Circle extended: Sustainable Design – but how?
Tools and Methods

Friday, 13 September 2013,
09:30 /14:00 /19:00

das weisse haus,
11, 1040 Vienna

For a specially curated one-day symposium, the format of the Circle event series, previously established in Vienna, was expanded and reconfigured by the IDRV in cooperation with “departure – The Creative Agency of the City of Vienna”.

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Video documentation of tools and methods:

The sphere of influence of design is immense: a large part of the environmental impacts of products, buildings and services is determined in the design process! For many creative professionals, being able to understand and apply sustainable design as a service for a sustainable society is a necessary concern.
For this one-day symposium, four outstanding international tools and methods for sustainable design will be presented by their developers, tested for their applicability in workshops with small groups, and discussed.


Welcome, 9:30-10:00: Harald Gründl, IDRV

10:00-10:40 Richard Gilbert, “The energy trumps”, London

10:40-11:20 Stella Vanassche, “OVAM SIS Toolkit + Ecolizer 2.0”, Mechelen, Belgium

11:30-12:10 Adolf Merl, “PE International”, Wien

12:10-12:50 Bernhard Dusch, “Cambridge Sustainable Design Toolkit”, Cambridge

Moderators: Harald Gründl and Ulrike Haele

14:00-15:30 Workshops with the developers in small groups:
“OVAM SIS Toolkit + Ecolizer 2.0” / “The energy trumps”

16:00-17:30 Workshops with the developers in small groups:
“PE International” / “Cambridge Sustainable Design Toolkit”

19:00 Presentation of the results and discussion: Sustainable Design – but how?
“Battle of the Toolkits”

The goal is to provide an overview of the methods available on the market for monitoring design processes with regard to ecological and social sustainability. The bandwidth and the application possibilities of the tools presented are vast: One important category of tools encompasses software programs and databases that allow life-cycle assessments, analyses and material reviews. In addition to these “technical” methods for determining the hard facts, there will also be inspiring approaches that encourage new methods with thought-provoking and questioning techniques, from the dematerialization of design to do-it-yourself and service-design strategies.
Participation is free, but registration is required for the workshops!
Register by 05 September 2013 via e-mail to Ulrike Haele,