David Durling and Ken Friedman
The La Clusaz conference focused on four central themes:
1 philosophies and theories of design
2 foundations and methods of design research
3 form and structure for the doctorate in design
4 the relationship between practice and research in design
Participants presented findings, debated ideas, proposed benchmarks for the future development of the doctorate in design, and entered into dialogue on how to develop programs. The conference encouraged participants to interact, using each session as a genuine opportunity to confer. One important goal of the conference was establishing significant working relationships, research alliances, and partnerships among universities.
Barrie Evans, James Powell, and Reg Talbot
The DRS 1976 conference was held in Portsmouth. The proceedings were published by John Wiley in 1982. The following text is taken from the book cover:
Both the role and nature of design are changing. Developments within design and from society generally are leading to new opportunities for those traditionally outside the 'design community' to influence, in a creative way, what is designed. This changing scene and the novelty of many major design problems are altering the nature, and more especially the complexity, of designing. Awareness of potential major side effects of designs, both social and physical-such as pollution-, are adding a new dimension...
Robin Jacques and James Powell
The 1980 DRS Conference proceedings were published IPS Business Press Ltd. The following text is from the introduction of the printed volume:
The 1980 Conference of the Design Reserach Society (DRS) sought to explore further the relationships between design, science and method. In choosing this theme I was aware that as terms their meanings are anything but clear, and the relationships between them even less so. Both science and method have played a large part in design thinking over the past two decades or so, but to many the field is characterised by the arguments of the early years. Method has been, since the 1950's, the focus of the debate among design theorists about the nature of design and its processes. The antagonists have seen design 'method' 'methods' and 'methodology' as variously mechanistic, over-simplistic, joyless, or as denying the essentially creative nature of design.
Nigan Bayazit and Mine Inceoglu
This volume contains full texts of invited and submitted papers for the conference on "Architectural Design - Interrelations among theory, research and practice". The conference is organised jointly by "Design Research Society" and "Faculty of Architecture of Istanbul Technical University", and sponsored by "Turkish National Council foir Scientific and Technical Research".
Design Research Society
The 1973 Design Research Society Conference was held jointly with the Design Methods Group on 29-31 August 1973 at The Polytechnic of Central London. Papers were circulated as preprints before the conference. This volume is the list of those papers which are contained in five further volumes organised around the themes of the conference.
To explore the possibilities and problems of user participation in design the Design Research Society sponsored an international conference on Design Participation, in September 1971, which brought together a wide range of people whose interests overlap in this area. Topics covered by speakers at the conference included social technology, consumer interests, participation in planning, adaptable environments, design methods and computer aids for participatory design.