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Design is a critical competitive advantage in the 21st Century. It is a key to productivity, innovation and sustainability. Studies by the U.K. Design Council have shown that companies that practiced good design outperformed the Financial Times Stock Exchange Index by 200%.

To enhance Canada's long-term economic growth and improve our quality of life, top design researchers are working with private and public sector partners to conduct research in six key areas: Sustainability, Advanced Design Technologies, Fabrication, Interactive Technologies, Design Visualization and Simulation, and Visual Analytics.

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The Fourth i-Rec Student Competition: Architecture for Post-disaster Reconstruction
April 30 - October 25 2008 New Zealand; Montreal, Quebec

The i-Rec international student competition “Architecture for Post-disaster Reconstruction” is organized by grif (the IF Research Gorup of Université de Montréal) and the i-Rec network (Information and Research for Reconstruction). The competition has had excellent results in the past and is recognized for the high quality of its projects.

We invite undergraduate and graduate students to participate in this fourth edition of the competition. Please note that the following information can be downloaded from the i-Rec website:

Building abroad: Procurement of construction and reconstruction projects in the international context
October 23 - 25 2008 Montréal, Quebec

First call for papers

The IF Research Group (grif), in collaboration with i-Rec and the CIB, organizes the conference-workshop:

Building abroad: Procurement of construction and reconstruction projects in the international context.

The conference will be held at the Faculté de l’aménagement, Université de Montréal, Canada, October 23, 24 and 25, 2008.

All the information about the conference at:

Types of Chemical Analyzers and their Functions
March 5, 2008

What is a chemical analyzer?

Chemical analyzers determine the concentration of particular electrolytes, metabolites, proteins or drugs in samples of serum, urine, cerebrospinal fluid, plasma and other fluids of the body. They use technologies such as colorimetric testing, photometric, latex agglutination and ion selective potentiometry. Chemical analyzers are used in all kinds of labs, from the smallest clinics at your street to the highest leveled clinic labs. Most common applications of theses chemical, clinical analyzers monitor illnesses like diabetes, drug testing, and metabolic functions. There are many types of chemical analyzers including:

Automated analyzer

It is an instrument used in the medical laboratory designed to measure different chemicals and characteristics in some biotic samples with negligible assistance from a human. The automation of lab testing does not necessarily eliminate the need for human expertise because, the qualified medical and professional technologists must evaluate the results.

A blood chemistry analyzer

It is used to define components in the blood. You can use blood analyzer in forensic labs, medical labs, hospitals and people at home. This medical laboratory equipment has many functions like therapeutic monitoring of drugs, blood cell counts, blood type, checking the presence of antibodies and thyroid function, analyzing proteins, use of medicines illegally and monitoring of cholesterol and glaucoma patients at home.

Hematology analyzers

These analyzers are automated and specialized. They count red cells, platelets, and leukocytes in the blood. They also determine hematocrit levels and hemoglobin. They sample the blood, classify, quantify and define cell populations using both optical and electrical and procedures. The electrical analysis includes passing a thinned solution of the blood via an opening through which an electric current flows.

Biochemistry analyzer

An instrument that uses serum of centrifuged sample of urine or blood and puts reactions to measure various elements such as cholesterol, sugar, enzyme, and protein by reagents.

Immunoassay analyzer

Executes biochemical tests to measure precise proteins and other substances by their properties as antibodies or antigens that are purified. When these compounds' concentration, is too little to effect a measurable upsurge in turbidity when bound to antibody, you use more expertise ways. Immunoassays are extremely specific and sensitive.

The development of first-hand assays synchronizes with the advances in chemical analyzers. Analyzers for smaller laboratories are being customized by manufacturers, even for larger hospitals where there is a high volume of situations handled. Chemical analyzers will continue to offer a high degree of automation and increasing speed of testing.

Two Canadian Teams Chosen to Compete in Solar Decathlon 2009
January 25, 2008

Canadian universities will lead two of the twenty teams chosen to design and build a solar home for the 2009 Solar Decathlon competition. Organized by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the competition aims to promote development and adoption of solar powered housing, evaluating the projects’ architecture, energy efficiency, and livability.

Report Says National Design Strategy Needed to Stay Competitive
October 19, 2007

In the report, “Design as an Instrument of Public Policy in Singapore and South Korea,” the CDRN warns that other nations are putting significant resources into design promotion and research,

Douglas MacLeod, executive director of the CDRN, and one of the authors of the report, says: “As the key to productivity, innovation and sustainability, design constitutes a critical competitive advantage in the 21st century. Numerous other countries provide a striking contrast to Canada in the extent of their commitment to design quality and their support for design as an instrument of public policy.”

SFU interactive arts professor Rob Woodbury, the CDRN’s scientific director, agrees with the report. "Three things are needed for success. First, companies need to value design and make high-quality design choices. Second, nations need to value design education from kindergarten through to university. Third, industry, the design professions and schools must foster an interdisciplinary approach if good design is to become national innovation."

For a complete description, please visit the Asia Pacific website at

The report may be downloaded at:

Proceedings of July Sustainability Workshop
August 21, 2007

A workshop at the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo in Cambridge, Ontario on Friday, July 13 was held focusing on Sustainable Design Research in Canada. The intent of the meeting was to review current Canadian research and to develop a program of dissemination and promotion of this material. Approximately thirty researchers representing the Canadian Green Building Council, Natural Resources Canada, Neational Research Council and design schools from every region in Canada were present. The event was chaired by Brian Lilley, Sustainability Theme Leader for the CDRN. Podcasts and slides available online.

Master of Design Program Finally at Carleton!
April 23, 2007

Starting September 2007, the Carleton University School of Industrial Design is finally launching its Master of Design Graduate Program. The program will address current issues in design, and will provide students with an understanding and appreciation of design principles and processes, as well as preparing them for advanced work in the design industry. Students will work in the school’s new collaborative graduate studio space, and will have the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary work with students and faculty from diverse disciplines. Key areas of faculty expertise will include: advanced materials and manufacturing processes, advanced visualization, design and culture, design management, extreme environments, human-oriented design, product interaction design, sustainable design, and strategic design research. The two-year program is project-based with a strong theoretical focus, ending with a thesis project.

For more information about the program, please visit:

CDRN Board and Membership to Develop Sustainable Design Research Strategy
March 6, 2007

Through ongoing discussions with our board and membership, the CDRN is developing a design research strategy in the area of sustainable design. To this end we have produced a mapping of current research in this area.

All members are welcome to work with us in crafting this strategy.


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