Addressing the issues, the conference will invite keynote speakers with international reputations and scholars/professionals from universities, governments, private sectors, and other institutions who are interested to disseminate their research paper on the following themes:
1. Design Activism
Design activism employs the process of design as a tool to drive change and transformations, be it social, political, or cultural (Fuad-Luke, 2009). It can also be the means to obtain a more sustainable development by incorporating and empowering things or stakeholders that are previously excluded within the dialogue (Thorpe, 2012). This theme is interested to discuss how design activism is influenced by different narratives and contribute to various design approaches and frameworks in design practices.
Design activism can encourage communities to care about the qualities of their environment. Some practices of design activism focus on the need to manage or re-appropriate environmental resources for use in the built environment in more sustainable and efficient ways (Fuad-Luke, 2009). Others campaign for social change by empowering marginalised communities through design intervention (Thorpe, 2012). Design activism may also transform ways of making and producing (Ibid.), and by doing so drive economic and environmental change and increase access of daily essentials for those in need.
These various narratives potentially create a more open and creative outlook on what design practice and design outputs can be. It may consist of creative ways of capturing attention of communities or bring them together. It can be rethinking on everyday objects or spaces for better use to the environment or evolving social need. It may inform alternative ways of production flows which better connect human and the environment. Such open outlook of outputs created from understanding design as activism arguably expands architectural discourse in a more dynamic and responsive way, and therefore is an important knowledge of current times. Related subthemes are as follows:
- Compact design (incl. mixed-use)
- Inclusive and universal design (incl. difable, aging and gender)
- Human Comfort and Behavior
- Community engagement
Panel Chair: Kristanti Dewi Paramita
2. Claiming-Reclaiming Space
The public space has long been the center of civic life for urban dwellers and provides the place for gathering, socializing recreation, festivals, and the places for protests and demonstrations. The public space is not only a physical boundary and material setting but also serving as a vehicle of political expressions, public discourses, and social relationships. However, the cities also have to deal with the rise of privatization and the erosion of public places. As a consequence, the privatization of public space creates singular places and narratives. They restrain what kinds of interactions and behaviors can afford, resulting in depoliticized, commodified, and passive public spaces. On the other hand, in the cities around the world, the small yet persistent challenges against the increasingly those regulated, privatized, and diminishing forms of public space have been represented. In contemporary cities, new expressions of the collective realms have emerged. There are tendencies of the predominantly marginalized communities to express the collective realm in the city through reclaiming the space, generating the self-made urban spaces, and initiating the temporary events. The public space no longer consisted of the archetypal and conventional categories such as parks and a public plaza.
This panel is looking for issues on how the claiming and reclaiming place potent to become the platform for inclusive and transformative dialogue. The central question is how the power of place-based awareness and action develop the more inclusive narratives? How does the idea of place-making act as a platform for transforming public places into spaces of dialogue, inclusion, and democratic participation? Related sub-themes are as follows:
- Squatters / Slums and Cities
- Sustainability and Social Responsibility
- Community and land use planning
- Neighborhoods and public space
Panel Chair: Evawani Ellisa