Category Archives: sustainability and social innovation

Building Gravity: On Gravity in Architecture, Urban Development and Utopia

PROTOCOL Magazine’s recent issue (No. 8) showcases a variety of original works brought together under the theme of “the ground”. In their contribution “Building Gravity” Fernando Luiz Lara* (Austin University of Texas) and Tom Bieling** discuss the concept of “gravity” not exclusively related to the … Continue reading

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Schrottküche

[English Version below!] Welche Roh- und Wertstoffe befinden sich in unseren mobilen Geräten? Unter welchen Produktionsbedingungen sind diese Geräte entstanden? Wie verhält es sich um ihren Lebenszyklus und das Leben nach ihrem Gebrauch? Im Rahmen der Code Week übt ein Team aus … Continue reading

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Design as Radical Labour (Interview with Tom Bieling)

NewPractice (Issue One) on ‘Design as Radical Labour’ includes an interview with Tom Bieling about social, cultural and political dimensions of Design. Find the entire interview here!  

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Ivan Illich: A brief Introduction

Since many of his thoughts and works are still very present in our discourses, we would like to share a brief introduction with some background information about Ivan Illich, we found online:

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New Book: The History of Sustainable Design

click to enlarge! The new publication ‘Die Geschichte des nachhaltigen Designs‘ (= The History of sustainable Design) by Karin-Simone Fuhs, Davide Brocchi, Michael Maxein & Bernd Draser (Hrsg.) contains a contribution by Design Research Lab‘s Tom Bieling, Florian Sametinger and Gesche … Continue reading

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Community Infrastructuring

Communities can be understood as forms of active engagement, collaboration and knowledge sharing which create new social bonds and be regarded as catalysts for social innovation and participation. The community infrastructuring research group (Florian Sametinger, Jennifer Schubert, Andreas Unteidig, Malte … Continue reading

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Radio Interview (Tom Bieling, Multicult FM, 24 October 2012)

Tom Bieling talks about the Project DESIGN IN(G) SOCIETY in this Radio Interview (Language: German). To listen or download the Interview click here! Or “watch” it on Youtube: For further Infos on the project click here! Project DESIGN IN(G) SOCIETY In the winter semester 2012/13, a … Continue reading

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Manzini on Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability

We already mentioned Ezio Manzini quite a lot. Here is another one of his talks (from 2010):   Ezio Manzini-Keynote: Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability from Interaction Design Association on Vimeo.

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Touching new ways of commincation for 2012 and beyond….

Dear friends Liebe Freunde Caras amigos A healthy, successful and happy 2012 to all of you (especially those we haven’t met this year)! Euch allen (insbesondere denen, die wir in diesem Jahr leider nicht treffen konnten) sowie einen sicheren Rutsch … Continue reading

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Conference Review: Sustainability in Design NOW! (Bangalore/India 2010)

We recently attended the Sustainability in Design: NOW! Conference in Bangalore/India. The Conference was promoted and organized as the concluding event of the EU funded LeNS project, which aims at the development and diffusion of design for sustainability in design … Continue reading

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Ramia Maze on social Inno

After Dr. Ramia Maze could unfortunately not attend personally the last DRNetwork Forum, she did an interesting online presentation. I am not sure, if that video will be uploaded on DRNetwork, so in substitute i post her recent talk on … Continue reading

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