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Creative Transition towards Sustainability


3-day Interdisciplinary PhD Workshop from 3rd – 5th of November 2014 Design – Architecture – Engineering – Natural, Social and Cultural Sciences.

Sustainability is the main challenge of this century. How to deal with global crises like climate change, energy- and resource scarcity or related social conflicts? How is a good life possible for all people on a finite planet? Technological/industrial innovations or economic growth are not by themselves sufficient answers to such questions. What we need is a holistic and systemic approach in combination with a fundamental change of our production/consumption structures and behavioural patterns.

In a three day workshop, experts and PhD students from different European countries and disciplines will come together for an intensive exchange about strategies and specific possibilities of societal transformation towards more sustainable lifestyles. Through a dialogue between observers and analysts of the transformation on the one hand, and designers of the transformation on the other hand, the workshop promotes an intensive relationship between theory and praxis. The PhD Workshop therefore addresses different disciplines e.g. social, economic and cultural scientists, architects, product-designers, engineers. Best practice projects (e.g. living labs in Barcelona) will be presented and examined from an interdisciplinary perspective.

As the behaviour of individuals is strongly influenced by the design of the world we live in, the transformation of lifestyles needs a corresponding transformation of design, architecture and engineering together with a comprehensive re-definition of the concepts of ‚service‘ and of the production and ‚consumption system‘. Modern design is often object-oriented and underestimates the ecological, social and cultural environment. In contrast, this workshop looks for the complex interconnections between designed objects, products and services and their contribution to a creative transformation towards sustainability.

Call for abstracts:

We invite PhD students (and possibly some advanced Master students) from all disciplines conducting research related to the workshop theme „Creative transition towards sustainability“ and with a strong interest in scientific work, to submit an abstract in order to be selected for participation in this transdisciplinary event.
As the goal is to hand in the final paper to a scientific peer-reviewed journal, the applicants are expected to have informed themselves about possibilities for publishing their paper drafts.


UPC- Barcelona Tech is the second biggest university in Spain. The ETSAV School of Architecture at Sant Cugat del Vallés ( is a well recognized centre in the field of sustainable architecture and urbanism with a wide range of initiatives. This includes for example its Living Lab for Sustainable Architecture and Lifestyle (, which will also be the main venue of the workshop.


Applicants should send an abstract (max. 500 characters) about their on-going research work together with a letter of application/motivation and a short CV. An expert committee will select the most suitable contributions according to their quality in relation to the workshop topic.
A general explanation of the abstract and paper are included as an annex.


The workshop will combine theoretical sessions (presentations of research work, experts input, round table sessions) with practical work (living lab exploration, co-creation activities, group work) in order to create a lively atmosphere for a productive interdisciplinary exchange.

Expected outcomes:

Experts will assess participants in their research work to enable discussing specific aspects in small groups. The publication of papers will be prepared.


The Summer School committee will issue a certificate of successful attendance.


Submission of abstracts and application letter: 15th of September 2014 Notice of acceptance: 30th of September 2014.
Submission of full paper (draft) or presentation: 1st of October 2014

(see also template for paper and abstract).


280€Euro (includes 3-day workshop, 3 coffee breaks, 3 lunches and 3 dinners). Not included are: Flight, accommodation, breakfast and further travel costs.


Accommodation in Barcelona centre can be found individually e.g. through the following websites:,, or similar.
Student apartments might be available on short notice at the campus for 35€/night in a double room. Please contact us for further information.


For all applications and contacts please write to:

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Radius of art : creative politicization of the public sphère / cultural potential forces for social transformation

S A V E – T H E – D A T E : 8th and 9th February 2012  – Heinrich Boell Foundation, Schumannstrasse 8, Berlin.

Experience from international artistic and cultural projects offers clear evidence of their relevance for the processes of democratization and the development of civil society.

  • Intervention and participation in »Art in the public sphere« projects’ leads to a creative politicization of the public sphere, thus catalyzing social processes of debate and democratization.
  • »Art for social transformation«: All too often neglected, the empowerment of children, youth and adults through international artistic and cultural projects provide an effective long-term means of achieving social and political emancipation, also in the context of fighting poverty and encouraging participation within civil society.
  • »New Alliances for Aesthetics and Sustainability« are needed in order to find innovative approaches that reach beyond the already existing decision-making and development structures.

The conference’s aim is to promote an exchange of views about different approaches and experiences with forms of international cultural cooperation and to formulate common targets for future collaboration. Hence the event makes a contribution to the international debate on the interaction of culture and development, with particular emphasis on the relevance of arts and culture for societal processes of democratization.

To this end, the participating cultural institutions, artists and other partners from the fields of art, culture and social sciences will present concrete examples of their work, both to evaluate the overall situation and to provide a basis for a vivid exchange. In addition, there will be introductory lectures on current theoretical discourse concerning the role and importance of art and culture in social development, enabling the structures of decisionmaking in cultural and development politics to be expanded and questioned. Participative procedures will be employed to pool and integrate the knowledge of conference participants and thereby deepen the exchange among individual networks.

The conference will conclude with a discussion about the kinds of structural reforms required in regard to the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity, so that cultural development projects as well as controversial public art projects might receive the recognition they deserve within the sphere of international cooperation.

The conference is part of the EU / ALF-project »art-based research / research-based art«, held under the aegis of the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts in Kiel and the Heinrich Boell Foundation Schleswig-Holstein, in partnership with Interface / University of Ulster (Belfast, UK), the International Academy of Art Palestine (Ramallah, Palestinian Territories), the Maumaus Escola de Artes Visuais (Lisbon, Portugal), 98 Weeks (Beirut, Libanon, 5533 (Istanbul, Turkey), Boell Foundation Berlin, Beirut and Ramallah, Goethe-Institute Beirut.


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Art and Sustainability: Connecting Patterns for a Culture of Complexity

We are delighted to announce the publication of our member Sacha Kagan’s* new book « Art and Sustainability: Connecting Patterns for a Culture of Complexity ». This publication is the outcome of his PhD Thesis at Leuphana University. The book proposes an understanding of “culture(s) of sustainability”, “aesthetics of sustainability” and “art and sustainability”,  based on an in-depth theoretical elaboration and a critical discussion of several artists.

What is the cultural dimension of sustainability? This book offers a thought-provoking answer, with a theoretical synthesis on »cultures of sustainability«. Describing how modernity degenerated into a culture of unsustainability, to which the arts are contributing, Sacha Kagan engages us in a fundamental rethinking of our ways of knowing and seeing the world. We must learn not to be afraid of complexity, and to re-awaken a sensibility to patterns that connect. With an overview of ecological art over the past 40 years, and a discussion of art and social change, the book assesses the potential role of art in a much needed transformation process.

A4 flyer with the table of contents: PDF file

Links: Book page on the publisher’s website / Pre-Order page on the publisher’s website (besides, I noticed that pre-order seems to be also possible on and

Art and Sustainability: Connecting Patterns for a Culture of Complexity. Will be available in July 2011, ca. 476 p., ca. 39,80 € –ISBN 978-3-8376-1803-7

*Sacha Kagan is :

Sacha also published here :


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