Living Labs Presents ADB3 2018

Discovery Foundation Art, Design, Business Speaker Series

This fall, hear the stories of six entrepreneurs, designers and tech pioneers who’ve put together wildly successful startups, worked with top companies, and developed new and incredible products and business models. This series of guest lectures brings together a phenomenal breadth of experience in entrepreneurship practices, with a focus on the creative sector.

Room C4245, 520 East 1st Ave.
Mondays at 4:30 pm – All Welcome!

These lectures are free; a limited number of seats are open to current students, industry practitioners and alumni. The speaker series is produced in partnership with the Discovery Foundation through the Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship.

Haig Armen, Creative Director, LiFT Studios: Value Proposition Design
4:30 pm, September 17, 2018

Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber, Executive Director, League of Innovators: Business Model Canvas
4:30 pm, October 1, 2018

Ian Bell, Co-Founder, Rosterbot: Pitching
4:30 pm, October 15, 2018

Amanda Downs, Director of Communications, 1QBit: Brand Storytelling
4:30 pm, November 5, 2018

Paulina Cameron, Director, Futurpreneur: Funding
4:30 pm, December 3, 2018

ADB3 (Art, Design, Business) is part of Living Labs’ newly established Discovery Foundation Mentorship Program. The program engages experts in business,technology, interaction design, industrial design, and materials-based research in order to transfer knowledge to emerging entrepreneurs who demonstrate the desire and capability to establish technology companies in BC, particularly in the connected devices space between hardware and software. By bringing experts from different backgrounds to the University, the program will build relationships and networks that can support students as they create, refine, and launch the next generation of technology-driven businesses and products.


Liminal Labs at the Triennale di Milano

Emily Carr University of Art + Design is pleased to announce its participation in the XXI International Exhibition of the Triennale di Milano this summer.

The XXI International Exhibition of the Triennale di Milano is hosted in Milan, Italy every three years and showcases international institutions working in fields of art, architecture, design, fashion and film. Innovation and 21st Century Design is this year’s Triennale theme and Emily Carr University — as a leader in innovation, research and design — has been invited to participate and create an exhibition and working studio space called Liminal Labs which will be situated within the “New Crafts” at the Triennale’s Fabricca del Vapore.

In the spirit of creativity and open innovation, Emily Carr University of Art + Design invites visitors at the Triennale to participate Liminal Labs, an experiment in how we collaborate: to not only think, but also to make. Traditionally a place for scientists to test hypotheses that lead to potential breakthroughs, this lab will address new ways of working collaboratively and creating collectively across multiple locations. Given the global challenges we face today — climate change and waves of economic downturn, to name a few — it’s clear that our social, economic and ecological systems are under unprecedented strain. We may not perceive to be in a state of distress but resting on our laurels may catch up with us sooner rather than later.

Fortunately, our hyper-networked world connects people from far and wide, yet we continue to work and create in isolation, in separate studios. Broad-based participation among distributed sites has the potential of expanding our pool of ideas, which in turn can increase the probability of finding transformative solutions to the elusive ‘wicked problems’.

Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, describes the shift from Industrial to Participatory systems as a means to design for many forms of value beyond wealth. He implies that it’s the way forward. Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody, calls the transfer of capabilities from various professional classes to the general public “epochal.” Emily Carr University will host a series of events, courses, and participatory workshops towards greater understanding of networked creative collaboration. The exhibit will fluctuate between a thinking and a making space, to one of presentation and display.

Every Liminal Lab project will be part of a distributed social experiment about how to develop collaborative processes and manage displacement. Projects will explore ways of mapping appropriate creative methods with network technologies; and will discover ways of prototyping and testing over various remote locations and manufacturing in multiple locals simultaneously.

Emily Carr University’s commitment to engagement in the XXI Triennale is driving our research principles of relevance and transformation through the following key research areas:

  • Sustainability
  • Health and Welfare
  • Material Inquiry and Critical Making
  • Emerging Media and Communication
  • Social Practice, Transformation, and Innovation in the Public Realm
  • Indigenous and Aboriginal Studies
  • New Models of Entrepreneurship

The Liminal Lab will exhibit work and create curricular activities from Emily Carr’s research centres of Material Matters, Clothing as Conversation, Living Labs, Stereoscopic 3D and Critical Making. Participants engaging in Liminal course activities will be actively seeing collaboration and partnerships with other exhibits located through the New Craft Pavilion.

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Lead Researchers
Haig Armen, Interaction Design, Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media; Senior Researcher, Living Labs
Hélène Day Fraser, Industrial Design, Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media; Lead Investigator, Material Matters
Keith Doyle, Industrial Design, Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media; Lead Investigator, Material Matters

Catalogue Design
Laura Kozak, Living Labs

XXI Triennale di Milano
Design after design
April 2 – September 12, 2016

The Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship

A new model for entrepreneurship and economic development that is centered in art and design and conducive to collaboration across art, design, social innovation, media, business and technology.

The Shumka Centre fosters the movement of creative people into systems and situations where their work and ideas have the most impact. The Shumka Centre is a project of Living Labs.

UBC Family Medicine Partnership

The Health Design Lab is very pleased to announce a new partnership with the Department of Family Practice at UBC on an exciting new project aimed at providing software support tools for family doctors in their clinical practice.

Advancements in HFR, S3D, UltraHD and the immersive experience

The S3D Centre is a national centre of excellence dedicated to advancing the art and technology of stereo 3D, advanced imaging and immersive media topics through applied research, skills development and event outreach.



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