RSD11 in 2022: University of Brighton
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RSD11 in 2022: the first UK symposium

At the close of RSD10 and the SDA General Assembly, the University of Brighton’s School of Architecture, Technology and Engineering (ATE) expressed their interest in being the 2022 host in a letter from Dr Ben Sweeting, Principal Lecturer, School of Architecture, Technology and Engineering, Professor Alison Bruce, Associate Dean (Research & Knowledge Exchange), School of Architecture, Technology and Engineering, and Professor Mohammed Arif, Dean of the School of Architecture, Technology and Engineering.

The letter was presented at the General Assembly and enthusiastically endorsed by SDA members. In no small part, because the University of Brighton is a professionally and vocationally focused institution with an international reputation for design. Brighton was host to the Design Research Society conference in 2016 and ranked in the Top 100 in Art and Design in the QS Global World Rankings. There is also strong support for the initial RSD11 team, led by SDA member and RSD contributor Ben Sweeting, together with Sally Sutherland, James Tooze, Tom Ainsworth, Andre Viljoen, Jeff Turko, Karen Cham, and others. The team is primarily situated in ATE’s architecture and spatial and product design programs. The group’s network includes colleagues in Engineering and the School of Art and Media, reflecting the broad relevance of design-led systems thinking that they have in mind. Finally, SDA board members look forward to RSD11 in 2022 as an opportunity to develop deeper relationships with people in the vibrant UK design community and build relationships with UK societies and institutions, such as the Design Council.

RSD11 is in good hands in 2022

The University of Brighton’s ATE has a long-established relationship with SDA and the RSD symposium – and there is a great deal of alignment between RSD and Brighton’s approach to design. The critical approach to sustainable transition is taken in the BSc Product Design and MA Sustainable Design programs, with research groups in Radical Methodologies (which draws on second-cybernetics, feminisms, and discursive design), and Design for the Circular City and Region (conducting applied research in urban agriculture and the circular economy).

The general outline for RSD11 is a three-day symposium with a pre-conference workshop day. The time frame is October 13 to 16, 2022, and will include both online and on-site programming. RSD9 and RSD10 were online events, with a small in-person delegation at TU Delft in 2021; Brighton plans to flip this and favour a place-based event. However, the team is mindful of the requirement to make presentations accessible to systemic designers worldwide. The preliminary plan is to live stream keynote and plenary presentations and coordinate a dedicated online program running parallel over the conference days. A space will be made available on campus for in-person delegates to gather for the online program.

RSD10 introduced the distinction between short and long papers. The RSD11 team plans to build on this while re-integrating the practice of allowing proposals to be reviewed for acceptance of presentations at the conference, providing a mechanism for developing in-progress and late-breaking work. Therefore, Brighton plans to accept full papers and proposals for presentations. SDA board members are committed to supporting the review process and proceedings and welcome volunteers in various roles. Since some of the planning and the actual event will occur during term time, Brighton students and academics will directly contribute to the co-evolution of systemic design.

Brighton as a destination

Locations will be primarily university spaces, with external venues as needed. The University has several venues in the city, including the versatile Sallis Benney Theatre, with seats up to 270 guests (You can take a virtual tour of the Brighton campus, found here.) Brighton’s in-house conference and events team, Southcoast Event Support, manages and supports a range of events across the University and provides a professional conference experience.

Located on the south coast of England, Brighton is a vibrant city and a popular tourist and conference destination. It is within easy reach for delegates travelling internationally and from other parts of the UK. The University is an hour from central London and just 30 minutes from London Gatwick Airport by rail. There are many accommodation options, and the local tourism board, Visit Brighton, offers opportunities to secure preferential rates with local hotels.

Brighton’s School of Architecture, Technology and Engineering is based at the Moulsecoomb campus.

Brighton Palace Pier. Photo by Benn McGuinness on Unsplash.

Beach houses along the pier. Photo by Rhys Kentish on Unsplash.

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Brighton ranked in the Top 100 in Art and Design in the QS Global World Rankings.

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Posted November 2021
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Call for Papers

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DEADLINES
Papers: June 16, 2022
Presentations: June 30, 2022

RSD11 INFO

RSD11 Call for Contributions

RSD11 Call for Contributions

Now open. RSD11 Call for contributions that challenge, extend, critique, and diversify established working methods in systemic design.

Preparing an RSD submission

Preparing an RSD submission

This article invites you to follow the RSD posting protocols and provides a detailed description of the basics to consider when preparing your submission.

Contributions to RSD11 focus sessions

Contributions to RSD11 focus sessions

Authors are invited to identify their paper or presentation as aligned to one of seven specific focus sessions. These have been developed as provocations for critical reflection, new topics, and different directions.

Focus: Design over time

Focus: Design over time

Designers must navigate between the need for immediate action and maintaining long-term change. Yet, it is difficult to think of the temporality of design beyond the consideration of years or decades.

Focus: Products are systemic objects

Focus: Products are systemic objects

In this focus, RSD11 is interested in contributions exploring: circular design, regenerative design, distributed design, and, more broadly, ways that designers of things act to shape the nature and legibility of economic, bureaucratic, ecological and cultural systems.

Focus: Architecture gone wild?

Focus: Architecture gone wild?

Now that the architecture discipline seems to be arriving at a period of digital sobriety in its modes of practice and generative methods, critical perspectives are needed.

Focus: Radical shifts in planetary health

Focus: Radical shifts in planetary health

Attending to health means fundamentally rethinking where (our) health comes from. The importance of considering global health and human health as intersecting is increasingly pressing.

Focus: Different stories in design

Focus: Different stories in design

How may we use Bateson’s provocations to rethink the problematic stories around design and modernity as mobilised in contemporary design practices?

Focus: Methods and the worlds they make

Focus: Methods and the worlds they make

Methods afford and perpetuate ways of understanding and organising the world much like any other artefact. Because conventions are assumed within the context of a methodological practice, they are difficult to question from within.

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