Session Topic Deadline: June 30th, 2010
Beginning of/In the End
Email submission to: NCBDS@unl.edu
Proposals for session topics related to the conference theme are
requested for the 27th National Conference on the Beginning Design
To eliminate the concept of waste means to design things—
[buildings/spaces] products, packaging, and systems--from
the very beginning on the understanding that waste does not
exist. (Cradle to Cradle p. 104)
Conference Theme: Cradle to Cradle suggests a radical and deeper
method of thinking and making. This call for change has been with us for some
time but is our teaching paving the way for these new methods of thinking and
making? Are we capable of this level of change? Are there answers to the
questions they ask? Can we affect change in what we do? If sustainable design
thinking is the solution, do our early design studios prepare the way for the types
of significant changes we are hoping for? Is the beginning the place to start?
The NCBDS 27 seeks to raise these and other questions about shifts in practice,
pedagogy, and research. Our goal is to create a stage were educators can claim
that what they are doing in foundation education is preparing students for the
shifts and changes that have happened in the field of design. Conversely, the
discussion may speculate that we are not doing enough. We do not seek to
prescribe outcomes, but rather we intend to provide a stage for open discourse
and argument about where we have been and where we are going. Whether it is
through the use of digital, analog, fabrication, speculation, or other means, the
method is not as significant as the intent and the outcome.
The two year conference starting with “Beginning of/In the End” is
interested in defining what values, methods, and tools we ought to be
implementing in the beginning. How are they implemented? How do
we encourage students to carry over their education as a beginning
design student into more advanced levels of design? What type of
“design-thinkers” should we be developing? “The Beginning”
conference will ultimately allow us to see how and what we teach in
the beginning effects how and what students create in “The End”.
This brings us to “End of/In the Beginning” - the second part of the
conference which will be held at Penn State in 2012 - details to come
in the fall of 2010.
Conference Topic Proposal form:
Session Topic proposals may be broad in scope or sharply focused. In
either case, each proposal should clearly identify its subject and its
particular approach to it: the premise, scope, and ambitions
underlying the session should be clear to the reader. Authors of
Session Topic Proposals submit a 500-word (maximum) description of
the session, suitable for blind review, and a brief biographical
statement that demonstrates the author’s expertise in the proposal’s
area of focus.
Session Topic Selection Process
Each Session Topic proposal is blind peer reviewed by a minimum of 2
external reviewers. Co-chairs review the ratings and comments
provided by the external reviewers, the proposals themselves, and the
2-page curriculum vitae supplied by the proposal author. The
selection process takes into consideration the merits of the Session
Topic proposals – the subject, premise, and scope of the proposed
Session Topics should be clearly stated – the expertise of the Session
Topic authors, as well as the importance of organizing a diverse set of
sessions for the 27th NCBDS.
The authors of the Session Topics selected in the first stage will serve
as Session Topic Chairs for their respective sessions. Working in
collaboration with the conference co-chairs, their responsibilities
include: maintaining a blind-review process for all papers submitted
during the entire review process; enlisting three blind reviewers for
each of the papers submitted to their Session Topic; recommending
final papers for presentation; and moderating their respective sessions
during the NCBDS.
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