Cumulus Johannesburg: 2nd Call for Abstracts


Cumulus Johannesburg: 2nd Call for AbstractsDesign with the Other 90%: Changing the World by Design
Hosted by Greenside Design Center (GDC) and the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) at the University of Johannesburg

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg
Greenside Design Center (GDC)

22 – 24 September 2014
Johannesburg 26°12’16’S 28°2’44°E , South Africa
South Africa
Max number of delegates: 250
Max number of paper contributions: 54

Conference Theme
In 2007, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum hosted an exhibition entitled ‘Design for the other 90%’ which
focused on design solutions that addressed the most basic needs of the 90% of the world’s population not traditionally served by
professional designers. In 2008, Cumulus members signed the Kyoto Declaration, wherein they committed themselves to the ideals of
sustainable development. The Cumulus Conference to be hosted by GDC and FADA seeks to bring discussions around the role art and
design can and should play in sustainable social advancement, particularly in the context of the African Continent. Focusing on
notions of respect, responsibility and sustainability, this conference seeks to explore the vital role that design, visual culture and
design education plays in addressing pressing problems of our planet, particularly for under-served communities that are rarely
benefactors of the work of artists and designers. It is envisaged that Africa’s distinctive capacity to respond to such problems will be

View the call for abstracts here: 2nd Call for Abstracts