• postwar architecturec
    Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference, Buffalo, April 10-14, 2013

    Postwar Architecture and the Diplomacy of Furniture

    Consumer goods, especially furniture, were an important means of expressing America’s political and socio-economical strength in the postwar decades. Modern design was used to demonstrate the country’s high standard of living and became a signboard of the ‘American way of life.’ The companies who produced this appealing furniture employed clever export strategies and convincing advertisements; their modern furniture  quickly became a staple of office interiors and the homes of the progressive upper-middle class in many parts of the world.

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    Most studies within this field have focused on the ambitions and strategies of company directors, the architects and designers who created their products, and the graphic design professionals who made these objects so desirable. A thorough understanding of the systems through which their products were promoted and received outside, and to some degree, inside the United States is still lacking. To further explore the role furniture played in selling a political message worldwide and in strengthening the political representation of modern architecture, this session seeks papers that examine the distribution, consumption, and reception of modern furniture between 1945 and c.1960.

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    01/12/2011 - Activitats FHD

    La FHD organitza el congres anual 2011 de la Design History Society

    Conferència Anual de la Design History Society
    7-10 de setembre de 2011, Barcelona
    Call for papers: el termini finalitza el 31 de gener de 2011

    Tema: Disseny activista i canvi social

    Seus: Facultat d’Història de l’Art de la Universitat de Barcelona i ADI FAD
    Coordinador: Guy Julier
    Organitza: Fundació Història del Disseny, Barcelona

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    El disseny activista (Design activism) s’ha convertit en els darrers anys en un terme per referir-se a les pràctiques creatives que invoquen polítiques ambientals i d’agenda social. En general, s’allunya del corrent principal comercial o d’enfocaments basats en polítiques públiques. Per contra, abasta teories de disseny, articulacions i accions marginals, sense ànim de lucre o políticament compromeses.
    Aquesta conferència ofereix una oportunitat important de participar en el desenvolupament de la investigació històrica de l’activisme de disseny als estudiants de disseny, els acadèmics i els professionals.
    Agraeix la presentació d’investigacions originals que ajudin a aprofundir i a ampliar la nostra comprensió de les seves pràctiques i contextos, teories i discursos.
    Les especialitats de disseny que aquesta conferència inclou són, encara que no de manera exclusiva, tant professionals com amateurs: disseny industrial, disseny artesà, disseny gràfic, disseny tèxtil, disseny de moda, urbanisme, disseny d’espais, disseny d’interiors, disseny digital i disseny de serveis.

    Més detalls: http://www.historiadeldisseny.org/congres

  • ICDHS2012
    São Paulo (Brazil), 3rd-6th September 2012

    ICDHS 2012 Design Frontiers: territories, concepts, technologies

    The International Committee for Design History and Design Studies (ICDHS) is an international working group whose board members are internationally acknowledged design scholars. ICDHS 2012 will be held in São Paulo (Brazil), 3rd-6th September 2012. It will be the 8th conference organized by the ICDHS Committee, and its theme is Design Frontiers: territories, concepts, technologies.

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    History marks territories that in some way or another are reflected in design. Since the first ICDHS conference, held in Barcelona in 1999, significant steps were taken to draw attention to the nature of design studies, practice and history in a wider world context. Parallel to that, the configuration of design landscapes has been significantly altered by education, technology and national state policies intended to promote local industries and sites by means of design.

    The 8th ICDHS conference, “Design Frontiers: territories, concepts, technologies”, aims to discuss how design history and design studies may push the limits of design knowledge. The frontiers of design may be challenged by the exploration of new territories, by the establishment of new concepts, by the emergence of new technologies, as well as by rediscovering the past and by finding new ways of applying current wisdom.

    ICDHS 2012 will be held in São Paulo (Brazil), 3rd-6th September 2012

    Deadline for paper proposals: 29 February 2012

    Further information:http://www.fau.usp.br/icdhs2012/?id=33&s=9

  • LMU_stenberg_2010
    April 27 & 28, 2012, The New School, NYC

    Design/History/Revolution Conference

    Deadline: December 7, 2011
    Conference: April 27 & 28, 2012, The New School, NYC
    Whether by providing agitprop for revolutionary movements, an aesthetics of empire, or a language for numerous avant-gardes, design has changed the world. But how? Why? And under what conditions?  We propose a consideration of design as an historical agent, a contested category, and a mode of historical analysis.

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    This interdisciplinary conference aims to explore these questions and open up new possibilities for understanding the relationships among design, history and revolution. Casting a wide net, we define our terms broadly. We seek 20-minute papers that examine the roles of design in generating, shaping, remembering or challenging moments of social, political, economic, aesthetic, intellectual, technological, religious, and other upheaval.

    Further information: http://designhistoryrevolution.wordpress.com/

  • AISDesign
    1 e 2 dicembre 2011

    Design and its history

    1° Convegno nazionale di A/I/S/Design (Associazione Italiana degli Storici del Design)
    A/I/S/Design organizza un convegno dal titolo “Il design e la sua storia” nei giorni 1 e 2 dicembre 2011.
    La prima giornata è dedicata al lavoro di quattro commissioni (alle quali è libera l’iscrizione previo invio di un abstract ) che affrontano:

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    1.  il problema de “i musei del design”;
    2.  la storia e il significato dei rapporti tra “design e industria”;
    3.  il tema de “la formazione dello storico” (sia degli storici del design sia degli studenti in merito all’insegnamento della storia del design);
    4. “il linguaggio della comunicazione visiva e il design”.


    Ogni commissione presenterà all’incontro del 2 dicembre un résumé dei lavori svolti nella prospettiva di organizzare nei prossimi due anni convegni su ognuno dei quattro temi. Per ogni commissione, due coordinatori hanno elaborato un testo di riferimento per i lavori che è pubblicato più avanti.

    La seconda giornata del convegno presenta le relazioni di alcuni dei più noti studiosi italiani che mirano a fare il punto sull’attuale situazione degli studi sul design in Italia, sia in senso storico sia storiografico, anche con attenzione a quanto sta avvenendo negli altri paesi.

    More information:http://www.aisdesign.org/