the design debate
Moderators: Professor Steve Culley (GBR) / Dr. Tom Howard (DNK)
This is a new innovation for Design2012. Organizers and debaters expect the audience will actively and lively participate in this event that is organized for the first time and hopefully not the last time at DESIGN conference. The purpose of the debate is to investigate in a forensic manner some key topics that affect the engineering design research community. This will be achieved by key players in the community presenting evidence for or against a particular topic.
Topic: “Design Research should be about developing new products, technologies and services, not theories, models and methods”
Formate: The topic will be proposed and then opposed in detail by eminent members of the Engineering design research community (8 minutes each), Supporting statements, seconding the two viewpoints will then be given (4 minutes each). The floor (the audience) will then be asked to question the proposers and opposers. There will also be an opportunity to present additional viewpoints and positions on the topic. Preference will be given to those who have submitted to the moderators in advance. A vote will then be taken to see which side has “won” the debate.
For: John Clarkson, University of Cambridge (GBR), Warren Seering, MIT (USA)
Against: Bernard Yannou, Ecole Centrale Paris (FRA), Maik Maurer, TU Munich (DEU)