Jüchen, Germany

Exploring ways for sustainable transformation in a limited world

when 30 August 2015 - 6 September 2015
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 450

Sustainability is an abstract term, which is used mainly on a meta-level – thus, it is difficult to transfer it into our daily life in households, organisations, politics, economics, science, and society.
In 1972, the Club of Rome published its famous book “The Limits to Growth“, which is still relatively unknown to many people. In addition to that, the book “2052 – A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years“, written by Jorgen Randers and published in 2012, describes necessary changes to enable future generations to live their lives in an intact environment, including wellbeing and a good quality of life.
Such necessary changes, however, are rarely implemented in our daily routines. This is exactly what we want to change!
Important messages need to be told wisely, tailored to its contents and target groups. In our 7th Sustainable Summer School we want to target this aspect, focussing on:
How can design initiate and support sustainable behaviour in our daily life?
Which stories and product-service-systems, which social and technological innovations and which cultural patterns or traditions are suitable for transferring these messages into our daily lifes?

Course leader

Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Fachbereich F - Industrial Design
ecosign/Akademie für Gestaltung in Köln
Folkwang Universität der Künste: Fachbereich Gestaltung in Essen Kommunikations- und Industriedesign, Nachhaltigkeit im Design
Wuppertal Institut

Target group

design students and students from other disciplines dealing with sustainability

Course aim

Exploring ways for sustainable transformation in a limited world

Fee info

EUR 450: The participation fee is 450.00 EUR per person for one week (30.8. - 6.9.2015) including accommodation, meals.