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

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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

10.6. @ unibz: Serge Latouche: Growth is the Problem, not the Solution

Serge Latouche is a fore-thinker of degrowth. The French economist / social scientist / philosopher / activist speaks in at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano on the campus Brixen-Bressanone, next wednesday, 10th of July, 18:00-20:00, Aula Magna


If you don’t know Latouche and get a taste:

What is degrowth?By „degrowth“ we understand a downscaling of production and consumption in the industrialized states that increases human well-being and enhances ecological conditions and equity on the planet.” read on in “What does “degrowth” mean to us?“. This fits well to our upcoming Master in Eco-Social Design, which is not only about more eco-efficient products and services, but is striving for more social good and good life with less material goods. More about the Master.

The lecture and discussion will be in Italian language.It is organized and moderated by Prof. Susanne Elsen.

Professorship in Sociology (closed)

Preliminary Request for Expressions of Interest*:

In 2016 we will  set up a new professorship in Sociology*. We are looking for a sociologist, who wants to engage in transdisciplinary collaborations with designers in the context of eco-social transformation. Teaching will happen in our project-oriented study programs, among others in the Master in Eco-Social Design (Glocal Design).

Requirements: habilitation (or equivalent) and/or professorship (or equivalent position). For more information please get in contact with us.

* after approval of the responsible bodies the formal call will be published

Guest Lecture | 8.5. | unibz: Diverse Economies and Alternative Spaces

8.5. | 10.00 – 12.00 | unibz | Campus Brixen | Aula 1.50
Prof. Giorgos Gritzas & Prof. Karolus Kavoulakis
Diverse Economies and Alternative Spaces. An Overview of Approaches and Practices

image of an installation of Oliver Ressler

image of an installation of Oliver Ressler

Die beiden griechischen Wissenschaftler befassen sich in Theorie, Forschung und Praxis mit verschiedenen Möglichkeiten und alternativen Formen des Wirtschaftens vor dem Hintergrund der multiplen Krise insbesondere im südeuropäischen Raum sowie mit alternativen Bewegungen.
Ins Zentrum rücken informelle Ökonomien, lokale Subsistenzformen, nicht monetärer Tausch, Genossenschaften, neue Wirtschaftskreisläufe und innovative Wege der Nahrungsbeschaffung, die Lebenszusammenhänge stärken, zur lokalen Entwicklung beitragen und Antworten auf neue Armut in Europa darstellen.

Diskussion und Moderation: Prof. Susanne Elsen

Glocal Design Spring 2015

March 27–28, Bolzano, Italy / transdisciplinary convention on

/ transformative actions, design & research
\ local developments & global contexts
/ design as a catalyst of change

in preparation of the Master in Glocal Design.


\ Christa Müller / Aral Balkan \ Lucas Evers / Doina Petrescu \ Brave New Alps /
Armin Bernhard \ Günter Reifer / Kathrin Böhm \ AKRAT / Susanne Elsen \ Sebastian Schütz \ Anna Seravalli

(to be confirmed)

organized by
Kris Krois

at the
\ Faculty of Design and Art / Free University of Bolzano-Bozen

/ Synopsis (PDF)
\ conference web site and registration coming soon
/ updates via Facebook & Twitter

28.5. 16:00 Brixen: Klimawandel in der Alpenregion

Prof. Dr. Cordula Kropp, Umweltsoziologin, München

Klimawandel in der Alpenregion – Wie können Gemeinden aktiv werden?


Cordula Kropp ist eine der bekanntesten Umweltsoziologinnen im deutschsprachigen Raum.
Im Rahmen dieser Veranstaltung stellt sie Ergebnisse von Feldstudien in Bayern, Südtirol und Nordtirol vor. Cordula Kropp orientiert sich in ihrer Forschungs- und Entwicklungsarbeit konsequent an den Leitbildern einer transformativen Wissenschaft, die in demokratischen, transparenten und partizipativen Formen Wissen für die ökosoziale Transformation generiert.
Neben zahlreichen Publikationen und Projekten ist sie als Expertin in verschiedenen politischen und wissenschaftlichen Kommissionen in Deutschland und Europa tätig.

Diese Veranstaltung ist offen für Studierende aller Studienstufen und Fakultäten.
Als Veranstaltung der offenen Universität sind alle interessierten Bürgerinnen und Bürger eingeladen.

16:00-17:30 | Raum 2.60 | unibz | Campus Brixen

Organisiert von Susanne Elsen.

Marianella Sclavi: E' come fare la piadina | 01.04. 19:00

Tuesday the 1st of April there will be a new By Design or By Disaster Talk.
We will have the chance to talk about facilitation, design and creative co-design with Marianella Sclavi, who studies and teaches Listening as a Craft and Conflicts’ Creative Management.
She will talk about these topics from her experiences, on one hand, as coordinator of many co-design projects developed in collaboration with many Italian municipalities, on the other as an ethnographer. It will be, then, the occasion to see how a knowledge coming from social sciences and a knowledge coming from design can work together to promote participation.

Marianella Sclavi, “E’ come fare la piadina”


21.3: Welche Schönheit wird die Welt retten?

Zygmunt Bauman in a conversation with Agnes Heller
21.3. 2014 18.00 Aula Magna Bozen | unibz
I found Baumann’s book Liquid Modernity enlightening for its precise and critical observations of contemporary globalized and industrialized society. Not exactly positive. Therefore, i am very curious to hear about the idea how beauty can save the world. Sounds as if there was hope ;)

I do not know much about Agnes Heller, but let’s see …