A joint meeting of Association for Community Design + the Association of Architecture Organizations / Architecture + Design Education Network
This year we turn our attention to collaboration, focusing on the ways architectural organizations, community designers and educators work together to best promote and advocate for quality design in our communities, investigating how our projects - big or small, traditional or experimental - speak to one another and illuminate the larger aims we share.
Join us this fall October 9-11 in Philadelphia where some of the most exciting, collaborative work happening anywhere is taking place.
As always, we'll bring you in touch with your peers and with practical learning topics to broaden your horizons and help you build organizational capacity. Come be part of the conversation.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
In the midst of an economic downturn, crumbling city infrastructure and technological advances that are changing the way we communicate, learn, and work together, governments, institutions and individuals are beginning to collaborate in innovative ways. Almost daily, relationships are being redrawn – between organizations, between individuals, between disciplines – informed by new networks, challenges and opportunities.
Architectural organizations, community design centers, and design educators are not immune to these changes and are in the midst of a critical realignment, evaluating and reflecting on our specific and unique creative energies and strengths. Using these current conditions as a catalyst for change, many are fundamentally rethinking and redesigning how we conceive, present and partner in our work not only to survive these difficult times but to do more and do better. The very best are embracing these challenges to have a greater impact, reach wider audiences and create compelling programs that empower people to work together on the design decisions that shape and impact our city.
The Association for Community Design is partnering with the Association of Architecture Organizations and its Architecture + Design Education Network to bring you DESIGN IN ACTION 2011, taking place this fall in Philadelphia from October 9-11. We’re coming together for an investigation and celebration of the most ingenious new partnerships, informative failures, emergent approaches, practical wisdom and exemplary projects that embrace the power of the collective creative community. We invite you to be an active part of the knowledge sharing.
WHO SHOULD SUBMIT?
Board, Staff and Volunteers of Community Design Centers and Architecture Centers; Foundation Heads and Program Officers; Designers; Neighborhood Organizers; Policy Wonks; Technologists; Design Educators; Guerrilla Gardeners; Scientists; Community Health Experts; Design Researchers – and everyone in between! We want you to share your very best ideas, most significant challenges and exemplary projects regarding the intersection of community, collaboration and design.
Choose one of the following formats for sharing or exploring your work or ideas.
You may choose to share your work or idea in a short (6 minutes) or long (15 minutes) format but we encourage you to focus either on storytelling or delivering concise actionable lessons. [Sessions will be between 1 to 1.5 hours. Feel free to propose a small group of presenters, or we will consider how your ideas plugs into other promising submissions.]
WORKSHOP/GROUP LEARNING ACTIVITY
Do you have an idea, skill or method that is best modeled rather than talked about? Maybe you have a ‘wicked problem’ or idea related to collaboration that you would like to get a diverse group of really smart people to help you explore? Perhaps the best manner of explaining an innovative example of design and collaboration is taking us there? Do you have an activity that helps us experience firsthand what a radical collaboration feels like? [Participatory Workshops will be between 1 and 1.5 hours. A Mobile Workshop should not exceed 3 hours.]
Proposals for presentations and workshops/group learning activities on collaboration should fall within one of the following themes (but topics can address any number of organizational aspects from board engagement to program development to youth education to research driving your work):
What nontraditional partnerships have you pioneered to accomplish and expand your mission? How did this relationship occur, how is it being maintained and what are the results?
Some of our most poignant learning moments occur when we fall flat on our faces. What disastrous – or that wasn’t supposed to happen! – collaborative experience and lessons learned can you share with conference attendees to help everyone avoid similar mistakes? Don’t worry, we’re a friendly bunch!
What fundamental assumptions are you testing and rethinking to foster better collaboration for greater impact? What new tools, methods and ideas are just over the horizon – perhaps in an unrelated discipline or still in the laboratory – that will change the way we work together to accomplish great things?
Sometimes the best indicator of exemplary collaboration is an exemplary end product. Show us your very best project and then reverse engineer it for attendees, so that we can all learn from your success.
People have been collaborating since the beginning of time. What are tried and true lessons for better collaboration that you use every day in your work?
In 300 words or less, please describe how you would like to share or explore an exemplary idea, project or possibility involving collaboration as it relates to community and design. Please be sure to specify the following:
- 1. List both how and what you would like to share or explore.
- 2. Why you think this is important learning for our audience, or perhaps even why this now.
- 3. Contact info and resume or short bio.
- 4. Email your submission to email@example.com.
All submissions are due by June 1, 2011. Applicants will be notified by June 30th. Interested participants are encouraged to submit proposals before the deadline. All participants in sessions – including local panelists – are required to register for the conference.
NOTE: UPCOMING ADDITION TO THIS CALL FOR PROPOSALS
EXHIBIT: Scheduled to coincide with the ACD/AAO/A+DEN Conference is an exhibition that seeks to highlight the work of architects, landscape architects, designers, nonprofits, city programs, and other organizations that Strengthen Neighborhoods Through Design. The exhibit is organized by the Community Design Collaborative and will be held at the Center for Architecture in Philadelphia. Stay tuned for a Call for Submissions by May 15.