A city’s commons are its material, spatial resources just as much as its intangible goods of information, knowledge, art, culture, or software. Commons only become usable via their concomitant, creative social processes—commoning. Practices of co-creation, co-production, and co-utilization open new business and creative fields of endeavors. For the debate, principles of the economy for the […] Read more – ‘StadtFabrik COMMONING Discussion’.
“Thackaras’s strategy is to bring together bottom-up initiatives with professional design competence to make change mass-scalable. The specific knowledge possessed by designers could turn many a grassroots initiative into a sizable movement.” Harald Gruendl John Thackara, thought leader for positive change through design, as well as author and director of the organization Doors of Perception, […] Read more – ‘StadtFabrik COMMONING Workshop with John Thackara’.
Discovering / understanding / designing sustainable lifestyles A project investigating sustainable lifestyles, carried out under the Sparkling Science program, supported by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy. CONTENTS OF “HOW SHOULD WE LIVE?” The “How should we live?” project deals with the question of how we can create our lifestyles in a way […] Read more – ‘Wie leben? How Should We Live? Results’.
at MAK DESIGN SPACE, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna from 8.2. 2016 The StadtFabrik is a “real-time” research laboratory for new professional fields with a focus on creative disciplines which aims to discover and highlight future potentials of cities in Digital Modernity. It will continue the approaches of the project 2051: Smart Life in the City, […] Read more – ‘IDRV hosting StadtFabrik [City factory]’.
Participatory design or co-design is both, a design stance, as well as a design strategy. Herein, potential future users are equally involved in some or all of the phases of the design process to create solutions to problems, together with “design experts”. The collaboration with the future users intends to pave the way towards […] Read more – ‘Circle 00010 (r=4): We are all Designers?’.
A project initiated by Harald Gruendl at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in 2014 with Oliver Kartak and students of the class for graphic design. How to cook in relation to a daily ecologically and socially fair amount of CO2-eq? A meat, fish or vegan meal, each corresponding to a combined value of 2.7 […] Read more – ‘World Meal – DinnerQuest’.
Friday, June 13 th, 07 pm at ‘das weisse haus’, Kriehubergasse 24-26, 4th floor, 1050 Vienna Designers are, in principle, part of a “courageous” profession: they are constantly searching for alternatives, bringing about new things through their creativity and treading unfamiliar paths. We have long known that the sustainable development of our society is only […] Read more – ‘Circle 00008 (r=4) Courage. Why don’t we design what we know?’.
How can you determine the climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions of an espresso machine using a hammer, a screwdriver and a kitchen scale? Switching between activist demands and subtle humor, Tools for the Design Revolution illustrates the role design can play in formulating a sustainable society based on global solidarity. Many barely noticed everyday objects have […] Read more – ‘Book Launch: Tools for the Designrevolution. Design Knowledge for the Future.’.
Opening: 12 MAY 2014, 06.30 pm MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna The Institute of Design Research Vienna has over the past few months supported the MAK in the development and implementation of the MAK DESIGN LABORATORY. The semi-permanent reinstallation of the former study collection will be opened on […] Read more – ‘IDRV in the MAK DESIGN LAB’.
Dinner Quest – world meal. A temporary exhibition of a project by graphic design students of Oliver Kartak at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in Cooperation with the IDRV. May 12th to May 25th. MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna Eco Pecha Kucha Night, Erdgespraeche 2014 side event […] Read more – ‘Upcoming Events’.
Wednesday, November 20th, 07 pm IDRV as a guest of pataform, Malzgasse 12a, 1020 Vienna?? As part of the exhibition “Tools for the Design Revolution”, we presented opportunities for assessing and improving products in terms of their social and environmental sustainability. Central to this was the “world formula”, which results from dividing the world’s available […] Read more – ‘Circle 00007 (r=4) Wie leben? The Art of Sustainable Living’.
Do we have what it takes to do? – Shop window installation Argentinierstraße 1, 1040 Vienna 27.9. – 6.10.2013 Guided Tour Stadtarbeit – City Work Saturday 28.09.2013, 14:00–16:00 Thursday 3.10.2013, 16:00–18:00 Start: Argentinierstraße 1, 1040 Wien (In front of the shop window) Talk Stadtarbeit – City Work Radlager, Operngasse 28, 1040 Wien Thursday 3.10.2013, […] Read more – ‘Do we have what it takes to do? Vienna Design Week 2013’.
Sweeping nothing under the carpet. Thanks to the WKO the IDRV got the chance to show an excerpt of “Tools for the Design Revolution” as a small intervention at the “Austrian Design DETAILS 2013″ exhibition in Milano. Some of the know-how of the “Tools for the Design Revolution” has now been used to calculate the […] Read more – ‘Review – Milano | Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2013’.
“Culture Connected” is a project by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, aiming to promote cooperation between schools and cultural partners. Students can get the possibility to work on cultural projects. The IDRV developed a project based on the ideas of Buckminster Fullers “world game”. In cooperation with designaustria and BaKip8 we […] Read more – ‘Culture Connected – »We are all astronauts«’.
Intervention at the imm cologne, 14th to 20th, 2013, Hall 3.2, Place E-045. Do we realize that we don’t sit on just a chair – we sit on crude oil and on vast quantities of water used in production? Only a few companies are assessing the environmental impact of their products and, in so doing, […] Read more – ‘The Consequences of Design’.
Wednesday, December, 12th, 2012, 19:00 designforum Vienna, MQ, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna Sustainable design is not an endeavor dominated by questions of aesthetics, but a fundamental re-conception and redesign of objects, products or service systems with regard to environmental and social sustainability. But without the knowledge of the significance of symbolic and aesthetic attributes, it […] Read more – ‘Circle 00005 (r=4) The Aesthetics of Sustainable Design’.
Wednesday, 31 October 2012, 18:00 Part of the Tools for the Design Revolution exhibition Designforum Vienna Museumsplatz 1, at the MQ 1070 Vienna What are the politics of design? Can design help to bring about social change? As part of the Tools for the Design Revolution exhibition, we will discuss a contemporary formulation of revolution […] Read more – ‘Circle 00004 (r=4): Revolution. What now?’.
Deutsche Version / German Version An exhibition by the IDRV – Institute of Design Research Vienna in cooperation with designaustria. Pilot projects by danklhampel, breadedEscalope, and Spirit Design. Exhibition duration: September 29 – November 4, 2012 Opening: Friday 28 September 2012, 5.30 pm, for the Vienna Design Week. At the designforum Vienna, quartier 21/MQ The […] Read more – ‘Tools for the Design Revolution’.
Eine Ausstellung des IDRV – Institute of Design Research Vienna in Kooperation mit designaustria. Pilotprojekte von danklhampel, breadedEscalope, und Spirit Design. Ausstellungsdauer: 29. September – 4. November, 2012 Eröffnung: Freitag, 28. September 2012, 17 Uhr im Rahmen der Vienna Design Week. Ort: designforum Vienna, quartier 21/MQ Die Ausstellung des IDRV – Institute of Design Research […] Read more – ‘Werkzeuge für die Design-Revolution’.
A two-day design lab held by IDRV during the MAK exhibition “MADE 4 YOU. Design for Change“. For change to come about, a design revolution is necessary after which designers attend to further defining or redefining what exists, that is, radically improving it, rather than designing a steady stream of new variations of products. The […] Read more – ‘Documentation. Workshop: Tools for the Design Revolution’.
29. -30.6.2012, 10 am – 6 pm A two-day design lab held by IDRV during the MAK exhibition “MADE 4 YOU. Design for Change“, which will provide the spatial and thematic environment for the interdisciplinary d>lab. In the context of design> new strategies. A cooperation between departure and MAK. For change to come about, a […] Read more – ‘Workshop: Tools for the Design Revolution’.
May 11, 2012, 12 pm Cradle to Cradle expert talk at Hofburg Vienna An event of ÖGV – Österreichischer Gewerbeverein The “Cradle to Cradle expert talk” was the opening event of the Green Business World Congress at Hofburg Vienna. The EC Sustainable Design invited our peer experts from the design field to discuss and exchange […] Read more – ‘Closing the Loop. Experts talk on Cradle to Cradle’.
Duration of the exhibition: September 29 – November 4, 2012 Opening reception: Friday, September 28, 2012, in the context of the Vienna Design Week designforum Vienna, Quartier 21 / Museums Quarter The exhibition at the designforum Vienna takes a look at possible solutions for implementing social, ecological and ethic sustainability into the design process. What’s […] Read more – ‘Tools for the Design Revolution’.
Following last year’s success of the module “Sudeco… for sustainable design and communication strategies” at the Department for Spatial and Sustainable Design at the Technical University Vienna, this year’s summer term Harald Gruendl again will be co-supervisor in the workshop. This time the module will emphasize on the important role of future designers as agents to trigger a changeover towards a sustainable […] Read more – ‘Summer term at TU Vienna: Sustainable Design in Theory and Practice’.
Just as we were starting to do some field research on actual (non-)recycling of upholstered furniture at the city’s waste collection places (view our current home page photo), great news arrived: The Institute of Design Research Vienna was granted funding by the ZIT for conceptualizing and running an exhibition bearing the promising working title “Sustainable […] Read more – ‘IDRV was granted funding for Sustainable Design exhibition’.
“I am calling for transitional design. This is a design approach that advances social change within a sustainable system. Transitional design frightens and fascinates, bridges and enables. It helps to anticipate a new form of life. The seductive power of design is committed to a new purpose.” Harald Gruendl The focus of the research activities of […] Read more – ‘IDRV goes green!’.
Sustainable Design. Strategies for social change! Friday Dec 2nd 2011, 6 pm! designforumWien, at the MQ, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna Today, the industrialized countries consume so many resources that developing countries will take every chance to achieve a similar level of prosperity. Why do we fail to design reasonable production and consumption patterns that would […] Read more – ‘Circle 00003 (r=4)’.
RITUAL DESIGN. NEW CATHEDRALS OF CAPITALISM Discussion/dialogue. Oct 6th, 7 PM, Frankfurt An introduction to research by Kai Rosenstein with respondent Harald Gruendl, Ritual Designer and Design Researcher, Vienna. Within the framework of a series of events at the “Salon Frankfurt” October 6-11, 2011 Research with Images: why and to what end do we conduct research on […] Read more – ‘Ritual Design, presented and discussed by Harald Gruendl and Kai Rosenstein’.
ecoLUCY! In the summer semester of 2011, Harald Gruendl co-supervised the module “Sudeco… for sustainable design and communication strategies” for the Department for Spatial and Sustainable Design (Prof. Françoise-Hélène Jourda) at the Technical University of Vienna. The students’ task was to design hanging lamps made of a material with sustainability in mind (paper!) and get […] Read more – ‘ecoLUCY! Co-supervised by Harald Gruendl and now exhibited!’.
Circle 00002 (r=4) Design science – and what makes it tick! The themes of a young discipline Fr, 16.09.2011 – 18.00, Designforum Wien, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna Design influences all phases of product development and distribution and is a relevant factor in our everyday consumer culture. A well-grounded engagement with design’s development conditions and […] Read more – ‘Circle 00002 (r=4) Design science – and what makes it tick!’.
The Experts Cluster Sustainable Design wants to network and bundle all initiatives, actors, resources and available know-how on the subject of sustainable design  in Austria. “Learning by sharing” for an overarching goal: responsible action for environmentally and socially sustainable products (product service systems, graphic products, etc.). The goals of Sustainable Design EC are: to contribute to […] Read more – ‘Sustainable Design EC – Join us!’.
Agriculture and the City. Design Strategies for Urban Agriculture In the future, the design field will require new approaches and new design skills! The aim of this seminar is to strengthen these skills, and to challenge artistically the role of design in society. The well-designed consumer product is no longer central; rather it is the […] Read more – ‘Agriculture and the City’.
As a member of LeNS (the Learning Network on Sustainability), the IDRV was chosen to launch the associated LeNS network for German-speaking countries. Under the motto “learning-by-sharing”, course content, methods and tools relating to the essential theme of Sustainable Design will be made available on the online-accessible platform in cooperation with renowned partner institutions. The […] Read more – ‘LeNS for German-speaking countries’.
During the summer semester, Harald Gruendl will take over a newly created module on “Practice and Theory of Sustainable Design” in the Department for Spatial and Sustainable Design (Prof. Françoise-Hélène Jourda) at the Technical University of Vienna. Accordingly, the entire focus of the 2011 IDRV will be on exploring new design pathways for the transition […] Read more – ‘Sustainable Design at the Vienna University of Technology’.
Institute of Design Research Vienna with it´s “Poetry and aesthetics of sustainable design” at the 5th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices! We are glad to announce that our proposal to contribute to the Design Principles and Practices Confernce, which will be held between 2011/02/02 and 2011/02/04 in Rome, has been accepted! “Poetry and aesthetics of […] Read more – ‘IDRV at the Conference on Design Principles and Practices!’.
Harald Gruendl, Chairman of the Institute of Design Research and a founding member of EOOS Design, was on 1 October 2010 appointed as a Visiting Professor of Design at the University of Fine Arts (HFBK) of Hamburg. As part of this year’s theme “Agriculture and the City”, Harald Gruendl will work with the students to develop […] Read more – ‘Harald Gruendl as Visiting Professor in Hamburg’.
In three months of intensive research in archives, collections, libraries and numerous discussions with experts, we could not find a single piece of convincing evidence that Josef Hoffmann is the creator of the armchair shown, and we would like to emphatically advocate for the posthumous copyrights of Koloman Moser! We discovered that there is a remarkable […] Read more – ‘Josef Hoffmann or Kolo Moser? The Problem´s Answer’.
IDRV’s “Schere-Design-Papier” performance has taken place in MAK Design Shop in the afternoon. Harald Gruendl has cut out photos from the book “1000 chairs” by Charlotte and Peter Fill for more than one hour and newly arranged them according to a design historical social network analysis. Thanks to FAS Research for supporting us! Here are some pics from the […] Read more – ‘Vienna Design Week 2010: This was “Schere-Design-Papier”’.
The IDRV is in the midst of the final preparations on its Carte Blanche contribution to Vienna Design Week 2010. From a prominent design history riddle, to a performance, to a debate in the Wittgenstein House with reputable participants! You can download the “Schatzkarte” for our “Wienerschnitzeljagd” design history riddle here! Read more – ‘Vienna Design Week 2010: IDRV’s Carte Blanche’.
Today Martina and Harald are heading for Bangalore,India, to represent the IDRV at the Lens Conference on “Sustainability in Design: NOW! Challenges and Opportunities for Design Research, Education and Practice in the XXI Century”. They give a lecture on “Poetry and aesthetics of sustainable design”, the only austrian contribution to this essential event! http://www.lensconference.polimi.it/ Read more – ‘IDRV at LeNS Conference in India’.
More than 300 European and American design students have already taken part in our online survey. Thanks to everyone! The survey will help the IDRV to reconcile the “designlectures”, currently in development, with the future needs of learners. In the fall, we will publish the highlights of the results; until then, we are grateful for […] Read more – ‘Our Survey is Going On’.
The IDRV will be one of the speaking participants, as chosen by an international jury, in the “Sustainability in Design: NOW! Challenges and Opportunities for Design Research, Education and Practice in the XXI Century” conference in Bangalore, India, from 29 September to 1 October 2010. Read more – ‘IDRV at LeNS conference 2010, Bangalore’.
The experimental development of our web-based designlectures is moving forward! In addition to innovative content and multimedia contextual material, designlectures should also be especially well suited to the future needs of learners. For this reason, we’re currently undertaking a broad-based survey of more than 40 international universities and training centers. All students or graduates in the fields […] Read more – ‘IDRV Survey on Design History Teaching’.
The designlectures.org project brings together teaching and research. Original sources are the ideal starting points for our web-based course on design history. In order to gain access to real, historically relevant design objects and contextual materials from the original period, we are currently securing collaborations with the most prestigious design museums and private collections in […] Read more – ‘Collaborations with MAK and Bröhan Foundation’.