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CCS to Host International Conference on Art, Design and Research in Detroit

Cumulus, the world’s leading association for art and design education and research, is turning to CCS and Detroit to host its 2022 conference, “Design for Adaptation.”

the College of Creative Studies (CCS), in partnership with the Association of Independent Schools of Art and Design (AICAD), will host the international conference Cumulus Conference 2022 – Design for Adaptation in Detroit, MI next fall. This is only the second time in 30 years of history that the Cumulus conference will be held in North America.

From November 2 to 4, 2022, Design for adaptation explore the role artists and designers play in accelerating adaptation to the immediate and future impacts of climate change through a wide range of approaches, methods, visions and experiences that seek to reduce vulnerabilities and to foster the resilience of any community, large or small. Beyond the environment, human rights, poverty, inequality, global food security, health and the consequences of climate change require rapid action and adaptation.

“Global actions to slow climate change are promising but insufficient. While designers have been questioning their responsibilities for 25 years, few have focused on how people live in a changing environment,” says Maria Luisa Rossi, Cumulus Detroit 2022 Conference Chair and Chair of CCS Systems Design Thinking MFA. “This unprecedented urgency demands bold and creative thinking. Design for adaptation will bring together hundreds of the world’s brightest and most creative minds to come together around this timely and imperative topic.

Industry leaders, academics and community activists from the Great Lakes region have interrogated climate change and justice issues and piloted new ideas in and around Detroit for many years. The region has experienced historic flooding, record high water levels in the Great Lakes, and other weather events in recent years.

“Detroit has long been a hub of industrial design in the United States and home to international design giants. Today, it stands out as much for its rich history as for the cultural renaissance of which it continues to be at the center,” said Mariana Amatullo, PhD, president of the Cumulus Association, associate professor at the Parsons School of Design and vice-rector of the New School. “The first American city to receive the honor of UNESCO designation as a City of Design, Detroit and our member CCS will be inspiring hosts to see the global Cumulus community engage with the urgent call for action that the conference invites around the interrelated questions our disciplines must confront if we are to design our way out of the worst of the global climate crisis.

“Hosting an international conference of this magnitude is a task the CCS does not take lightly,” said Don L. Tuski, President of the College. “Climate action and social responsibility are an integral part of the CCS program, culture and core. Detroit offers a rich variety of projects and initiatives that will contribute to a better future.

Cumulus conferences provide a collaborative educational experience, including opportunities to present academic and professional papers and posters, participate in workshops and exhibits, meet peers from Cumulus working groups, and network with the wider circle international partner organizations and friends of Cumulus. It allows participants to explore new local contexts and discover the rich diversity of approaches to art and design education and research represented by the global nature of Cumulus members.

“This year’s conference expands to include AICAD members, further expanding the circle of institutions in North America. AICAD is delighted to partner with CCS, a member institution, to welcome Cumulus to North America,” said Deborah Obalil, President and Executive Director of AICAD. “Through our annual symposia and other programs, AICAD members have been exploring the intersections of climate change, racial justice, and arts and design for some years. Partnering with CCS for this Cumulus Conference on Design for Adaptation is a great way to continue this conversation globally.

CCS and AICAD invite scholars, designers, artists, and climate activists to submit papers and poster abstracts for consideration for input. Submissions can be made through the Cumulus website.

Key dates
Call for papers – February 7, 2022
Deadline for paper abstracts – March 14, 2022
Deadline for poster abstracts – April 25, 2022
Deadline for submission of full papers – May 23, 2022
Poster submission deadline – June 6, 2022
Camera-ready paper deadline – July 8, 2022
Deadline for Camera Ready Posters – July 8, 2022