Welcome to the Sheffield Design Week Design Symposium 2016.

This year the conference is a partnership with Sheffield Hallam University Architecture Department, and is part of the Catalyst: Festival of Creativity.

The symposium theme is ‘Design as Distributed Agency’. We claim that the ability to design and make change is always shared, and to extend the potential of this is important democratically. This starting point acknowledges that designers are operating in interdependent economic, social, political, technical and cultural networks. We also understand that the materials with which we design are not passive- they are acting on, with, and in response to our gestures and decisions as a designer.

We are interested in the process of design as one of making/ remaking/ repairing/ modifying/ hacking/ and crafting with others, both human and non-human. We consider those who design, occupy and use buildings, objects and spaces to have the potential to do so in creative and even subversive ways.

We are pleased to be able to offer FREE entry to the Symposium, please note you will have to book your tickets through the links below.