THE DRS2016 CONVERSATIONS
The Conversation format at DRS2016 sought to engage attendees in open exchange in arriving at new understandings about a topic. The ambitions of the format are:
- to provide an environment where a constructive dialogue can take place about issues of importance in Design Research, particularly to promote exchanges about topics not easily captured by the scholarly paper;
- to foster open exchange, by talking, but also by means of play, prototyping, critique of each others' work produced on-the-spot, or even activism;
- to welcome exchanges across stakeholders such as researchers, practitioners and other design stakeholders.
Twenty Conversations sessions were held at DRS2016, facilitated by catalysts. Some comments from delegates during the conference:
“The Conversations are really refreshing, not as tiring as the paper presentations.”
“It’s great to be able to talk and have exchanges about real topics.”
“At first people are a little apprehensive to contribute - which then makes way for engagement during the session.”
Below, some of the Conversations are documented with reports of what happened during the session, some of which contain links for continued discussion in other channels. Some sessions were not documented post-conference but you can still find the original proposals of those below. The sessions are also listed in the full conference programme.
It was a pleasure to chair this format at the DRS2016 conference. I hope the Conversations format will grow, evolve and invigorate discourse in design and design research.
DRS2016 Conversations Chair
TU Delft, The Netherlands
Conversations with Reports
Non-local Situations: Speculating About Future Response-abilities of Postindustrial Design (Research)
Heather Wiltse, Monica Lindh Karlsson, Åsa Ståhl, Kristina Lindström, Aditya Pawar
THIS TIME IT'S PERSONAL
Lucy Klippan, Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer, Tasman Munro, Marcus Willcocks
USES OF ARGUMENTATION THEORY AND DIALOGIC METHODS IN THE DESIGN RESEARCH PROCESS
Luke Feast, Stella Boess, Karel van der Waarde
DESIGN AS SYMBOLIC VIOLENCE, DESIGN FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
Joanna Boehnert, Bianca Elzenbaumer, Dimeji Onafuwa
NEW TECHNOLOGIES—NEW DESIGN RESEARCH?
Katja Thoring, Erik Bohemia, Alexander Müller-Rakow
WHAT DO DESIGNERS HAVE TO OFFER WHEN FACING SOCIETAL CHALLENGES?
Mascha van der Voort, Jacob Buur, Thomas Binder, Per Linde, Robert-Jan den Haan
DESIGN AND DISSENT
Danielle Arets, Bas Raijmakers
AUTOMATING EXPERIENCE: DOES THE ‘AUTOMATED HOME’ DIMINISH OR DEEPEN USER EXPERIENCE?
Jonathan Chapman, Merryn Haines-Gadd, Jon Mason, Dzmitry Aliakseyeu
FUTURE OF DESIGN EDUCATION
Sapna Singh, Liz Sanders, Terry Irwin, Pieter Jan Stappers, Nicole Lotz, Erik Bohemia
V&A EAST: FUTURESCAPING THE MUSEUM
Vince Dziekan, George Oates, Teal Triggs, Marta Ajmar
BEYOND IMPACT: UNDERSTANDING AND COMMUNICATING THE VALUE OF COLLABORATIVE DESIGN RESEARCH
Simon Bowen, Roger Whitham, Chris Speed, Simon Moreton, Mariza Dima
VIRTUAL AND BLENDED DESIGN STUDIOS
Nicole Lotz, Erik Bohemia, Georgy Holden, Sam Dunne, Joi Roberts
Conversations without post-conference reports
Managing Mess: Exploring how to Design and Conduct Research into Design Practice
Arlene Oak, Claire Nicholas, Janet McDonnell, Nathan Crilly
RESONANCES: LISTENING AS A TOOL FOR TRANS-CULTURAL STORYTELLING
Francesca Valsecchi, Serena Pollastri, Roberta Tassi, Priscilla Chueng-Nainby
CONNECTING DIVERSITIES: MIGRATION, SOCIAL INNOVATION AND DESIGN
Ezio Manzini, Loraine Gamman, Adam Thorpe, Carla Cipolla, Virginia Tassinari
PLANS AND SPECULATED ACTIONS
Veronica Ranner, Dan Lockton, Molly Wright Steenson, Tobie Kerridge, Gyorgyi Galik
DEMOCRATIC DESIGN EXPERIMENTS: FROM OPEN DESIGN TO OPEN SOCIETY
Yanki Lee, Albert Tsang, Ann Light, Thomas Binder
Towards a Unified Theory of Design?
Jörg Henseler, Jelle Van Dijk, Caroline Hummels, Ann Light, Geke Ludden, Mikael Wiberg
Blockchain, Smart Contracts and the Design of Everyday Transactions
Larissa Pschetz, Chris Speed, Deborah Maxwell
Making, Mending and Growing in Feminist Speculative Fabulations: Design’s Unfaithful Daughters
Laura Forlano, Åsa Ståhl, Ramia Maze, Kristina Lindström, Li Jönsson