World Design Summit; Montreal Design Declaration

  • Derek Jones posted an article
    DRS to attend April 2019 Design Declaration Summit see more

    DRS to attend the 2019 Design Declaration Summmit

    International design organisations will meet this week in Saint-Étienne, France, as a follow up to the Montréal Design Declaration, held in 2017. The first Design Summit meeting saw 18 delegates from a range of international design organisations, including the Design Research Society (report here).

    The focus of the follow-up summit will be three work packages, selected from themes discussed at the first Summit and voted by delegates as having the highest priority in the field. These are:

    • Establishing metrics and collecting data and case studies to more effectively communicate the value of design
    • Supporting development of National and Regional Design Policies
    • Fostering development, recognition, support and funding for design education and research, including development of new formats for design education curricula.

    For each of these themes there is clear relevance to the interests of DRS members. The DRS will be represented by acting Chair, Peter Lloyd, and acting PedSIG representative Derek Jones who will both contribute to relevant workstreams,  ensuring that design research is represented as well as practice and education.

    A full report on the Summit will follow.

    You can find out more about the Design Declaration summit on their website: http://www.designdeclaration.org/

  • Derek Jones posted an article
    DRS Attends Design Declaration Summit meeting see more

    DRS Attends Design Declaration Summit, April 2019

    The DRS attended the second Design Declaration Summit in St. Étienne, 2-5 April 2019. International delegates from a diverse range of design related organisations were represented, including the UK Design Council, the national Danish Design Centre, the Commonwealth Association of Planners, Architecture Sans Frontières, as well as a number of Universities and design schools.

    This was technically the pre-summit which arranged a series of activities in preparation for the full summit, planned for 2021. These activities centred around three workstreams:

    • Establishing metrics and collecting data and case studies to more effectively communicate the value of design
    • Supporting development of National and Regional Design Policies
    • Fostering development, recognition, support and funding for design education and research, including development of new formats for design education curricula.

    It was felt by the DRS Council that the Summit was an important event to attend - not simply because the Society was one of 18 original signatories to the original Declaration, but also to ensure that design research and design researchers in particular were represented. It turned out that this was an important opportunity to do so.

    Presentations in each workstream demonstrated the breadth of global activity that relies on, or is affected by, design. At this scale, the synergies with the UN Sustainable Development Goals were noted by a number of presenters. The values in the original Declaration were referred to regularly, albeit with only a few delegates noting just how difficult it is to confront the practical reality of ethics in design.

     

     

    The range of discussion within each workstream attempted to identify practical progress that could be made prior to the main summit in 2021. This is, as anyone who has hosted such an event will know, the hard part - talking and  agreeing on matters is one thing but translating this to tangible action is quite another. The DRS, with a few other organisations, called for a design prototyping approach to elicit outputs and act as a catalyst to make progress. We await the outputs from the Pre-Summit and will share these with members as soon as they are available. 

    The DRS was represented at the second Design Declaration Summit by Peter Lloyd, Acting Chair, and Derek Jones, Communications Officer and acting PedSIG representative.

    The Design Declaration Summit website can be found here: http://www.designdeclaration.org/

  • Peter Lloyd posted an article
    About the DRS's Participation in the World Design Summit see more

    The DRS at the World Design Summit: Report

     

     

    The Design Research Society was invited to participate, along with many other International Design Societies and Organisations, in the World Design Summit which took place in Montreal on the 23rd and 24th October 2017. The purpose of the Summit was the development of a joint Declaration – a position statement to identify the unique role, capacities and value of design and design-related disciplines in the current global context. The declaration outlined how design impacts and can better address aspects of economy, culture, environment, and society and serves to galvanize the resources and skills of the international design, planning, architecture and landscape architecture communities in articulating a bold vision of a design-driven future.

     

    Delegates at the World Design Summit in Montreal

     

    The Design Research Society came relatively late to the process, in August this year, but the declaration has been many years in development. In 2015 seven international organizations representing industrial design, interior design, interaction design, graphic and communication design, landscape architecture and housing and planning jointly declared design’s critical role in shaping the world that meets global development goals fostering sustainability, equality, diversity and long term economic viability. Conceptual convergence has come about by focusing on that which is common between the disciplines and the shared desire to strategically leverage the unique capacity of design to address pressing global needs.

     

    The draft declaration was considered by the DRS Council prior to the summit and, though there was some criticism that the role of design researchers and Universities wasn’t prominent enough, it was thought this was an initiative that aligned well with the aims and objectives of the Society. The summit itself was conducted as a UN style negotiation, with each society/organisation having up to two delegates. Professor Peter Lloyd represented the DRS as Vice Chair and head delegate, with Professor Tiiu Poldma as supporting delegate (though also head delegate for IASDR). Societies who had indicated that they would be prepared to sign the declaration were given the chance to speak in various sessions to comment on various aspects of the draft delegation. On behalf of the DRS it was suggested that design research (and research in general) as well as forward thinking design education, should be a key component of any future involving design solutions at the global scale.

     

    DRS Vice Chair, Peter Lloyd signs the Montreal Design Declaration on behalf of the DRS

     

    Following two days of commenting on the declaration - comments that will be taken account of in the next stage of implementation - the summit ended with a signing ceremony where 25 international design organisations along with several International Non-Governmental Organisations, amongst them UNESCO and other UN Global Compacts, signed up to what is now known as the Montreal Design Declaration. 

     

    It will be interesting to see what follow’s from a declaration of such ambition and scope, but several of the possible projects listed as examples could be taken on by the DRS - see the text of the declaration below for project outlines. Aside from the declaration many good connections were made with the leaders of other Organisations and Societies, so future partnership working and collaboration will be a possibility. Many at the Summit were aware of the DRS, and very positive about its participation at the event. For those that were unaware, the Design Research Society will now be on their horizon. The DRS’s contribution to the Summit, and participation going forward, will mean an increased level of influence on the world design stage.

     

    For Further Details

    Please contact the DRS Administrator: admin@designresearchsociety.org 

     

    For Reference

    Read the Montreal Design Declaration

    Website for the World Design Summit

    The United Nations Sustainable Development goals 

  • Derek Jones posted an article
    DRS Attending World Design Summit in Montreal, a historic gathering of 50 international organization see more

    The Design Research Society will be represented at the summit of International Organizations, part of the World Design Summit, in Montreal this October. The aims of the summit of International Organizations are ambitious:

    A historic gathering of 50 international organizations, all with a common objective: developing an international action plan for harnessing the power of design to address pressing global challenges. International organizations representing design, architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture, are coming together for the first time with representatives of intergovernmental and supranational organizations and specialized agencies, such as UNESCO, OECD, UNEP and ICLEI. This will be an unprecedented moment of global unity in seeking design-driven solutions. Together, the participants will develop and put forth a declaration and 10-year implementation framework for continued international collaboration towards the shared objective: designing a better world for all.

    The DRS will be represented at the summit by Vice Chair, Professor Peter Lloyd along with Internationalisation Officer, Professor Tiiu Poldma.

    Summit of International Organizations website: https://worlddesignsummit.com/summit-of-international-organizations/

    World Design Summit: https://worlddesignsummit.com/

    A full report on the event will appear in due course.