“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 IDRV since 2011 is on the topic of Sustainable Design. The discussion on potential aesthetic strategies for sustainable design was already enriched in 2010 with the contribution to the LeNS Conference (the Learning Network on Sustainability), “Poetry and Aesthetics of Sustainable Design”. As a member of LeNS, the IDRV was selected to launch the associated LeNS network for German-speaking countries. The national exchange on the subject will take place in an expert cluster for sustainable design, which is currently being established within the structure of designaustria. As a result, an exhibition and a toolkit for environmentally and socially sustainable design processes will be compiled.