By Design or by Disaster: Make work work!

Geschrieben am 08.02.2017
Kategorie(n): ARCH+ news, Konferenz, Bozen, Bolzano

Conference 10.–11.3.2017: Faculty of Design and Art, 39100 Bolzano BZ

Mit Brave New Alps (IT, Rovereto / UK Leeds), Studio Polpo (UK, Sheffield), Raumlabor (DE, Berlin), Isacco Chiaf (IT, Tourin), Friederike Habermann (DE), Armin Bernhard (IT, Obervinschgau)


By Design or by Disaster

What are existing and emergent Eco-Social Design practices? How do they sustain livelihoods and encourage sustainability transition? DoD17 brings together inspiring practitioners to understand how to do better! Cases, best practices, strategies and ways to develop, manage and maintain Eco-Social Design practices that are sustainable, also economically.

We understand Eco-Social Design as a diverse set of design practices and projects that want to contribute to a much needed transformation of the relations among humans and between humans and nature, in order to move towards more sustainable, non-alienated, resilient, just and equitable futures — both locally and trans-locally. However, in today’s economic and political landscape designers often struggle to keep their Eco-Social Design practices viable.

In this conference we explore what actors and support structures can economically sustain change-oriented design projects as well as long-term Eco-Social practices. We want to discuss this in the light of plausible and desirable futures of work in general — considering key drivers of change like progressing automation, demographic change and migration, put into perspective by alternative programs of progress like post-growth and Eco-Social transition.


alternative / emergent practices, collaboration, cooperation, organisation, management, fair business models, cooperative enterprises, social entrepreneurship, funding, fund raising, support structures, new institutional arrangements and alliances, alternative economies, commoning, diversification / mixed income strategies, networking, promotion, daring, trial & error, …


Students of design, design practitioners, design researchers, academics with a focus on sustainability-related issues, social enterprises, activists, citizens interested in sustainability


Included is the the 2-day conference ticket and catering during the breaks.

Students: Free

Folks with a decent income: 90 €

Organizers: Kris Krois & Students of the Master in Eco-Social Design




Brave New Alps (IT, Rovereto / UK Leeds): In their design practice Bianca Elzenbaumer and Fabio Franz work in the spirit of commoning and alternative economic cultures; along with it they do academic research and publish on these topics.


Studio Polpo (UK, Sheffield): Cristina Cerulli and Julia Udall can show economic links between work at university, commissions and grants. In Sheffield their studio is behind relevant eco-social initiatives – an inspiration for students and tutors alike (mixed economies, support structure for graduates).


Raumlabor (DE, Berlin): a network of 9 architects, behind many socially engaged initiatives, got an interesting way to deal with resources


Isacco Chiaf (IT, Tourin): finances his work in socially/politically engaged Visual Journalism by funding from foundations and co-operations with news publishers. He can talk about potentials and risks of such arrangements.


Friederike Habermann (DE): Post-growth alternative economies and cultures; on present and futures of eco-socially engaged work.


Armin Bernhard (IT, Obervinschgau) and partners of the Bürgerbeteiligungsgenossenschaft Mals cooperativa di communità for the sustainable development of Obervinschau, a remote valley in South Tyrol, which explores alternative routes of development and, therefore, funded a citizen cooperative to incubate and support eco-social enterprises. This goes along with Armin’s research at Sophia, a research institute for cooperation enterprising and social innovation.


(requested) Bas van Abel of Fairphone (NL, Utrecht Area): the Fairphone is designed to be more sustainable and produced as fair a possible. We want to know, how it was enabled economically and which are the key drivers and qualities in organisation, alliances, strategies and communication


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