Two Canadian Teams Chosen to Compete in Solar Decathlon 2009
January 25, 2008
Canadian universities will lead two of the twenty teams chosen to design and build a solar home for the 2009 Solar Decathlon competition. Organized by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the competition aims to promote development and adoption of solar powered housing, evaluating the projects’ architecture, energy efficiency, and livability.
Report Says National Design Strategy Needed to Stay Competitive
October 19, 2007
In the report, “Design as an Instrument of Public Policy in Singapore and South Korea,” the CDRN warns that other nations are putting significant resources into design promotion and research,
Douglas MacLeod, executive director of the CDRN, and one of the authors of the report, says: “As the key to productivity, innovation and sustainability, design constitutes a critical competitive advantage in the 21st century. Numerous other countries provide a striking contrast to Canada in the extent of their commitment to design quality and their support for design as an instrument of public policy.”
SFU interactive arts professor Rob Woodbury, the CDRN’s scientific director, agrees with the report. "Three things are needed for success. First, companies need to value design and make high-quality design choices. Second, nations need to value design education from kindergarten through to university. Third, industry, the design professions and schools must foster an interdisciplinary approach if good design is to become national innovation."
For a complete description, please visit the Asia Pacific website at http://www.asiapacific.ca/about/pressreleases/2007/design_17oct07.cfm
The report may be downloaded at: http://www.asiapacific.ca/analysis/pubs/pdfs/rr/2007/rr_design_oct2007.pdf
Proceedings of July Sustainability Workshop
August 21, 2007
A workshop at the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo in Cambridge, Ontario on Friday, July 13 was held focusing on Sustainable Design Research in Canada. The intent of the meeting was to review current Canadian research and to develop a program of dissemination and promotion of this material. Approximately thirty researchers representing the Canadian Green Building Council, Natural Resources Canada, Neational Research Council and design schools from every region in Canada were present. The event was chaired by Brian Lilley, Sustainability Theme Leader for the CDRN. Podcasts and slides available online.
Master of Design Program Finally at Carleton!
April 23, 2007
Starting September 2007, the Carleton University School of Industrial Design is finally launching its Master of Design Graduate Program. The program will address current issues in design, and will provide students with an understanding and appreciation of design principles and processes, as well as preparing them for advanced work in the design industry. Students will work in the school’s new collaborative graduate studio space, and will have the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary work with students and faculty from diverse disciplines. Key areas of faculty expertise will include: advanced materials and manufacturing processes, advanced visualization, design and culture, design management, extreme environments, human-oriented design, product interaction design, sustainable design, and strategic design research. The two-year program is project-based with a strong theoretical focus, ending with a thesis project.
For more information about the program, please visit: www.id.carleton.ca
CDRN Board and Membership to Develop Sustainable Design Research Strategy
March 6, 2007
Through ongoing discussions with our board and membership, the CDRN is developing a design research strategy in the area of sustainable design. To this end we have produced a mapping of current research in this area.
All members are welcome to work with us in crafting this strategy.