Urban Creative Lifeworlds
Workshop held by Bernd Draser and Davide Brocchi / ecosign - Akademie für Gestaltung
A Since the first cities were founded, they have been functioning as cultural, economic and creative hot spots. The sizzling urban lifestyles however grow in the urban peripheries, within flexible and informal networks. Throughout the 19th century, urban development was closely linked to industrialization; the last decades of deindustrialization are a challenge for many cities. Participation, networks and creativity are decisive factors for such challenges.
The “Ruhr Metropolis” adjacent to our venue, is a model for such structural changes; remarkable efforts have been made. This is why it has been rewarded as Europe's Cultural Capital for 2010, following the maxim “Culture through Change, Change through Culture".
But there are still questions to be answered: How can the social and economic problems be transformed into more sustainable solutions? What is labour, what is leisure, what is a citizen in the post-industrial age? How can creativity be enhanced? How can we take advantage of the creative forces of urban peripheries? What are the perspectives of urban life in the future?
Our workshop will develop new concepts of urbanity, and creative solutions for future sustainable lifeworlds. Just the appropriate challenge for sustainable designers! We will go five steps to gain results:
1. Analyzing urban living environments, discussing their structures, looking at the city as a system of interactions.
2. Immersing into a real-life project of turning a normal urban environment into a creative lifeworld.
3. Providing you a space for your creativity to shape new ideas, and to apply the new insights.
4. Discussing and evaluating your ideas and sketches. This will be the real-life-test for your ideas.
5. Presenting your work results and discussing them with the whole group.
Workshop No. 3
Shaping a Sustainable Future
Workshop held by Nina Gellersen / HSLU Lucerne and Luzius Schnellmann / HSLU Lucerne
Design is about shaping the future. In the past our discipline dealt with creating new products to satisfy customer wants and commercial needs. Today, things are not that simple. If we are to take the responsibility of a designer seriously, we have to include more aspects such as ecological und social needs. This is what social design is all about: A holistic approach of putting human well-being at the centre.
Design thinking is a powerful tool for changing the world we are currently living in into a better future. By approaching an issue from different perspectives we come up with new ideas, which can help answering the following questions:
How could we disengage ourselves from being so focussed on material goods?
Which sources could be more fruitful instead?
Are the proposed solutions really sustainable?
And if so: How can we make them popular?
We are looking for everyday solutions that make a contribution in changing our lives for the better. By sharing our skills, knowledge and resources we – as designers, but also humans as a whole – are able to create something that is worth more than the sum of its parts. Ideally, the results of this workshop can be posted as a manifesto, manual or blueprint on platforms such as socialdesignsite.com, design21sdn.com, worldchanging.com, sustainable-everyday.net, seedmagazine.com or good.is.