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Cultural Knowledge and the Healthy Society: A Research & Innovation Summit

Mon, Nov 23/09 – 11:45am to Wed, Nov 25/09 – 11:45am

The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design is pleased to support OCAD’s groundbreaking international health and design summit November 23-25, 2009, exploring the ways in which art, design and cultural knowledge are important to the health and well-being of the public at large.

Cultural Knowledge and the Healthy Society: A Research & Innovation Summit was born of the belief that adding the knowledge and insights from design, cultural industries and creative/artistic research to health research will lead to a more effective system of health care and prevention as well as foster technological innovation.


This 2-day summit will bring together leading thinkers in Canada and internationally in the areas of design, art/creative research, cultural industries, health, humanities, social science, architecture, science and engineering to explore the possibilities of this interdisciplinary collaboration.


Interested in how design can help us understand mental health? What about how design thinking can direct health research to better outcomes in rehabilitation research? How about what happens when artists and designers seek to chart patterns of psychosis? And how design research is important to successful health technology adoption? And then there’s the space of medical visualization, ripe with myriad of collaborative possibilities among artists, designers, social scientists and medical researchers of all fields.


This summit opens November 23 at 7:30pm with a keynote presentation by Dr. Roger Ulrich, Professor of Health Facilities Design at Texas A&M University, and who is recognized as the founder of evidence-based healthcare design.


Registration is free:


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