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Publication call for submissions: Design in Unreal Times

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The global pandemic is causing major disruption to our daily lives. While longer-term impacts remain to be seen, our faculty of architecture will document the social, cultural, financial and spatial changes that are currently unfolding around us. We ask in the broadest terms, how these unreal times are changing the nature of design and speculate on what design practice could become in the near future.
Topics considered for this publication include, but are not limited to:

–    How has mobility changed in cities and how does this alter the ‘usual’ urban flows?
–    Has the relationship between public and private space changed?
–    How do the current restrictions and obstacles to making work alter design thinking with respect to material conditions, working conditions, or collaborative conditions?
–    How are our memories of place altered by the COVID-19 crisis?
–    Should social distancing be designed into our living spaces and urban environments?
–    What new educational dissemination models for design have emerged (on or offline) as a result of the lockdown?
–    Have relations between people fundamentally changed such as citizens/policy makers, amateurs/professionals, or even neighbours?

Abstracts in English of no more than 100 words can be submitted to Lilet Breddels by 20th May 2020.
Submissions are reviewed by the editorial board and all applicants are notified of the outcome shortly afterwards.
Final submissions are between 200-1200 words in length, or comprise up to 4x A4 pages of visual/graphical material. All submissions are due by the 26th June 2020 and will be published as a supplement to Volume Magazine, to be distributed in November 2020. The publication will be ready before the start of the new academic year (Assemblea) in September 2020.

SUMMARY OF TIME FRAME

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: MAY 12
DEADLINE PROPOSALS: MAY 20
DEADLINE CONTRIBUTIONS: JUNE 26

FORMAT
48 pages total (circa)
200 x 267 cm (portrait)
design: Valentijn Goethals
editorial board: Rachel Armstrong, Gisèle Gantois, Annelies de Smet, Tomas Ooms, Lilet Breddels

(see here a text by Rachel Armstrong that triggered this publication)