Current Team
  • Current 08: Generative Research & Social Innovation What if the planet is the home of project-grounded exploration, the sun represents the unifying pop-up thematic and the moons present spaces for collaboration? – Lisa Grocott Current 08 takes on the theme of “Generative Research & Social Innovation.” This year’s issue features articles written around the subjects of the defense and regeneration of democracy, information design, research and […] No responses April 20, 2018
  • Generative Design Research For Social Innovation Introduction This paper describes what you will need to consider when you are planning to do generative design research for social innovation. I will start by discussing generative design research for commercial innovation in comparison to social innovation and then describe what is unique about design for social innovation. Commercial Innovation vs. Social Innovation Designers […] No responses April 19, 2018
  • Information design, research and ethics Information design is an ethically motivated approach to designing. It is ethical because it recognizes the people addressed as different from the groups that create the communications. Awareness of the differences, however, is indispensable but insufficient. It motivates the approach, but to execute it in an effective manner it becomes necessary to engage in user […] No responses April 18, 2018
  • Connecting the Autism Spectrum Disorder Community Through Design Introduction Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the most common neurological disorder in children and is impacting our society in profound ways. ASD now affects approximately one in 68 births. Given this prevalence rate, it is estimated that there are 60,000 people affected by ASD in British Columbia alone [1]. Autism is characterized by a complex […] No responses April 17, 2018
  • Democracy must be Defended, by Undemocratic Design Specifications A version of Part I was presented at a talk given at Nottingham-Trent University in June 2017 at the invitation of Professor Tom Fisher. Part II is based on notes for a final lecture to 1st Years at CMU School of Design before my departure back to Australia, a few weeks after Trump’s Election at […] No responses April 16, 2018
  • Neighbourhood Time Exchange | Downtown Prince George Emily Carr University of Art + Design began the process of launching a new campus in Prince George by partnering with the Wood Innovation Design Centre (WIDC) in 2015. Living Labs took on an active role in programming creative research and industry projects through this new lens of institutional activity. Through discussion with Justin Langlois, […] No responses April 15, 2018
  • Regenerating democracy. The scenario of a project-centred democracy. “We are in difficult and dangerous times. For many years, we lived in a world that, despite its problems, was nevertheless committed to principles of democracy in which human rights, fundamental freedoms, and opportunities for personal development, were increasing. Today, this picture has changed profoundly. There are attacks on democracy in several countries – including […] No responses April 14, 2018
  • Welcome to the NeighbourHub Vancouver on Edge Nestled between the ocean and the mountains on Canada’s west coast, Vancouver has been called one of the world’s most beautiful and livable cities [1]. Lucky for us, right? Well, not so fast. Our city also sits on the meeting point of two tectonic plates, which means we face a one in […] No responses April 13, 2018
  • One week, Twenty-one people and tomorrow’s researchers If I start with the why will you listen? If I use well worn words like systemic / intractable / wicked problems will you pay attention or roll your eyes? When I claim that today we face transdisciplinary challenges that cannot be solved by one discipline alone will you nod knowingly or sigh? Of course […] No responses April 12, 2018
  • Canada’s Hidden Racism Studying last year in California, I was often praised for being a Canadian. I felt proud to be a citizen of a country that so many consider to be a peaceful and progressive utopia of acceptance, but I realized that the Canada they were thinking of is not a reality for many people here. My […] No responses April 11, 2018
  • Micro-Communities Public Practice Emergent in design thinking and practice is the idea of small-scale interventions into spaces, artifacts, technologies and systems having the faculty to deconstruct and reconstruct new meaning into our everyday lives and urban experiences. Practices that call into question the structures and associated behaviours of the digital and built environment, such as tactical […] No responses April 10, 2018
  • Current 08 Credits Founding Editors Bonne Zabolotney Deborah Shackleton Current Advisory Board Bonne Zabolotney Celeste Martin Cameron Neat Deborah Shackleton Dr. Ron Burnett Grant Gregson Editors Celeste Martin Deborah Shackleton Reviewers Aldona Czajewska Jessica Bayntun Mariko Kuroda Michal Cabaj Prakriti Mukhopadhyay Reyhaneh Yazdani Ricardo Leal Barrocas Sukriti Tandon Song Tang Tammy Tan Yufei Yao Art Directors Cathy Yang […] No responses May 9, 2017