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!

Curriculum

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)

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People

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Susanne Mariacher

Architect, Vienna/Salzburg

Susanne Mariacher studied Architecture at Technical University Vienna. She worked in several architecture firms as well as at the Department of Art and Design, TU Vienna. With her associates she realized and worked on various projects within the artistic and architectural field, recently at the Festival der Regionen 2015.

Student
Urban Architecture
mariacher.susanne@gmail.com

Ruth Mateus-Berr

Artist / Design Researcher, Vienna

Ruth Mateus-Berr is an artist and design researcher currently based in Vienna. Her artwork deals with interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary questions. She is interested and experienced in art & design education, Design Research, Design Thinking, Social Design. She is professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, and head of expertise in Design at MA Social Design, member of Design Research Society, and Research directory of Sensory Studies

Staff
Design
+43 1 711 33 – 2030
ruth.mateus-berr@uni-ak.ac.at

Anna Ilona Misovicz

Social Designer / Sociologist, Vienna

Anna Ilona Misovicz, born in Budapest, grew up mostly in-between, now located in Vienna. Her current focus is on diverse structures of belonging and their discursive origin. She combines her social scientific background with developing and applying artistic strategies that mediate knowledge and perspectives while offering ways of identification.

Alumni
Social Science
anna.misovicz@gmail.com
www.tasteofhome.at

Andrea Navarrete

Designer, Mexico City

Believes that design is an engine to improve the quality of life of any society. Not only reflected in tangible products but also in relationships, as a basis for understanding within all communities: to promote social inclusion, cultural diversity and human development. By embracing economic, cultural and social aspects, design represents a comprehensive alternative of development.

Alumni
Industrial Design
+52155 6544 0967
aandreaanr@gmail.com

Vera Naydenova

Social Designer, Tallinn

Seeks to define her practice at the intersection of social sciences and art, theory and action. Her projects relate back to her homeland and deal with the impacts of post-socialist transformation and urban shrinkage on community life. She is particularly interested in the promotion of proactive attitudes and resilient lifestyles and the exploration of urban-rural-natural phenomena.

Alumni
Shrinking Cities, Post-Socialist Transformation, Culture-led Urban Regeneration
naydenova.vera@gmail.com
www.veranaydenova.com

Isin Önol

Curator, New York/ Vienna

Isin Önol (1977, Turkey) is an independent curator primarily working in Vienna since 2009. Before that, she leaded the Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art as its director and curator in Istanbul for three years. She is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Cultural Studies, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, and has been invited to work as a visiting scholar for a year at Columbia University, New York.

Visiting Curator
Cultural Studies
isinonol@gmail.com
isinonol.com
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