Crafting futuristic E-textiles & Ansätze für eine nachhaltige Materialgestaltung

16.30 Introduction
16.45 Crafting futuristic E-textiles: A collaborative journey towards reimagining traditional skills and technology as we know it

Chhail Khalsa, E-textile-Designer, Ahmedabad, India
17.45 Ansätze für eine nachhaltige Materialgestaltung
Meri Zirkelbach, Hochschule Luzern, Schweiz
18.15 Questions & Answers
18.30 Apéro

Swiss Center for Design and Health
Ipsachstrasse 16, 2560 Nidau

Link for the Public Lecture:

Chhail Khalsa
Chhail Khalsa is an E-textile Designer, Design Researcher and the founder of Anuvad – An initiative to bridge futuristic e-textiles with traditional craft techniques. Anuvad, which means «Translation» in Sanskrit, is her brainchild, with its conception post her graduation at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. She is an alumina and ex-research assistant of Hochschule Luzern, Switzerland. Through Anuvad, Chhail confluences the competencies of a technical expert and a craftsperson to ideate, innovate and produce e-textiles. She has also created what is called a «Craft Collaboration Toolkit» – an ingenious toolkit that helps amalgamate the expertise of design researchers, designers, and craftsperson to enable effective collaboration. Through this project she created a novel woven circuit that currently has a patent pending. Chhail is also the receiver of awards and grants from various institutions; IKEA Foundation Switzerland, Creative Hub Switzerland, Förderpreis Master Design (awarded by Luzern Design and Hochschule Luzern), Lexus Design Award to name a few. Her work has been showcased at multiple international platforms including the Vienna Design Week, Fashion Tech Week New York, WearIt Berlin with the most recent being the Dutch Design Week. Chhail’s vision is for her work to decolonize, humanize e-textiles and support the evolution of traditional crafts.

Meri Zirkelbach
Meri Zirkelbach ist diplomierte Konservatorin/Restauratorin (Hochschule der Künste Bern), diplomierte Gestalterin Oberfläche (Schweizerische Textilfachschule), MA-Designerin (Hochschule Luzern) und Doktorandin. Seit 2019 ist sie für die Hochschule Luzern Design & Kunst als wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin unter Anderem in der Betreuung von Studierenden im Master Design tätig. Ihre Forschungsschwerpunkte liegen im Bereich der Kollaboration von Design und Wissenschaft und der Entwicklung neuer nachhaltiger Materialkonzepte. Ihr Fokus liegt in der Materialisierung vielfältiger Anwendungen. Die Masterarbeit «White Wood» in Zusammenarbeit mit der ETH Zürich wurde 2019 mit dem «Zeugin Designstiftungspreis» ausgezeichnet. Das neuartige holzbasierte Materialsystem führte zu einem gemeinsamen Patenteintrag und einer Publizität in Fachkreisen nachhaltiger Materialforschung. Aktuell erweitert sie die Masterarbeit im Rahmen eines Doktorats aus. Es thematisiert vielfältige und spekulative Materialexplorationen im Zusammenspiel von Materialtraditionen und entsteht mit dem Institut für Materialdesign der Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach und der Empa Dübendorf. 

Panel discussion on design and health

Prof. Dr. Minou Afzali and Dr. Jan Eckert in conversation; moderated by Prof. Dr. Arne Scheuermann. On the occasion of the Portes ouvertes of the Swiss Center for Design and Health in the summer 2022.

The Swiss Center for Design and Health will be present at the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences panel discussion «Towards Age-Friendly Healthcare.»

On Thursday, October 27, 2022, the discussion of the experts can be followed via live stream. Prof. Dr. Minou Afzali, Head of Research at the Swiss Center for Design and Health, will be present with the video input «How can design contribute to a more age-friendly primary health care?».

The inputs are already posted:

SSPH+ Summer School

Join us at the SSPH+ Summer School in Public Health Policy, Economics and Management. From August 25-27 we will run our course: Designing Health Care: Improving patient and staff safety through Evidence-based Design.

Invitation to the SCDH Open Day on Wednesday, 13 July 2022, 3 – 8 p.m.

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15.00/18.00 Welcoming ceremony
15.00/17.30/19.30 Guided tours through the future Living Lab
16.15 Panel: Who can be served by research at the interface of design and health?
15.30 to 20.00
Researchers present their projects
Dot, dot, comma, dash – Inclusive learning tool to introduce Braille
University geriatric medicine FELIX PLATTER – Optimization of interior design
Talking Pictures – Communication Aids for Patients and Caregivers
Dying Beds – An Interdisciplinary Perspective
Management of medication intake – An app as an assistant
Emulating impairments
Social robot
Games for young and old
Food service
19.30 Music