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From the creation of new types of graduate programs (DMBA), to the physical creation of design think tanks and venture accelerator programs on campuses — a new landscape of creative collaboration, intersection and adventure is quickly emerging.

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Tao of Sustainability–an International Conference and Exhibition on
Sustainable Design, 14-15 November 2014

Chief Organizers:
Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, China
School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, Finland
School of Arts and Design, Guangdong University of Technology, China

Hosting Organizers:
Sustainable Design Research Institute, Art & Science Research Centre,
Tsinghua University, China Department of Environmental Art Design,
Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, China

Embassy of Finland in China
College of Design & Innovation, Tongji University

Conference Date: 14th -15th of November, 2014.
Exhibition Date: 14th-23rd of November, 2014
Venue: Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Website: (Under construction)

This event, the Tao of Sustainability—-an International Conference
and Exhibition on Sustainable Design, explores the possibilities and
ways of design in developing sustainable solutions for the future of
mankind once again.

In Chinese philosophy, the “Tao” means “path”, “way”, “method”,
“principle”, “truth”, “ethics”. Lao-Tse, the ancient Chinese
philosopher and the founder of Taoism said, “Man follows Earth. Earth
follows Heaven. Heaven follows Tao. Tao follows Nature”. The
protection of natural environment is the first and most fundamental
guarantee for sustainable development of human beings.

In the Autumn of 2011, the Academy of Arts and Design of Tsinghua
University, and School of Arts, Design and Architecture of Aalto
University (formerly University of Art and Design Helsinki), have
jointly held the “International Conference on Sustainable Design
Strategies in a Globalization Context”. The conference has
successfully provided a platform for ideas clashing and converging,
knowledge spreading and experience sharing, and helped to seek the Tao
of sustainability in design. In the past three years, we have
witnessed tremendous progress everywhere in the world, but also quite
a lot of tragedies and disasters, like the haunting Beijing Smog and
the snowless black Christmas in Finland. The deepening ecological
crisis is a call also for design: in which ways can it help in solving
problems of sustainability in the prevailing context of globalization
and consumerism? When it comes to Tsi (or Chinese Qi, the physical
expression of Tao), what is the image of sustainable design up to

Now, the two schools with a new partner, School of Arts and Design of
Guangdong University of Technology will maintain our cooperation and
friendship to organize the third quest for the Tao of sustainability.

There will be keynote speeches and a round-table discussion on
sustainable design during the event. Keynote speakers from Europe,
USA, Japan and China will be invited to give speeches.

All the entry works will be given an Entry Certificate jointly signed
by the Chief Organizers. Design works in all the design fields are
A worldwide call for the exhibition works has been launched.The

submissions have to meet the theme of the event.

Deadline for contributing works: July 31st, 2014

PhD By Design conference being held in the Department of Design at Goldsmiths on the 6th and 7th of November 2014.The event is an opportunity to present work and discuss the diverse aspects of what it means to do a practice-based PhD in Design.

The aim of this event is to vocalise, discuss and work through many of the topical issues of conducting a practice-based PhD in design. It will enable early career design researchers to explore the many aspects of knowledge production within an academic institution.

Who for?
The conference especially invites designers undergoing a practice-based PhD, as well as supervisors, MRes students, MPhil students within and outwith design departments.

What will happen?
The two day event will include twelve discussion sessions, presentations from leading design researchers Dr. Jennifer Gabrys (Goldsmiths, University of London), Professor Jon Rogers (University of Dundee), Professor Teal Triggs (Royal College of Art) and a public lecture by Professor Bill Gaver (Goldsmiths, University of London). The conference is an opportunity to come together to share practices, experiences and provide a forum to build a practice based design research community.

How to get involved
If you are interested in taking part, we ask you to submit three questions that relate to the issues you are discovering within your practice-based research. One questions relating to doing/making/planning the second to do with output/dissemination/ use and the third we are leaving open for you to decide.

We also ask you to bring with you a 5 minute presentation describing your practice-based research.  Find out more on how to get involved:

Registration deadline is the 26th September 2014.

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Ancient Technology and Engineering

From Professor Ken Friedman, a great bibliography about ancient technology and engineering:

1. de Camp, L. Sprague. 1987. The Ancient Engineers. New York: Ballantine Books.

The designed artefacts of early technology came without documentation
or patents. To learn more about these, I suggest reading the history
of technology and civilisation in different times.

2. For the first industrial revolutions that took place in the Western Middle Ages,
Arnold Pacey’s books are useful:

Pacey, Arnold. 1991. Technology in World Civilization: A Thousand-Year
History. Cambridge, Massachusetts. The MIT Press.

3. Pacey, Arnold. 1992. The Maze of Ingenuity: Ideas and Idealism in the
Development of Technology. 2nd Edition. Cambridge, Massachusetts. The
MIT Press.

4. Also see Jean Gimpel:

Gimpel, Jean. 1977. The Medieval Machine: The Industrial Revolution Of
The Middle Ages. London: Penguin Books.

5. Joseph Needham’s massive history of science and technology in China is
far too large for most folks to read, but Robert Temple has produced
an excellent summary volume with an introduction by Needham himself:

Temple, Robert. 2007. The Genius of China: 3,000 Years of Science,
Discovery, and Invention. Rochester, Vermont: Inner Traditions.

Patent law begins in the late 1400s in Venice, in the 1600s in
England, and the 1790s in the United States. It is only after the
1600s with well organised patent records, wide use of newspapers, and
widespread advertising that more contemporary kinds of dating become

6. Henry Petroski demonstrates how to use these kinds of tools in
his work. A rich set of examples appears in:

Petroski, Henry. 1994. The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday
Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as
They Are. New York: Vintage.–Zippers-Came/dp/0679740392


Contract – What Is Next for Sustainable Design?

In addition to engaging traditional sustainability measures such as energy efficiency, daylighting, and use of healthy materials, a holistic and experientially based sustainable design approach will include (What’s next for sustainable design?


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Principles of Product Design

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