If you’re in or anywhere near Vienna on September 26th-27th, don’t miss this international symposium on Social Design Public Action, which will explore social design approaches within the urban environment. The 2-day Symposium, hosted by the University of Applied Arts Vienna and curated by Lukas Feireiss, will feature a host of guest speakers including Skateistan founder Oliver Percovich, sociologist Saskia Sassen, artist Steve Lambert, architects and urban planners Alfredo Brillembourg and and Hubert Klumpner of Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) and experts from other fields like journalism, dance and photography.

The symposium will be divided into four interconnected thematic clusters:

– New Forms of the Social and Political: Questioning the transformational power of new forms of the social, political and cultural within the global urban realm.
– Politics in the Realm of Things: Examining new conditions of public repre­sentation beyond the sphere of professional politics and governance.
– Contesting the Urban Arena: Understanding critical creative practices as laboratories of civilization and applied societal design in highly contested contexts of collective identities.
– Community and Co-existence: Re-thinking architectures of relationships, processes and agencies of the collective and the individual in the contemporary city.

At the event, U-TT will be presenting the 8th edition of their SLUM Lab Magazine, which will be available as a PDF shortly after. (Watch out for that on our blog!)

For more information about the symposium program and the full roster of speakers, visit the website.


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