Call for papers deadline extended for BY DESIGN: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Issues of Design Education, Business and Material Culture

Toronto’s Design Exchange (DX), Canada’s national Centre for the Advancement and Promotion of Desingn and the only museum of post-1945 Industrial Design, will host a conference from October 12-15, 2005 exploring the life-course of designed objects and environments, including buildings, interiors and constructed landscapes. This conference has been conceived of as three distinct, but interrelated and interdependent streams.

This conference is intended to attract designers and engineers, educators, and members of the business and cultural communities. Speakers will focus on issues of design education, design practice, and design as an innovative business strategy, and the status of the designed object in public culture. Intended to encourage dialogue about design culture, this conference acknowledges Peter Dormer’s observation that as a social phenomenon what is called "design" is both a product of western liberal capitalism and dependent upon it, and that the meaning of design is determined both in the marketplace and the museum.

Accordingly, the DX invites designers, design educators from across disciplines, business leaders, engineers, museum and heritage professionals, scholars, collectors and interested observers to submit paper and presentation proposals that address the critical issues of the conference and which seek to explore the relationships between those groups. The call for papers deadline has been extended to May 30, 2005.

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