Call for Papers: Impact! From Bauhaus to IKEA. Sydney, 30 September – 2 October 2019

International Conference presented by the School of Design, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), IKEA x UTS Future Living Lab and the Goethe Institute

One hundred years after its founding in Weimar, this conference traces the transnational impact of the Bauhaus on the history of the future of design. As a workshop of modernity and a laboratory of the future, the Bauhaus changed everyday life through design: from single objects to buildings and cities. The Bauhaus set into motion a democratisation of design that is reflected today in all aspects of the objects we use and the spaces we live in. Impact! From Bauhaus to IKEA examines historical and contemporary design theories, philosophies and practices of making into the future.

The conference welcomes papers from a wide range of historic and contemporary perspectives, including design theory, architecture, interior architecture, product design, design school pedagogy, art history, visual and textile studies.

Thematic Sections:

  • Impact on Future Living: Designing for tomorrow; Representing and Exhibiting Future Living/Staging the Domestic; New Technologies
  • Impact on Making: Co-Design; Design for Manufacture; Tacit Knowledge as Research
  • Impact on Pedagogy: Rethinking the Studio Model; Expanding Knowledge: Beyond the Institution; Role of Participation in Design Education
  • Impact on Society: Democratic Design; Global Thinking – Hyperlocal Practices; Social Design

Please submit a 300-word abstract referring to one of the four thematic sections and sub-sections and a 100-word biography by 15 April 2019 to impact@ikeaxuts.org. Acceptance notification by 15 May 2019. Full paper submission by 15 August 2019. Selected conference contributions will form the basis of an edited research volume. The peer-reviewed conference is open to scholars and practitioners, postgraduate students and those interested in its program. Registration will be available from 15 April 2019.

More information and details on the conference website.

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