethinking ideas about Design?
How can design research shape our lives in more responsible, meaningful, and open ways?
DRS2016 is hosted by the University of Brighton in the UK, in association with the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, London (where the very first meeting of the Design Research Society was held in 1966). The conference week will give attendees the chance to experience the energy and creativity of the dynamic city of Brighton.
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27-30 June, 2016
27-30 June, 2016
As you can see in the photos below our main venue is stunning! The Dome is actually three venues collectively known as the The Brighton Dome.
Situated on Brighton's Royal Pavilion Estate, the venue hosts three dedicated theatres, comprising of: The Brighton Dome, The Corn Exchange and The Studio Theatre.
Originally built as the Prince Regent’s royal riding house in 1805, many famous performers have graced the main stage, the setting for the conference opening, from Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Nina Simone to Pink Floyd and Abba.
Alongside the 3 magnificent venues, The Dome also houses a fabulous galleried bar and mezzanine where you can relax, check your email, and network.
We will also be using other venues adjacent to the Dome - the Old Courtroom, used as a County Court until 1967, and the School of Art, Design and Media, part of the University of Brighton.
The CGI image above is of the i360 moving observation tower which is currently under construction (as is the conference) and coincidently opens in the same month as the conference, June 2016! We're working on a special visit for delegates.
Situated on the South Coast of the UK, 1 hour from London by train, 30 minutes from Gatwick Airport, and 90 minutes from Heathrow airport, Brighton is an outstanding seaside destination, ideally suited to a relaxed but focused conference experience in a unique historic setting.
Brighton is a place which offers exceptional entertainment, accommodation, food, and cultural opportunities for an international audience.
The Design Research Society celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2016 and the conference will mark the occasion with presentations and an exhibition.
The origins of the DRS go back to 1962 and the Conference on Design Methods (below, left). This led to the formation of the DRS in 1966 and over the years the Society has hosted many ground-breaking conferences and events. Below right you can see the range of subjects that made up a 1980 conference on Design Policy. An archive of DRS Newsletter Covers from 1968-1999 contains further information relating to the history of the society.
In the lead up to the conference next June the DRS is investing in a number of bursaries for researchers to look back at how design research has developed over the past 50 years and the influence that the DRS has had.
You will be able to follow this work on the DRS2016 Blog and on Twitter with the hashtag #50yearsofDRS.