Community Now? The Politics of Participatory Design


The Design Research Lab and the DGTF (German Society for Design Theory and Research) are currently preparing an international symposium which  focusses on current social developments and participatory community projects in Germany and Israel. Participatns from all over will present and discuss their projects and explore how to promote processes of active participation and support a sustainable development of communities, their impact on policy making and on everyday life. The symposium is the closure of the two years research project “Community Now?” between Germany and Israel.

When: February 19th – 21st, 2015
Where: Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin

The program includes an opening evening with panel discussions and keynotes, followed by two days of keynote talks, presentations and workshops – accompanied by an exhibition around the Neighborhood Lab and a series of thematic walks.

Thursday, 02/19/2015
10:00-17:00 Preliminary workshop at the Neighborhood Lab, Mehringplatz 9
19:00 – Opening Ceremony | Inaugural speeches & short panel discussion with:
Daniela Schadt (Board member of the German-Israeli Future Forum DIZF and Germany’s First Lady); onfilly Kugelmann (Program Director of the Jewish Museum Berlin); Thomas Krüger (President of the German Federal Agency for Civic Education bpb); Michal Eitan (Dean at the Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design Jerusalem); Ezri Tarazi(Curator and Professor at the Bezalel Academy Jerusalem); Andreas Eberhardt (Director of the German-Israeli Future Forum DIZF);Gesche Joost (Head of the Design Research Lab, Berlin University of the Arts)

Night-Talk with
Hanno Rauterberg, Author and Journalist (ZEIT) and
Jesko Fezer (DGTF borad member, Professor at HfBK Hamburg)

Concert with Tal Balshai and Band

Friday, 02/20/2015 & Saturday, 02/21/2015
Avi Sabag (Musrara School & Musrara Mix Festival), Barbara Meyer (Director Schlesiche 27 Berlin), Daniela Schadt (Board of the German-Israeli Future Forum DIZF), Doug Schuler (Evergreen State College, Washington)

Talks and workshops:
Efrat Meyer (Yad Be Yad), Valentina Nisi & Mara Dionisio (Madeira Institute of Technology), Iva Cukic & Marko Aksentijevic (Miniytry of Space Beograd), Panayotis Antoniadis & Ileana Apostol (ETH Zürich), Leah Abir (Haifa Museum of Art), Karin Lücker (MadaMe Berlin), Michael Smith (Urban IxD Edinburgh); Myriel Milisevich, Henrik Lebuhn & Mira Thomsen (Neighborhood Satelites), Michelle Christensen & Florian Conradi (DGTF), Gilly Karjevsky (Glocal Neighborhoods)

Please register here:; Free admission.
Registration closes February 8th!

Programm details coming soon.


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