The 'Enable' Symposium is organised as a tribute to Prof. Johan Verbeke († August 6, 2017)
The European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE), the Architectural Research European Network Association (ARENA), the European Institute for Comparative Urban Research (EURICUR), the association for Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe) and the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) continue to dedicate themselves to the development of research in all fields of architecture, technology, design and arts. This also includes subjects such as environmental design, sustainable development, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design/urbanism, music, performing arts, visual arts, product design, social design, interaction design, etc.
Together they are organising a symposium as a tribute to professor Johan Verbeke. The symposium is building further on Johan’s critical approach, his advocacy for designerly thinking in research, his plea for research through design, based on the insights as they emerge during design practice. It is also building further on Johan’s vision to bring together arts and architecture, design and performance, from product design to landscape.
This symposium is called ‘ENABLE’, because we want to discuss the deployability and impact of design thinking, research and practice. This discussion and the cross-over with stakeholders outside the design world, governments, private companies, management thinking can be combined in notions such as ‘activating’ and ‘enabling’. Enable means
to make able; to give power, means, competence, or ability to; to authorise
to give (someone) the authority or means to do something; to make it possible for
to empower, to facilitate, to implement
How does the research field of practices reaches out towards building developers, city policy, city planning? And how is the design world reacting to questions and challenges generated from these 'external' stakeholders?
Design researchers and PhD students will be able to participate in an environment dealing with research outside the architectural or artistic discipline and research within design studios.
The symposium is structured around three half days with three themes derived from the ‘Enable’-concept: ‘Slow modelling’, ‘Impurity’ and ‘Form influence’. Each theme will include discussants from within and outside academia. Students, end-users and policy makers will be welcomed in each panel.