Focus 2017

Make work work!

Practices in Eco-Social Design that are sustainable, also economically.

What are existing and emergent eco-social design practices? How do they sustain livelihoods and encourage sustainability transition? DoD17 brings together inspiring practitioners to understand how to do better! Cases, best practices, strategies and ways to develop, manage and maintain Eco-Social Design practices that are sustainable, also economically. More



open 8th of February to 5th of March. Included is the the 2-day conference ticket and catering during the breaks.

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Brave New Alps (IT,  Rovereto / UK Leeds): In their design practice Bianca Elzenbaumer and Fabio Franz work in the spirit of commoning and alternative economic cultures; along with it they do academic research and publish on these topics.


Studio Polpo (UK, Sheffield): Cristina Cerulli and Julia Udall can show economic links between work at university, commissions and grants. In Sheffield their studio is behind relevant eco-social  initiatives – an inspiration for students and tutors alike (mixed economies, support structure for graduates).


Raumlabor (DE, Berlin): a network of 9 architects and many more fix or temporary collaborators, who are involved in many socially engaged initiatives, mostly happening in Berlin. Over the years they have also developed inventive ways to deal with resources and to make their projects sustainable in the long term. 


Isacco Chiaf (IT, Tourin): finances his work in socially/politically engaged Visual Journalism by funding from foundations and co-operations with news publishers. He can talk about potentials and risks of such arrangements.


Friederike Habermann (DE): is an independent German economist and historian. She researches on post-growth alternative economies and cultures and on the present and futures of eco-socially engaged work.


Armin Bernhard  (IT, Obervinschgau) and partners of the Bürgerbeteiligungsgenossenschaft Mals cooperativa di communità for the sustainable development of Obervinschgau, a remote valley in South Tyrol, which explores alternative routes of development and, therefore, funded a citizen cooperative to incubate and support eco-social enterprises. This goes along with Armin’s research at Sophia, a research institute for cooperation enterprising and social innovation.


(requested) Bas van Abel of Fairphone (NL, Utrecht Area): the Fairphone is designed to be more sustainable and produced as fair a possible. We want to know, how it was enabled economically and which are the key drivers and qualities in organisation, alliances, strategies and communication


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