Alternative Studios – LearnXdesign 2019 Track – Call for case studies and papers


2019 LearnXdesign Conference. Ankara, Turkey. 9-12 July 2019

Full paper submission deadline: 10 December 2018

Call for papers on website:

Template for submission: DRSLXD19_Paper_Template_Sept-26(1)

Submission link: To be confirmed

About the conference

This conference is part of the Design Research Society’s Pedagogy Special Interest Group (PedSIG) and the event always attracts a really engaged community of design educators from around the world.

For the 2019 conference, we are organising a track on Alternative Studios, bringing together interesting and current studio practice from around the world. The plan is to share case studies of interesting studio practice to inform an update of the understanding of what a contemporary design studio is.

So if that sounds interesting then consider submitting a short or long case study or paper to our track.

Details of the track can be found on the conference website and below. Details on submissions will follow but in the meantime the conference paper template can be found here or here DRSLXD19_Paper_Template_Sept-26(1)

LearnXdesign Conference 2019 – Track 01 – Alternative studios – Call for Papers

Contemporary higher design education is making increasing use of online, digital and distributed studios to augment, or even replace, physical (or proximate) studio space. In part this is due to increasing pressures on resources but it is also in response to increasing professional and practical uses of online and digital tools. Both have been enabled by developments in online technologies and their associated adoption as broader socio-technical tools.

The body of scholarship and knowledge around such ‘alternative studios’ has grown steadily but slowly over the past decades. Very often it is scholarship, small-scale projects, and case study-based work that contributes knowledge. Whilst this is valuable, especially to practitioners and teachers, it can often be at the expense of studying deeper ideas and themes. In particular, basic questions around how alternative studio pedagogy differs (if at all) from proximate studio pedagogy, are very often answered superficially or not addressed at all.

The track proposes to bring together researchers, practitioners and educators involved in alternative studios to share knowledge, cases and consider deeper themes of these as a pedagogical mode in art, design, architecture and engineering education. This will be one of the earliest gatherings of experts to focus only on alternative studios as a specific mode of design education and a further intention would be to initiate the emergence of an international community whose interests centred around this particular research area. This track would like to explore, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • – Review of definitions (or frameworks) and meanings of alternative studio ‘spaces’, for example: proximate, physical, virtual, online, distance, social, dispersed, mobile, etc.
  • – Studies and work on the differences and similarities between proximate and virtual studios.
  • – Research into the affordances and affect in online and distance studios.
  • – Intersections between social media technologies and online studios.
  • – The boundaries of what an online studio is –technically, socially, professionally, and educationally.
  • – Theories of the pedagogy of alternative studios.
  • – Scholarship of alternative studios: case studies; learning and teaching design; practice based theory(ies).
  • – Intersections between professional and educational online and distance studios –similarities, differences, modes and methods.
  • – Alternative studio modes and uses with a relevance to design pedagogy and practice or studio theory.


Papers of  3-5000 words are invited and we are particularly interested in case studies of studios, studio practice, and studio curriculum/education.

Good guidance on case studies can be found in Bolng (2010), Smith (2010), and Howard (2011):

Boling, E. (2010) ‘The Need for Design Cases : Disseminating Design Knowledge The Need for Design Cases : Disseminating Design Knowledge’, International Journal of Designs for Learning, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 1–8 [Online]. DOI: 10.14434/ijdl.v1i1.919.

Howard, C. D. (2011) ‘Writing and Rewriting the Instructional Design Case : A View from Two Sides Writing and Rewriting the Instructional Design Case : A View from Two Sides’, International Journal of Designs for Learning, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 40–55 [Online]. DOI: 10.14434/ijdl.v2i1.1104.

Smith, K. M. (2010) ‘Producing the Rigorous Design Case’, International Journal of Designs for Learning, vol. 1, no. 1 [Online]. DOI: 10.14434/ijdl.v1i1.917 (Accessed 1 August 2018).