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Together with the unique participation of 25 Deans and design experts of the most important and prestigious worldwide design and art schools, ELISAVA presents the International Days of Deans and Design Experts, that will take place on 4-5-6 April 2018 in Barcelona. The objective is to:

Address together how design impacts our society. As a result of two days of analysis and workshops, a manifesto/roadmap will be created  collaboratively and it will describe how design is a key agent to reach the UN's SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).

With the objective of boosting the inclusion of design institutions in the political agenda that works to achieve the development of the UN's SDGs, ELISAVA will send this manifesto to the UN and the European Commission. Since at this time design has no relevance in the European research agenda, this manifesto aims to reverse this situation.

Some of the subjects that are expected to be addressed are: how design can contribute to revert climate change, overcoming lack of resources, approach to the relationship with robots, new technologies, and so on.

The event is organised by the Professor Arianna Mazzeo, ELISAVA's Head of International Relations, together with Eija Salmi, General Secretary of the Cumulus network. The main objective is to promote Design Education by introducing the UN Sustainable Development Goals to the design curriculum and design research education. During these days, companies such as Ikea, Seat or Adidas and private and public institutions such as La Caixa and the Municipality of Barcelona will be challenging the thematic focus: how to impact through design.

The following design institutions will also be present: New York's Parsons School of Design,  London's Royal College of Art, Politecnico of Milano, Brooklyn's Pratt Institute, Shanghai's Tonjii University, Rhode Island's RISD, London's UCL-Central San Martin, Eindhoven's TUE, Toronto's George Brown College of Design, Stockholm's Design School Konstafack, Toronto's OCAD  University, Sapienza University of Rome, Umeä Institut of Design, Sheffield Hallam University, DEA Eindhoven, Rekiavik's University of Lapland, Escuela Politécnica de Valencia, Kolding Design School, Open Design School Capetown, HASSELT Design School, Istambul's ÖzU Institue of Design, NID India, Madeira's European Research Center and the Carnegie Mellon Design School. The event is co-produced with Cumulus, the worldwide association that serves art, design education and research.

This activity is part of Design Does.


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