Proposed Workshop/Conference

An outline discussion document by John Wood
unpacking metadesign 3D modeling

Underlying Theme

Climate change (and how Metadesigner practices might contribute to the challenges
SUGGESTED TITLE - A RELATIONAL DESIGN WORKSHOP - organised by the Metadesigners Network

Purpose of Workshop

  1. To cultivate existing interest in metadesigning from Goldsmiths students.
  2. To use these opportunities to develop metadesign methods
  3. To apply these methods and subsequent findings in a practical way.
  4. To accept the offer of sponsorship from The Unity of Faiths Foundation.
    • This is a non-religious and apolitical charity with a keen interest in education-focused innovation (including our work).


  1. October 2018?
  2. November 2018?


  1. 2-days of active and creative work sessions that are designed to deliver practical, workable outcomes.
    • i.e. unlike standard academic conferences, in which papers are produced for 'research' viable publication.
  2. Each individual would 'face-to-face' with every one else (over the first 2 hours), then work in one of four teams.
  3. The ideas would then be combined, systematically, with other ideas to find new possibilities.
  4. These new possibilities (i.e. potential outcomes) would be handed over to practical implementation teams (after the workshop)


As this would be a outcomes-centred event it does not need a public, auspicious (expensive), central location.

  1. Suggested: Goldsmiths campus in New Cross SE146NW (n.b. Prof. Mike Waller is keen to support this venture)
  2. Perhaps in the Hexagon Room? (if it's big enough)
  3. If not, perhaps in the Main Hall?
  4. Perhaps in the Goldsmiths Design Department's MA space at Lewisham College


  1. Post-grads (total number of MA students=100)
  2. Active participation of special guests up to 50
  3. Ourselves as metadesigners (10-ish?)
  4. Absolute upper limit of 150 active participants.

Suggested Guests



Organs of The Living Conference

A - The Mouth

  • Nourishing the organism | (re)Languaging | Making things legible

B - The Head

  • Envisioning | Planning ahead | Taking stock

C - The Arms and Legs

  • Action | Moving around | Getting things done

D - The Senses

  • Sensing | Attuning without judging or interpreting | Feeling |


s1) (D-B) - new synergies team 1

s2) (A-B) - new synergies team 2

s3) (B-C) - new synergies team 3

s4) (C-A) - new synergies team 4

s5) (C-D) - new synergies team 5

s6) (D-A) - new synergies team 6



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