“The Messy Shape of Problems” – Past, Present and Future Perspectives of Design

Academic Design Network Austria (AT)


Exhibition, Impulse lectures, Fishbowl Discussions and Workshops

Designers are facing an increasingly complex field of global challenges, which necessitate great sensitivity to relevant questions, adequate approaches, and tools for developing sustainable solutions. How can design education convey the required skills and perspectives to cope with this dramatic rise in complexity? And how do technological advances shape the future of design?

Focusing on these questions, the Campus exhibition of the Academic Design Network Austria aims to epitomize the wide range of approaches characterizing the design education landscape in Austria.

The student projects presented form the point of departure for a three-day discursive format consisting of impulse lectures, fishbowl discussions, and workshops such as a speculative design lab. This participatory format brings together interested visitors with representatives of design universities to discuss present and future developments in the field of design with reference to ongoing technological transformation. Diverse approaches, perspectives and the potential of design to address major challenges of contemporary and future societies will be discussed.

The continually expanding Academic Design Network Austria currently comprises the following partner institutions in Austria:

Die Angewandte Wien; FH Joanneum, Graz; FH Salzburg (Puch-Urstein); FH Salzburg (Kuchl); FH St. Pölten; FH Vorarlberg; Kunstuniversität Linz, New Design University, St. Pölten; Universität Mozarteum, Salzburg, Alpen Adria Universität Klagenfurt, FH Oberösterreich


Overview of projects


Project Credits:

  • Die Angewandte. University of Applied Arts Vienna. Oliver Kartak – https://www.dieangewandte.at
  • FH Joanneum. University of Applied Sciences Graz. Karl Stocker, Daniel Fabry, Orhan Kipcak, Erika Thümmel, Sigrid Bürstmayr – https://www.fh-joanneum.at
  • FH Salzburg Campus Urstein & Kuchl. Thomas Hitthaler, Thomas Grundnigg, Günther Grall, Wolfgang Irlinger, Matthias Tratz, Lisa Winkler  – https://www.fh-salzburg.ac.at
  • FH St. Pölten. St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences. Markus Wintersberger, Christian Munk, Rosa von Suess – https://www.fhstp.ac.at
  • FH Vorarlberg. University of Applied Sciences Dornbirn. Markus Hanzer, Margarita Köhl, Roland Alton-Scheidl, Karin Bleiweiss – https://www.fhv.at
  • Kunst Universität Linz. Universität für künstlerische und industrielle Gestaltung Linz. Tina Frank, Mario Zeppelzauer, Marianne Pührerfellner – https://www.ufg.at
  • New Design University. Privatuniversität St. Pölten. Stefan Moritsch, Christine Schwaiger – https://www.ndu.ac.at
  • Mozarteum University Salzburg. Gertrud Fischbacher, Laura Ackermann, Marius Schebella – https://www.moz.ac.at
  • Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt – https://www.aau.at
  • FH Oberösterreich. University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria – https://www.fh-ooe.at
  • Danube University Krems. Florian Halm – https://www.donau-uni.ac.at
  • Supported by designaustria. Martin Fössleitner – http://www.designaustria.at