Call for papers 2016-1

DESIGN AND LIFE QUALITY

The raise of industry was signed by the passive relationship of buyer and merchandise. Today, a dynamic is established between user and product, mediated by the acknowledgement of everyday needs; with it, the anonymous user that we are habituated to see at usability and anthropometry tables acquires the face of every one and each of the hundreds of vulnerable people that live at our cities within the many dimensions conformed by our lack of a clear vision of how are we going to dwell at this planet.

With the goal of giving a solution to the multiple needs that had been exposed by so many crisis at the beginning of the 21th century, design processes are changing significantly their view of man itself (and of the processes of investigation, innovation, and technology transference) aiming to the analysis of the complex problems faced by society today.

In between this transit to a better comprehension of our human nature and of the role played by design in the attention of the specific needs of the most vulnerable human, anthropologic, and identity factors, design processes break the traditional academic diagrams to make us reconcile with the communities and their troubles. This revision of the user’s particular conditions above the industrial production itself reclaimed the role of what we call Universal Design as a way of understand our craft to improve life quality of communities as a totality, including those that were at unattended situations of marginality and vulnerability, an equilibrium of social and individual approaches.

On this perspective, the preoccupation for achieving well-being for the social group has ceased to be an exclusive matter of altruisms and charities. Having conditions that support the bloom, growth and development of life, in its physical and spiritual character, is a challenge that allows the transformation of a basic conception of the design as a goods maker, to the approach to complex challenges that impact health and quality of life at communities. A task that demands answers from an interdisciplinary approach and its implicit knowledge transfer.

Even though the inclusion of needs exposed by communities at the design workshop has turned into a crucial formation axis with a growing academic presence, this call for paper of our journal seeks to present to our readers the need to face not only real needs extracted from our contexts, but to think the input that we as designers do to the development of life in sceneries of quality and health.

This editorial initiative seeks to gather texts product of investigation processes as a contribution to the construction of a new perspective guided by Universal Design that allows new approaches to the subject of life quality at diverse human surroundings, but, principally, founding firm grounds to approach accessibility, equity, inclusion and participation from a disciplinary specialty that retakes the idea of a dignified life for the social construct.

General conditions

In its multidisciplinary tradition, MasD invites all academics and researchers to contribute with their research results and thoughts on this subject, with the hope of gathering enough diversity of perspectives, mutually enriching. Original research, review and reflection articles will be accepted with a maximum length of 8,000 words.

The submitted texts had to comply with the majority of aspects defined at the authors guidelines at http://masd.unbosque.edu.co/sobre-masd

Any questions can be made to the email: editormasd@unbosque.edu.co

Papers deadline: 02 de Diciembre de 2015.