Introducing the 3rd Edition of About *Design*

Join us for the 3rd edition of About *Design* that will be held on Thursday and Friday April 1st and 2nd, 2021.

About *Design*, it is:
2 Days
3 Talks
2 Workshops

This event is the perfect opportunity to discover and discuss what *Design* could be. It’s the result of a collaboration between the Communication Design, Interior Design, Fashion Design and Design for Social Impact departments.

To close the event, the exhibition Digital Fabrication_A Design Process will open on Saturday April 3rd, and will stay on display till Thursday April 15th.

The talks and workshops are open to everyone. Some of them are mandatory for some students (see the descriptions below).
All the talks will be held online (see the descriptions below for the Zoom info), except for the Digital Fabrication Workshop with Joe Johnson, which will take place in Room 303.

Digital Fabrication *Design*
Digital Fabrication Workshop
with Joe Johnson
 
In this workshop facilitated by Joe Johnson (lab technician and Fine Arts coordinator) you will be introduced to the Digital Fabrication tools available on campus, such as the 3D printer, laser cutter and vynil printer. More specifically, students will be invited to experiment with the laser cutter using different materials, for different applications – such as paper, card, plywood, perspex, fabric, leather, mirror or glass.
Through a series of tests, students will discover an array of possibilities offered when using the process of digital fabrication, as a conceptual or representational tool, as a fabrication technique in design projects or as a means of expression in artistic pieces. The results of the workshop will be exhibited in the gallery illustrating the process involved in digital fabrication, potential applications, while show-casing finished pieces.
 
ON CAMPUS: Places are limited
Please register using the sign-up sheet on 303
Thursady April 1st,
Friday April 2nd 
11:00am—12:30pm
Digital Fabrication lab, Room 303
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Spatial *Design*
Building Blocks: Open Source Spaces for the Many   
Johanne Holm-Jensen and Mia Behrens
 
Building Blocks is an open source exploration of future spaces.
Johanne Holm-Jensen and Mia Behrens, danish architects, students at the time, were invited to do a six-month-long residency project at SPACE10 – a research and design lab on a mission to find innovative solutions to some of the major societal changes expected to affect people and our planet in the years to come. Holm-Jensen and Behrens’ task was to explore how to design low-cost, adaptable and sustainable homes, applicable globally and manufactured locally using a digital fabrication tool.
They designed and built a micro-house using just one machine and one material. The intention was that anyone, anywhere could download the open source design, customise the house to suit different landscapes, terrains and cultures, “print” the necessary parts locally, and assemble the house relatively quickly and easily.
The vision is that by leveraging the world’s collective creativity and expertise, one can make low-cost, sustainable and modular houses available to anyone and, as a result, democratise the homes of tomorrow.

 

ONLINE
Thursday April 1st
1:00pm
Zoom ID: 739 416 5220
Password: 642698
Fashion *Design*
Sustainable Fashion: challenging the design process with upcycling
Victoire Witdouck
 
This talk introduces Victoire Witdouck from Paris based fashion brand Marine Serre. Founded in 2017 after winning the coveted LVMH Prize, the brand focuses on sustainable practices and upcycling when creating new collections. Witdouck will share with us her experience in the fashion industry as a designer and how she has come to be apart of the Marine Serre team. 
The presentation will cover the history of Marine Serre and how the company was founded/developed and how sustainability was first introduced and utilized. Witdouck will guide us through their processes and how the company is striving to use upcycled fabrics (such as denim and silk) and the infrastructure they have set in place to create clothing for their ready to wear collections. 
The challenges of upcycling and sustainable design will also be discussed to better understand how it affects the design and production processes and how fashion can go further in a sustainable direction

 

ONLINE
Friday April 2nd
1:00pm
Zoom ID: 916 7528 2233
Password: ELSSg5
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*Design* Practice
Design and Disillusion: Ghosts and Bees  
Silvio Lorusso
 
In this talk, Silvio Lorusso will open up his current research on the disillusion permeating the design field. How come that nowadays many designers feel lost and disoriented? Why do some of them «jump ship»? One of the reasons might lie in the discipline itself. Lorusso will discuss the consequences of an ontological expansion of design at the expense of historically-rich practices. Is design able to generate new contexts or does it eradicate existing ones? 
Silvio Lorusso is a writer, artist and designer based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In 2018 he published his first book entitled Entreprecariat. He is an assistant professor and vice-director of the Center for Other Worlds at the Lusófona University in Lisbon.

 

ONLINE
Friday April 2nd
2:30pm
Zoom ID: 513 136 3082
Password: 155722