Armi OPEN Workshop discusses on movement and communication
Simultaneous workshops bring together professionals around the world 6-7 September 2012
As part of World Design Capital Helsinki 2012, the Armi association arranges an international project of events on developing urban environments. The Armi OPEN Workshop – Urban BrainStream will be a series of ideation workshops taking place within one day, 6-7 September 2012, around the world. The workshops will feature professionals in architecture and construction as well as design, including graphic design, together with citizens, approaching internationally topical issues related to urban design from the point of view of communication and movement. Armi OPEN Workshop is also a part of Helsinki Design Week’s programme.
For more information visit: www.armi.fi
During the Cumulus conference in the World Design Capital, Helsinki, in May 2012, Deborah Dawton, President of BEDA, and Christian Guellerin, President of Cumulus (International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media), signed a protocol to commit to BEDA and Cumulus working together.
Both organisations operate in the field of design, but BEDA now focusses purely on professional and promotional organisations, whilst Cumulus is focused on academic institutions. The two organisations therefore complement one another very well.
The aim of the protocol is to facilitate information exchange between professionals and educators, to assist with potential joint activities, and to tell regional, national, European and worldwide institutions that the design community is united and ready to work together at every level.
To find out more visit: www.cumulusassociation.org
On 24 May 2012, the new Helsinki Music Centre hosted the Cities for All Helsinki Conference, the annual conference of EIDD – Design for All Europe, which this year took place within the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 programme, and attracted participants from all over Europe.
The one day conference spotlighted the design challenges and opportunities raised by the issue of Active Ageing. Professionals from different fields shared their ideas around how human diversity and dignity can inform design processes that improve our common well-being and welfare, by creating and maintaining better Cities for All.
The agenda offered insight into the thinking and processes that drive Design for All: unprecedented inspiration, visionary knowledge and interdisciplinary innovation in the areas of urban and social systems and cohesion, physical and cognitive accessibility, human diversity and understanding.
The programme had two key themes: Shared Spaces – Shared Solutions and Shared Services – Shared Experiences. The first looked into inclusive strategies in the built environment and society; Marco Steinberg, strategic design director with the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, looked at how the Helsinki Design Lab is introducing design thinking in interdisciplinary governmental decision-making.
The afternoon programme explored Shared Services – Shared Experiences, kicking off with a focus on service design, social inclusion and inclusive business cases from keynote speaker Rama Gheerawo, of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art.
The International Council of Communication Design Icograda President Leimei Julia Chiu offered the world council’s opinion about communication and information design – what is accessible communication in a city environment? How can we achieve better graphic design for our everyday life?
Business cases included Pekka Korhonen, head of KONE Corporation’s People Flow strategy, speaking about Better people flow in cities, Onny Eikhaug from the Norwegian Design Council discussing Inclusive design as a business driver, and the Scandic Hotel group’s Accessibility Ambassador Magnus Berglund, who shared the Hotel Scandic Accessibility Programme.
The day was rounded off by a panel discussion led by conference moderator Pete Kercher, EIDD Ambassador, with the presidents of three international design organisations: Deborah Dawton from BEDA, Leimei Julia Chiu from Icograda and Finn Petrén from EIDD amongst others.
The international Cities for All exhibition running alongside the conference illustrated how Design for All has created added value in practice. The exhibition will tour Finland and then other host countries in Europe.
For more information about the conference, including full details of speakers and the programme visit: www.ornamo.fi/citiesforallhelsinki
Cities for All Helsinki Conference and Exhibition 24 May 2012
The conference creates a comprehensive Design for All experience, as well as provides latest information, inspiration and enthusiasm in the fields of freedom from barriers and accessibility. The event itself forms a pilot example of a conference executed with easy access for all.
The Cities for All Helsinki conference is organised in conjunction with the General Assembly meeting of the Design for All Europe EIDD organisation. The conference will also be accompanied by an exhibition of invited designers of Finnish solutions. The exhibition is designed with a view to an international tour.
The conference is intended for construction industry professionals, municipal and private sector building contractors, city and company executives, as well as developers and students.
When: 24 May 2012
Where: Helsinki Music Centre
For more information: http://www.ornamo.fi/citiesforallhelsinki/
Cities for All Helsinki 2012 CALL FOR EXHIBITORS
Cities for All Helsinki Exhibition is seeking a selection of the most interesting Design for All solutions in the areas of built environment, product design and service design.
Accepted proposals to the exhibition will cost € 2000/ case.
Find proposal form from Cities for All Helsinki 2012 website: