Call for Abstracts

ASPIS international conference                   15-16 November 2012 Gent (BE)

DESIGN /// PARTICIPATION /// SUSTAINABILITY /// ICT

Sustainable Public Open  Spaces  AND  ParticIpatiOn  THROUGH  InteractiOn  and  ICT

C A L L    F O R     C O N T R I B U T I O N

Project identity

ASPIS is a 3-year European project, running from 2009 till 2012, co-funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme (Transversal Programmes – Key Activity 3 ICT – Multilateral Projects); it is implemented in 7 EU countries. ASPIS aims to promote learning for public participation in planning and raise awareness on the sustainability of open public spaces among citizens and professionals (architects/planners/students).

The project introduces a Games-based Learning (GBL) methodology, complemented with other interactive communication/internet-based tools, aiming to encourage “learning by-doing” through simulation, negotiation and role-playing. The learning products of ASPIS address professional architects and planners as much as citizens, and are also designed for introduction in school and university curricula, making learning more attractive and relevant to real life situations.

Call for Contribution

The ASPIS partnership calls for contributions on the development/field of design, participation, ICT, and sustainability of public open spaces.

In the debate on sustainability, a lot of time and effort goes (righteously) to buildings. With this conference ASPIS wants to investigate initiatives, designs, research, proposals that challenge the sustainability of the public open space and the role participation plays is this.

 

Topics

It is anticipated that papers will fall into the topics below but other contributions are also welcomed:

 

ICT & DESIGNING for PARTICIPATION and public open spaces and ICT & DESIGNING for SUSTAINABILITY and public open spaces

 

Dates:

10th October – Deadline for submissions of abstracts.

25th October – Feedback of Reviewers

1st November – Final papers/posters

15/16th November 2012 – Conference


ICT and DESIGNING for PARTICIPATION and public open spaces

We are looking for contributions that explore the relationship of participation and sustainability of public open spaces through ICT. Questions like: (how) Can we design participation? (how) Can designers use participative processes as a design tool? How do we ensure a qualitative feedback from participative processes into a design process? (how) Can we incorporate social media and ICT in the participative process? How do we ensure an integrated role of participation in a design (process)? What role does or can education play in this? How can ICT play a role in designing for participation?

ICT and DESIGNING for SUSTAINABILITY and public open spaces

We are looking for contributions that explore the relationship of design and sustainability of public open spaces. How does sustainability of public space differ from sustainability of buildings? Does it differ? What are elements crucial in auditing sustainability (post-design and execution phase) of public open spaces?  What constitutes an optimal relation between a public open space and the city? What role is there for policies and planning practices? How can ICT play a role in designing a sustainable public open space?

We encourage contributions that are either more theoretical, either case studies or best practice examples of research by design. We hope to attract researchers, designers, planners, municipality officials, members of NGO’s, both as presenters and audience.

Papers for the conference should be tailored to a 20-minute presentation timeframe. A proceeding will be published with all accepted and presented papers (one attendee necessary, 8 pages maximum per paper).

Abstracts should include the following:

–               The full title of the paper,

–               The full names, postal addresses and e-mail addresses of all authors,

–               A summary of the paper in no more than 500 words.

All sent documents should have pdf format and the total of the sent files should not exceed 1MB.

Conference language will be English.

Keynote speakers (to be confirmed):

Birgit Cold, Author of ‘Aesthetics, Well-Being and Health: Essays Within Architecture and Environmental Aesthetics (Ethnoscapes)’ Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Architectural Design and Management.

Scientific Committee

Csaba Koren, Széchenyi István University – HU

Friedrich Kuhlmann, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Department of Landscape Architecture – EE

Iren Kukorelli, West Hungarian Research Institute – Centre for Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences – HU

Joan Noguera, University of Valencia – ES

Fouli Papageorgiou, PRISMA-Centre for Development Studies- GR

Tomas Ooms, Hogeschool voor Wetenschap & Kunst, Department Architectuur Sint-Lucas, BE

Mar Riera, University of Valencia – ES

Johan Verbeke, Hogeschool voor Wetenschap & Kunst, Department Architectuur Sint-Lucas, BE

Aristidis Protopsaltis, The Serious Games Institute, Coventry University, Technology Park, UK

 

Important dates:

10th October – Deadline for submissions of abstracts.

25th October – Feedback of Reviewers

1st November – Final papers/posters

15/16th November 2012 – Conference

Conference Fee

50 Euro (participation, proceedings, coffee/tea and lunch)

100 Euro (participation, proceedings, coffee/tea, lunch and conference diner)

Contacts for Contributions

To submit abstracts please contact both

Johan Verbeke (johan.verbeke@luca-arts.be)

Demetris Mylonas (d.mylonas@prismanet.gr)

Local organizing committee

W&K, Sint-Lucas School of Architecture, Brussels/GhentProject

e-mail: aspis@architectuur.sintlucas.wenk.be

Information about the project: www.aspis-learn.eu, https://aspisconference2012.wordpress.com/

 

Venue:

Sint-Lucas School of Architecture, Hoogstraat 51, 9000 GENT (BE)

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