Designing VISIONS – Building BRIDGES – Creating SPACES – Giving SHAPE

Invitation to a Dialogue on Shaping the Future

How do you want to live and work? What drives you? Are we humans ready for the digital revolution? Are we smart enough? Who is setting the agenda? What key decisions have to be made?

Our future can be shaped – all prophecies of doom or visions of paradise notwithstanding. It is a complex task that we can only tackle together. It is both a challenge and an opportunity to reorganize our collective lives, to ask and to allow questions, to jointly think about what unites us despite our differences. It is time for concrete interdisciplinary action. That requires the courage to abandon familiar ground and not to be cowed by practical constraints. It is a time not of technocrats or bureaucrats but of creatives.

The End Of Sitting_© RAAAF

The End of Sitting: The End of Sitting, © RAAAF

This awareness informs the book VISIONEN GESTALTEN (DESIGNING VISIONS). It opens up an interdisciplinary discursive space in the form of interviews with 29 internationally active creatives from different generations and from various fields such as design, art, architecture, science, and business. It is an exemplary open space that gathers attitudes, practices, and visions and that sees the shaping of the future as a practice that, despite its complexity and seriousness, can be vibrant and enjoyable.



If one takes one’s cues from the book, a potential “Team on Shaping the Future” could look as follows: Designers function as moderators and process designers and, as strategic business advisors, increasingly influence corporate working conditions. Architects create explorative and living spaces and, together with varying partners, build identity-creating spaces for social encounters. Researchers and scientists no longer work solely in the service of progress and technology, but increasingly collaborate with creatives and designers on new perspectives and sensory experiences. Corporate managers and organizational leaders help ensure that work does not merely serve economic goals but that work time is also life time, where people experience themselves as co-shapers and are also appreciated as such. Artists “do” resistance and protest and at the same time dialogue and participation and are increasingly sought-after because of their freedom, independence, and lack of political agenda and because their sensory approach offers new insights into the world – providing structures and forms that enable us to think to the future autonomously and independently.

Little Sun_© Little Sun_Foto Kim Hansen

 Little Sun: Little Sun, © Little Sun, Foto: Kim Hansen

The return to the human, simple as it sounds, is the basis for the interaction of all creative disciplines. The rapid technological developments also draw attention to that which remains unchanged: the simple and basic actions in life, existential things such as sensuality, feelings, communication. Especially at a time when the world is undergoing such radical transformation and no technological innovation is beyond our imagination, the question remains how this is changing human beings themselves and what impact this has on our lives as a whole. What tools and resources will we need now and in the future, what rooms and spaces for development will continue to be available, what will our daily lives look like?

One vision, therefore, is to inspire communities and governments to establish independent forums and engage business and industry as partners who assume social responsibility and contribute entrepreneurial spirit. The creatives are obviously ready for a ‘Smart Revolution’in order to shape the future together with others and to take concrete action.

Author: Elisabeth Hartung


Informations about the book:
Elisabeth Hartung (ed.), DESIGNING VISIONS, New Interdisciplinary Thoughts and Practices in Design, Art and Architecture, 2017 av edition

Invitation to the Book-Launch mit Podium Discussion during the MCBW on 8th March 2017 in PLATFORM, Kistlerhofstraße 70, 81379 Munich

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