Cities are our natural world, created by us and yet, in their constantly shifting complexity, almost beyond our grasp. Urbanization processes do not end at the city boundaries. Almost infinite networks, alienated communication, hasty consumption and conflicts of social marginalization or economic injustice determine our urban survival. Cities form contested spaces, whose present refers back to the past, whose power structures can be identified and also changed. It is important to predict the need for change well in advance but also to be able to react to acute crises great and small with fresh solutions.
Innovations are driven on a bottom-up basis. Not infrequently they arise at the margins of society, where established structures encounter influences from without, traditional responses no longer work, or safeguards apply to some but not to others.
The projects developed in the studio situation of our Social Design program show that societal innovation–meaning extraordinary results and unexpected approaches–becomes possible where different forms of knowledge and methods interact, where artistic acumen combines with creativity from the so-called hard sciences, where design, theory, architecture and the fine arts not only pool their strategies but also enter into confrontations and alliances that can be both risky and productive.
Innovative methods construct new meanings, strengthen responsibility and thus create the preconditions for identification with one’s own actions. Students who choose the Master’s in Social Design – Arts as Urban Innovation signal their determination to play a critical and active part in influencing society and a refusal to discount the future!
The master programme Social Design Arts as Urban Innovation at the University of Applied Arts Vienna is oriented towards graduates from diverse fields of study, thereby stipulating work in transdisciplinary teams as the central teaching and learning approach in the programme. On the basis of professional competences acquired in their respective previous studies, students become acquainted with transcending disciplinary codes and thinking and working in greater interrelationships. Art in synergy with project-related scientific methods and knowledge is seen as a tool for urban innovation.
Duration and Scope:
4 semesters / 120 ECTS
Graduation: "Master of Arts" (MA)
Jennifer Helia DeFelice is an artist, performer, musician, curator and translator. She graduated from Empire State College, SUNY with a degree in New Media: Employment and Development. From 1993 she has been working as an assistant at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Brno University of Technology in the Video-Performance-Multimedia Studio. She currently teaches and is a doctoral candidate at FaVU where her sphere of expertise is in early video and performance art and the interpretation of scores.
- Title / Function
- Visiting Artist / Summer Term 2017
- Field of Expertise
- Media and Performance Art
Studied Design at Seoul National University of Science and Technology and Social Design at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. She worked as an assistant grafic/web designer and is currently working as a freelance illustrator. Dahyun has a big passion for voluntary services. She therefore also pursues design which is focused on helping the people and the world.
Graduated in Urbanistik at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, he co-initiated RAUMSTATION collective. For his Bachelor on Chinese Urbanism in Addis Ababa, he produced the documentary film CHINESE NEW FLOWER. Since 2016 he is curator and editor at STADTMACHER China – Deutschland CITYMAKERS 中德城市创者.
Barbara Holub is an artist, architect and researcher based in Vienna. With Paul Rajakovics she founded transparadiso, a transdisciplinary practice for socially engaged urbanism: direct urbanism. Visiting artist at the Dept. Social Design (2015/2016), lecturer at the Vienna University of Technology.
Magdalena Hubauer is a Vienna-based sociologist. In the past years she worked on projects dealing with community building in new neighborhoods and knowledge transfer through multipliers. She is interested in discovering factors that shape and affect the everyday lifes and movements of people and in creative ways of questioning and playing with them.
After studying in the social sciences, Miriam felt the urge to find more channels for applying the acquired knowledge. She understands urban space as a dense microcosm of societal conflicts and the layers of power structuring society. She uses art and artistic strategies to introduce theoretical knowledge into the real world and to put thought into action.
- Title / Function
- Field of Expertise
- Critical theory