Summer School for Sustainable Design

01/04/2010 By Marco Kusumawijaya

SummerSchoolforSustainableDesignwilltakeplacebetweenthe30.Augustandthe4.SeptemberinGermany,inacloisterveryclosetoCologne.

Theinitiatorsare:WuppertalInstitute(www.wupperinst.org),ecosign(Academyforecologicdesign,www.ecosign.net),FolwangUniversity(www.folkwang-uni.de/),LuzernUniversity(i.a.).

YoucanfindinformationaboutthelastSummerSchoolhere: http://www.designwalks.org/

Wearelookingforalecturer,thatcouldrun/leadtheworkshop“UrbanCreativeLifeworlds”,thatwilltakeplaceonSeptember,the1st.intheframeoftheSummerSchool.

Ifyouhaveanideaaboutsomeone,whocancombinetheoreticalcompetenceswithpracticalexperiencesinthisfield,pleasecontactme:Everyinformationiswelcome.

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UrbanCreativeLifeworlds

Thefirstcitieswerefoundedabout5000yearsago.Sincethen,citiesarefunctioningascentersofcultural,economicandcreativegrowth.Thesizzlingurbanlifestyleshowevergrowintheurbanperipheries,withinflexibleandinformalnetworks.Throughoutthe19thcentury,urbandevelopmentwascloselylinkedtoindustrialization;thelastdecadesofdeindustrializationhoweverareachallengeformanycitiesliketheformerUS-motorcityDetroitortheurbanRuhrregion(“RuhrMetropolis”).Atthesametimethischallengecanbeachanceforasustainabledevelopmentofcities–andperipheries.Participation,networksandcreativityaredecisivefactorsforsuchchallenges.

The“RuhrMetropolis”adjacenttoourvenue,isamodelforthesestructuralchangesofurbanlifeworlds; remarkableeffortshavebeenmadetofacethechallenges.ThisiswhyithasbeenrewardedasEurope’sCulturalCapitalfor2010,followingthemaxim“CulturethroughChange,ChangethroughCulture”.

Thereare,however,stillmanyquestionstobeanswered:Howcanthesocialandeconomicproblemsbetransformedintonewandmoresustainablesolutions?Whatislabour,whatisleisure,whatisacitizeninthepost-industrialage?Howcancreativitybeenhanced?Howcanwetakeadvantageofthecreativeforcesofurbanperipheries?Whataretheperspectivesofurbanlifeinthefuture?

Ourworkshopwilldevelopnewconceptsofurbanity,andcreativesolutionsforfuturesustainablelifeworlds.Justtheappropriatechallengeforsustainabledesigners!Theworkshopwillprovideyouwithdiverseperspectivesfromtheorytoreal-lifeprojects.Wewillgofivestepstogainresults:

1.    Analyzingurbanlivingenvironmentsanddiscussingtheirstructures,urbanphenomenaandproblems,artificialandnaturalenvironments,cultureandnature,creativityandtransversality,andlookingatthecityasasystemdependingoninteractionwithitsecological,social,cultural,andemotionalenvironment.

2.    Immersingintoareal-lifeprojectofturninganormalurbanenvironmentintoacreativelifeworldtoexplorenewandsustainablewaysoflifestyles,urbanityandcreativity,openingaltogethernewanddifferentperspectives.

3.    Providingyouaspaceforyourcreativitytoshapenewideas,andtoapplythetheoreticalandpracticalinsightstoyourpersonalexperiencesandbackgrounds.Youwillshapevisionsofnewandsustainableurbanlifeworlds.

4.    Discussingandevaluatingyourideasandsketches,thinkingaboutconsequencesandrequirements.Thiswillbethereal-life-testforyourideas.

5.    Presentingyourworkresultstotheotherworkshopsanddiscussingthemwiththewholesummerschoolgroup.

 

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