Design Ecologies: The ill defined Niche, a symposium
Call for Articles

To launch the call for article in Design Ecologies 2.1: the ill defined niche, a symposium will take place in 25th November 2011 at Royal College of Art, Howie Street, London.

Deadline for submissions: 29 February 2012.

Design Ecologies
2.1: the ill defined niche explores the possible shared territory between doubt and value of designing and the consequences of designing between maker and tool.

The ill defined niche begins with the provisional premise that our environment is composed of a multiplicity of ill-defined ecological niches, each of which is a potential home for living and non-living forms. Through an understanding that objects cannot be fully explained in terms of their material constituents and the energy within them, objects seems to be something over and above the material components that make it up, but at the same time it can be expressed only through the organization of matter and energy. This paradox allows burgeoning design practices to go beyond shaping geometry, to shaping the internal structure of material. But in that case, what is the connection between the empirical ground, the contingent material support of human thinking, and the abstract 'designer' that is the condition for a 'whole' of thought?

Humans have become the dominant driver of almost all natural processes in the biosphere. Anthropogenic changes are leading to a reshuffling of species assemblies from local to global spatial scales and, additionally, novel organisms created in laboratories enter ecosystems. It is expected that these changes are leading to new behaviours of ecological systems and 'ecological novelty' is becoming widely acknowledged.

This collection of ideas will aid in revealing the immediacy of the making of design work through what some might consider the relationship between people, environment and space, but what is actually our co-existence with it.

We are looking for articles to cover the following four sections of the journal:
1. Ecological design vision
2. Notational design vision
3. Instructional design vision
4. Aesthetical design vision

We also welcome case studies, project profiles, practice profiles and short reviews on publications and exhibits of 1–5 pages in length. Burgeoning practices (submissions that deal with the processes and theories of design ecologies) are also encouraged.

Submissions are welcome from both scholars and practitioners. Contributions may be between 3,000 and 7,000 words and should be accessible to the non-specialist reader. Papers must be submitted in English. Please refer to the Intellect style guide before submitting an article to this journal.

Design Ecologies 1.1 free issue:,id=1949/

Please send all submissions to, and specify the nature of the article, e.g. ecological, notational, review exhibition etc., in the subject heading of the email.

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