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Signature of the Kyoto Design Declaration

Signature of the Kyoto Design Declaration

From the 28th to the 31st of March the International Design Conference Cumulus Kyoto 2008 held by Cumulus and by Kyoto Seika University will take place. Cumulus is an international association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media.

During this conference L’École de design Nantes Atlantique - together with the 123 other Cumulus members - will sign the 2008 Kyoto Declaration.

The signature will take place the 28th of March, in the Kyoto International Conference Centre*. The Kyoto International Conference Centre is highly symbolic place as it is precisely where in 1997 the Kyoto Protocol for the reduction of Greenhouse gas emissions was signed.

By signing the Kyoto Design Declaration, the members of Cumulus commit to sharing the global responsibility for building sustainable, human-centred and creative societies. In doing so, Cumulus also obtained the noteworthy support of the Bureau of European Design Associations (BEDA), the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID), EIDD (European Institute for Design and Disability) and AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts).

The signature of the Kyoto Design Declaration will be the highlight of the Conference whose theme is [Cu :]"emptiness" Resetting Design - A New Beginning. Inspired by the Eastern concept of [Cu :] meaning “emptiness” the aim of the conference is to restructure the meaning of design towards a new future. Specialist educators and experts on current state-of-the-art design will review the role of contemporary design and present various alternative perceptions of future possibilities.

Cumulus members, as well as registered designers, scholars, researchers, and design students will be participating in various forums, seminars and workshops on such subjects as Corporate Design, Sustainable Design, Educational Exchange...

In addition, the forty-three student projects prized in the international contest “Design for Happiness" will be displayed in an exhibition. Among these award-winning projects : "Parenthèse", an advanced first-aid station to be used in emergency situations designed by Élodie Blanchard, who won the first prize in the "Safety" category. Élodie Blanchard graduated from L’École de design Nantes Atlantique in 2007.

For information about the events reserved for Cumulus members and other registered participants see :

What is Cumulus ?

Cumulus is a non-profit organization of 124 institutions of art, design and media, from 41 countries all around the world. The association is the only one in the world to serve art and design education and research. Cumulus is a forum for partnership and transfer of knowledge and best practices. Members can propose conferences, workshops and projects among members and with industry, business and other partners. Cumulus offers also projects for members. Members can organize mobility, do research collaboration, and keep on working on a topic in specific Cumulus working groups that meet annually. Members can also only observe and learn from the others through the events and Cumulus Working Papers.

Exhibitions and shows are an important tool to tell the others of the meaning of art and design in the world. Good examples are Cumulus European Ways of Life EWOL exhibitions in 2002 in Louvre Paris and in Korea, and 2006 in Nantes France as well as some other smaller exhibitions. Cumulus can act as an umbrella for any need as for art, design and media education and research. Cumulus is active in collaborating also e.g. through European Union funding with other global partners like EU-Latin America programme Alfa, Culture2000, Erasmus, Leonardo, Erasmus Mundus, FP7 research programme but also based on bilateral national cooperation programmes.

Christian Guellerin, Managing Director of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, has been President of the Cumulus association since June 2007.