Why and How Should We Co-create Balanced Ecosystems
Esteban González Jiménez (Medellín)
Imagine a Possible Future
Iwona Kurz (Warsaw)
Joanna Murzyn (Warsaw)
Founder of Radicalzz, a social movement that investigates the influence of information and communication technologies on the environment and equips society with tools that stand with them in the process of unplugging themselves from the dependency of the predominating system.
Technology enthusiasts, but radical in pushing its desire to serve humans' needs. As a part of her activities, she is responsible for research, community directing, and social engineering for meaningful purposes.
Gained professional experience while conducting projects with UNESCO MGIEP, African Leadership Academy, and Sustainability department of IKEA.
Martin Ponec (Prague)
Atelier 304 and Missing Studies
Graphic designer. He studied Theory of Art and Culture at Faculty of Arts at Masaryk University in Brno. In 2018, he also graduated at the Studio of Graphic Design and New Media at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. Between 2014 and 2015, he studied at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Since 2019, he works as an assistant at Studio of Graphic Design and New Media at the AAAD in Prague.
Michiel Hustinx (Nijmegen)
Nijmegen: European Green Capital 2018
Michiel Hustinx served as programme manager at the municipality of Nijmegen. He was one of the organizers of European Green Capital 2018 (an annual competition, in which one European city that has consistently achieved high environmental standards is selected for an award.), and now works at De Bastei, a museum for nature and cultural history in Nijmegen.
Pedro Aibéo (Porto)
If You Want to Change Society, Don’t Build Anything
Pedro Aibéo is an internationally awarded Architect and Civil Engineer. He is a Kone Säätiö Research Fellow, a Visiting Associate Professor at UNAM University, Mexico and at Wuhan University of Technology, China and a Doctoral Candidate at Aalto University, Finland on "Architectural Democracy". He is the founder & CEO of the Gamified Cohousing Oy, founder and Artistic Director of “Cidadania” theatre+games group, a professional Musician at Homebound, the founder and Chairman of the World Music School Helsinki, a drawing teacher at the croquis nights and at Kiasma and a comic novelist.
Peter Andreas Sattrup (Copenhagen)
Be smart. Create Value by Intelligent Design
Dr. Peter Andreas Sattrup is advocating sustainable architecture as senior adviser and head of sustainability at the Danish Association of Architectural Firms. Drawing on his background as a practicing architect and as a researcher, Sattrup works on documenting how architecture creates value to investors, users and societies in multiple ways that are both qualitative and quantifiable. He argues that documenting the value of design can support policy making and design decisions at all levels for the good of society, while enhancing the business potentials of architects.
Rama Gheerawo (London)
Inclusive Design: five things every designer should know
Rama Gheerawo is a serial innovator in the fields of Inclusive Design, Design Thinking and Creative Leadership having led over 100 projects working internationally with governments, business, academia and the third sector. He won a ‘Hall of Fame’ award for his work at the Design Week Awards in 2019 and was named a 2018 Creative Leaders by Creative Review alongside Paul Smith and Björk, Empathy is at the heart of his practice. As Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, he uses design to address society’s toughest issues from ageing and healthcare, to ability and diversity. Rama sits on a number of advisory boards and committees for awards, universities and organisations such as the UK Design Council, The International Association for Universal Design, UX India, the Design Management Institute and the Design Intelligence Awards.
Roger Paez (Barcelona)
Ephemeral Architecture and Social Purpose
PhD architect, professor and researcher. Professional experience in the studios of Alison+Peter
Smithson and Enric Miralles. Founder of AiB (www.aib.cat). Architectural design professor at
ETSALS, research leader and MEATS director at ELISAVA (meats.elisava.net), guest professor
at universities worldwide. Author of Critical Prison Design (Actar 2014) and Operative
Mapping (Actar 2019). Works at the intersection of design, architecture and the city, focusing
on experimentation and social impact.
Ruedi Baur (Paris)
Imagine a possible future
Ruedi Baur has been working in the context of the public space since the 1980s. He led the research institute Design2context in Zurich, then Civic city in Geneva. Programs like: “Urban Spaces and Design”, "Orientation-disorientation", "Visible-invisible", "Civic design”, ”Design and complexity"presenting his attitude as designer, teacher and researcher. A proponent of interdisciplinary design, Baur created the Intégral network in 1989 with its own workshops: Intégral Ruedi Baur in Paris and Zurich. Today he lectures and develops research programs in the HEAD University of Geneva, ENSAD in Paris and at the University of Strasbourg. He lectures and implements research in different country in the world. The most recent projects he has designed are the information concept for the 4 new lines of the Subway Paris, the sign and way finding system of the New School in New York, the Cologne-Bonn and Vienna airports.
Understanding City Through Motion
Dr Dang Thuy Duong is an architect, researcher, and academic teacher. In 2019 she developed the research method „City in motion” dedicated to the study of the relationship between urban spaces and pedestrian practice. She teaches research methods at Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology. As architect, she designed number of public spaces and buildings in Poland, Kazakhstan, and Russia among others.
Seppe de Blust (Leuven)
Safe ground for learning: creating the right conditions to discuss and learn from social design practices in processes of urban transformation
Seppe De Blust is sociologist and urban designer. After working in between politics and policy, he co-founded endeavour, an Antwerp based office for socio-spatial research. Seppe conducted his PhD research in Architecture at the KU Leuven with a strong focus on the position of critical spatial practitioners in processes of urban transformation. At the NEWROPE chair of Architecture & Urban Transformation (ETH Zürich) Seppe leads the action research on reflexive pedagogies, collective learning in action and intervention driven design.
Shirley Casey (Dublin)
Design for Change
Shirley Casey is a lecturer on the Visual Communication Design programme, recognised by Domus magazine as one of the top 25 Graphic Design programmes in Europe, and co-chair of the MA in Design for Change at IADT, a programme run in collaboration with the Institute without Boundaries (IwB) at George Brown College in Toronto. She has taught spatial design for over a decade with a focus on experiential graphic design facilitating several industry projects with a variety of government, cultural, educational and sporting organisations. She previously specialised in packaging design and retail branding for a broad range of Irish and international clients.
Traumnovelle is a militant faction founded by three Belgian architects:
Léone Drapeaud, Manuel León Fanjul and Johnny Leya.
Traumnovelle uses architecture and fiction as analytical, critical and subversive tools to emphasize contemporary issues and dissect their resolutions. Traumnovelle alternates between cynicism and enthusiasm all the while advocating for critical thinking in architecture. Traumnovelle champions a multi-disciplinary approach with architecture at the crossroads. Traumnovelle distances itself from current forms of naive architecture and refuses to glorify the mundane. Traumnovelle sides with those who have not sacrificed ambition and criticism.
Vera Baur-Kockot (Zurich)
Imagine a Possible Future
Sociologist, Cultural Scientist, specialized in visual and urban anthropology, she is associate researcher in Sociology of Design at the University St Gallen, Switzerland. She develops a research and interdisciplinary practice in the crossing of culture, sciences and politics. She founded and leads INTERDIS Institute since 1989 in Berlin. After her career as independent exhibition curator, critic and director of the museums for contemporary art Kunstverein Gütersloh and Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft Nuremberg, she was a founder and co-director of the Institute of Art, Design and Media technology at the GSO University of Nuremberg, the Institute Design2context at the University of Arts Zurich. She is a president of the international Association Civic City - Institute for critical research and sciences in design and runs with Ruedi Baur the research program Visible / Invisible at the University of Art and Design Geneva as well as the department of social design at the Designstudio Integral Ruedi Baur, Paris / Zurich.
Witold Naturski (Warsaw)
Witold Naturski holds a degree in economics and has been working for EU institutions since 2004, first in the European Parliament and since 2016 in the European Commission. He is currently serving as deputy head of the EC Representation in Poland. His previous institutional experience includes, inter alia, speechwriting for the President of the European Parliament and heading the communication team of the EC Rep. Between 2006 and 2010 he has also served as an elected member of the regional council (Sejmik) in the Polish region of Silesia.
Bulent Akman has been a guest lecturer at SWPS University of Social Sciences and the Humanities in Warsaw for the past 6 years where he has taught communication skills and public speaking. Born in Istanbul Turkey and raised in Toronto, Canada, he has made Warsaw, Poland his home since 2001. Bulent writes children's books in English with his wife, Olga of which two were published by Edgard Publishing in 2019. Since 2011 he has taught movie making to children at summer camps, for the last 5 years with Almatur S.A. and was most recently the creative consultant for independent feature film Florrie (2019) which is currently touring festivals across the United States and Canada. Bulent's podcast about the storytelling process, Midnight Bath, is available on Anchor and Spotify.
Olga Rafalska is the co-founder and organizer of the biggest design conference in Poland - Element Talks. Since 2014, together with Paulina Kacprzak, has gathered a big design community in Poland. Each year attracts people interested in the practical and business aspects of the designer's profession (at Element Talks Warsaw), as well as the sustainable living (at Element Urban Talks) and User Experience (at Element UX Talks). In 2019 co-hosted European Design Festival in Warsaw.
Jerzy Paweł Nowacki (Warsaw)
Professor Jerzy Pawel Nowacki graduated from Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and
Mechanics of Warsaw University. Author or editor of several monographs and more than 80
articles on computer science, mechanics and e-learning. From 1994 Founder and Rector of
Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology (PJAIT), Warsaw, Poland.
Rupert Weinmann (Vienna/Warsaw)
Rupert Weinmann studied law at the Universities of Vienna and
Dijon and acquired a management degree (MBA). In 1999, he entered the Austrian diplomatic service, and had many postings including at the Austrian embassies in The Hague and Berlin. In 2017 he was appointed Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum Warsaw. As President of EUNIC Cluster Warsaw in 2020, he initiated and co-organized the IF - Social Design for Sustainable Cities conference.