A new conference for 27-31 March 2008 explores the critical function of design in a fraught world.
Modernism in design has suggested that formalism, functionalism and universalism can lead human beings to a more advanced stage --a state of material wellbeing, for example. Nowadays, however, we are confronted with grave social questions concerning issues such as environmental degradation, polarization of wealth, and the consequences of global mass consumption. In the Cumulus Kyoto 2008 conference, we will question the significance of design and designers' existence. We will promote discussion of the role and the mission of design and designers in relation to these critical humanitarian problems.