Additions for 4th September 2009

Additions for 4th September 2009:—

New! 04.09.09    
Added to the Events listing:  Are you a business seeking to fit strong design into your planning? The Design Council is running a free half-day Designing Demand workshop at the new Wedgwood Museum on the outskirts of Stoke-on-Trent, on 7th October 2009. Small to medium firms with up to 250 employees are eligible for support from the Designing Demand scheme. The event is free, and bookings are now being taken. Places are limited, so don’t be late signing up!

New! 04.09.09    
Those interested in the business of design may be interested in a new 2009 report Advancing by Design (PDF, 2Mb), on…. “the role universities in the West Midlands have played [pre-recession] in promoting design amongst businesses”.  Commenting on the report in September 2009, the British Design Innovation trade body scathingly noted that…

“The report acknowledges that these HE interventions have negligible tangible data to demonstrate financial outputs, knowledge transfer or student learning. Three years on, virtually all of the £88.6 million-backed initiatives have disbanded.”

New! 04.09.09    
The School of Architecture at Birmingham City University is calling for papers for a conference on “Urban Design Research: Method and Application” to be held on 3rd-4th December 2009. The conference will focus on three subject areas: i) contemporary methods of urban design research; ii) the ways in which research results can be applied in practice; and iii) case studies which show how research results were directly applied to contemporary practice. This conference will be accompanied by an exhibition on new urban design research projects, and the application of research to real projects. 400 word English-language abstracts should be sent as Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) files to: by 14th September 2009.

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