Universitas Katolik Parahyangan & Nenun Ruang


Representation in Creative Pedagogy: The arts, humanities and design


Part of the Conference New Schools of Thought.

Track Call

The role of ‘representation’ in teaching and learning goes beyond the mere static depiction of facts, projects or information. It has a dynamic role in fostering creativity in the learning process itself. It functions as a bridge, not only between theoretical concepts and tangible creations but also between the knowledge shared by educators, students and practitioners. It is central to various disciplines, perhaps most obviously in the arts and design where it is taught as a stand-alone subject, but also in other fields where the visualization and communication of ideas, data and methods are central to teaching, learning and professional success.

Reflecting, this scenario, this call seeks to explore the various facets of representation across disciplines. The starting point is our interest in architecture and design, but our enquiry seeks to understand how our disciplinary concerns overlap with others. On that basis, we ask educators, creatives, practitioners, and theorists to consider representation and communication in the context of their disciplines and usual mediums: diagrams, drawings, models, videos, photography, computer generated graphics, virtual reality, storytelling, embodied movement, text books, real-world projects and more.

Here at the Universitas Katolik Parahyangan (UNPAR) and Nenun Ruang, an educational hub dedicated to architecture, design, and crafts, we are particularly interested in representation examined through practical and conceptual lenses. Examples of questions we would like to ask include, but are not limited to:

Representation as Dialogic Pedagogy: How representation tools facilitate dialogue, ideas, creativity and collaborative learning? Methodologies of Representation: How specific tools shape perceptions, influence decision-making, and pave unique paths in a student’s learning? Ethics and Responsibility: What are the ethical issues involved in how we represent facts, knowledge and projects? Empowering Big Data for Design Education: How does machine learning transforms data into knowledge and creative insights through visualization? Analogue Craft in a Digital Age: What is the contemporary significance of analogue techniques like sketches, drawings, and physical models in the age of computer generated visualization? Crafting Realities Visually:  Design Representations: How the use of video, film, photography, photogrammetry, virtual and augmented realities and more, generate interactive learning environments?.

Key Words:

Representation, Design, Arts, Medias, Architecture, Tools of Learning.


Part of the Conference New Schools of Thought.

Universitas Katolik Parahyangan, Indonesia

This track develops themes central to the teaching ethos at the Universitas Katolik Parahyangan and Nenun Ruang.


The Universitas Katolik Parahyangan, Indonesia, is one of the oldest and most prestigious private universities in Indonesia, located in Bandung. It was founded in 1955. The conference team is based in the department of Architecture in which graduates are expected to have strong professional skills, global awareness, and ethical, ecological, cultural, and local sensibilities in their architectural work.

Collaborating with the university on the conference is Nenun Ruang, an educational hub dedicated to architecture, design, and crafts. They seek to promote architecture and its education in Indonesia

Key people:

The key partners for this conference the at the Universitas Katolik Parahyangan and Nenun Ruang are:

Caecilia Srikanti Wijayaputri. Lecturer at Universitas Katolik Parahyangan (UNPAR)

David Hutama. Co-Founder at Nenun Ruang

Yenny Gunawan Head of Research and Design Development at Center for Adaptation and Resilience Environmental Design Studies (CAREDs) at Universitas Katolik Parahyangan & co-founder of Nenun Ruang

New Schools of Thought – Critical Thinking & Creative Teaching

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