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Joanna Boehnert, 5.12., 20:30, Unibz

On Monday, 5.12., 20:30 in Unibz, F0.01 she talks about

Design / Ecology / Politics: Towards the Ecocene

Dr. Joanna Boehnert is a designer, researcher and activist with expertise on the visual communication of complex problems and the politics of ecological transitions. Her first book, titled Design/ Ecology/ Politics: Toward the Ecocene, will be published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2017… Read more

Design mediates social relations in a variety of ways.

Design practice must be informed by ecological theory.

The interests of powerful groups are manifest in design.


For this reason, attention to the political economy of design is a necessary part of creating conditions for regenerative design. With these ideas in mind, the Ecocene can propel the cultural change necessary to survive the Anthropocene. Read more



By Design or by Disaster 2016, 2-7 May @ unibz

Please visit the conference site for more up-to-date information:


I am happy to announce another issue of our conference series tackling Eco-Social Design. The focus of this years conference is ESSEN / ALIMENTARE / FOOD = also the annual topic of the Master in Eco-Social Design. We will have talks and workshops with Ezio Manzini, Christa Müller, OPEN STATE / POC21, Alastair Fuad-Luke and several other people engaging in developments and design for a livable future. The students of the Master will expose their works and do interventions.

More details to come. Stay up-to-date via our propaganda FB page, a lousy twitter account and the rare newsletter:

Presentation of MA Eco-Social Design & more

Wednesday, 14.10.2015 | unibz 4th floor in building F

14:00-17:00 Introduction to the Master in Eco-Social Design & presentations by all teachers of the winter semester 2015, and their relation to the annual topic /ESSEN/ALIMENTARE/FOOD/ with Prof. em. Adelheid Biesecker, Eco-Social Economics | Lisa Borgenheimer, Information Desig | Kris Krois, Visual Communication | Giorgio Laboratore, Design & Materials | Alvise Mattozzi, Sociology | Kuno Prey, Product Design | Werner Stefano Villa, Design & Digital Fabrication | Sabina Frei, Moderation and Participation (PDF)

The afternoon is composed by frontal presentations. While on Thursday morning a interactive workshop takes place, which is open for all teachers and students of the Master and on request (during the public event on Wednesday).

19:00 Brindisi / Tanz den Master

Full program (Public Google Doc)

Sociology for Eco-Social Design & more

The Faculty for Design and Art of unibz invited 6 candidates for the

Professorship in Sociology of culture and communication

with a focus on design and communication for eco-social transformation

5 of them are doing public lectures within the next two weeks (as part of the hearings). You are welcome to come, listen and see:

Monday, October 12 | 12:00-13:00 | Room F0.03
Prof. Petr JEHLICKA: Informal economies, everyday practices and quiet sustainabilities in designing eco-social transformations – Learning from the margins

Tuesday, October 20 | 12:00-13:00 | Room F0.03
Prof. Harald WELZER: De-Design. From expansive to reductive Modernity.

Wednesday, October 21 | 12:00-13:00 | Room F0.03
Prof. Gilles RECKINGER: Visualizing the Hidden. Perspectives for a Critical Social Science and Eco-Social Practice.

Friday, October 22 | 09:00-10:00 | Room D0.02
Prof. Cristina GRASSENI: Making Futures. Ethnographic engagements with sustainable citizenship design

Friday, October 22 | 12:00-13:00 | Room D0.02
Prof. Andreas METZNER-SZIGETH: re-designing human realities

MA Eco-Social Design starts on October. Apply until 8 July

MA_Eco-Social-Design_blogapply now or never — at least not this year. And help to spread the message to interested people and parties.

Read more about the Master in Eco-Social Design on its web page, the latest newsletter,  get updates and spread via FB + twitter.

Sustainable Greetings

Kris >< Krois

Interview zum Master in Eco-Social Design


Nina Kirst: Warum ist so ein Studiengang notwendig?

Kris Krois: Die Konsumorientierung bringt unsere Gesellschaft an ihre ökologischen und sozialen Grenzen. Es braucht neue Muster des Wirtschaftens und Lebens – und wir glauben, dass Designer hier eine wichtige Rolle spielen. Dabei geht es nicht in erster Linie um ökoeffizientere Produkte, sondern um Lebensstile, Werte und Politik im weitesten Sinne.

Weiter geht’s im kompletten Interview im Page Magazin.