2013 IDA Congress Istanbul: Design Dialects

16 November 2013
17 November 2013
The theme is a metaphor for confrontation, conversation and collaboration to enable discourse.
Istanbul Technical University (ITU) is hosting the 2013 International Design Alliance Congress, which will take place in Istanbul (Turkey) over two days, from the 15-17 November 2013.


Under the theme “Design Dialects”, the congress will encourage a dialogue about the value of design-based collaboration between the disciplines of industrial design, communication design, interior architecture/design with government leaders, INGO's, business, science and technology, education and the social sciences.

The proposed theme is a metaphor for confrontation, conversation and collaboration to enable creation and exchange of discourses about, for and by design during the professional dialogues among its different agents. The unique culture and the congress theme will be weaved together to offer participants a stimulating programme and exciting social events.

Professional Programme

The two-day congress will be organised around sub-themes "Confrontation" and "Collaboration" with international keynote speakers, parallel sessions and panel discussions all focused on exploring controversial topics as a means to interdisciplinary collaboration.

For updates on the professional programme and list of speakers, visit the 2013 IDA Congress website.

Educational Conference

A one-day educational conference will take place on 15 November 2013.  The conference aims to function as a source of inspiration to start dialogue between different agents of design who speak the language of design with their own “dialects”. 

Professor Kalevi Ekman from Aalto University, Finland is confirmed as the opening keynote speaker on 15 November. Ekman’s educational focus is on integrated product development and collaborative development of consumer and investment goods, as it relates especially to engineering and industrial design viewpoints.

The conference, an open invitation to design academics all over the world to converse and collaborate as a part of the 2013 IDA Congress, received a total number of 261 abstracts from 48 countries.

Fair and Exhibition

2013 IDA Congress Istanbul Fair & Exhibition will be organised on 15-17 November in Istanbul Congress Center.

With 10,000 m² exhibition space at the Istanbul Congress Center and with 10,000 guests expected, the fair and exhibition will be a real showcase for the design industry and institutions.

For more information about the congress, please contact:

Istanbul Technical University, Department of Industrial Product Design

Allison DaCosta
Icsid Project Manager
IDA Congress
t: +1 514 448 4949 ext: 235

For more information about the education conference, please contact:
Ms. Miray Boğa, Education & Research Conference Secretariat

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