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‘QUO VADIS DESIGN’ was the first workshop to be organized by iF e.V. The workshop was intended as a call to rethink current approaches and to develop design-oriented solutions to the problems and crises of our time. We were able to attract six renowned personalities from the areas of architecture, new media, research, business, academia and business ethics who, in mid September, joined the other workshop participants in an effort to highlight the immense importance of integrating design in all areas of life, work and business.
The goal was to state – and most importantly to show – how this can be done successfully and which long-term (business) benefits can arise from such an approach. QUO VADIS DESIGN wanted to provide a wake-up call, but one that bears in mind real world requirements: creativity does not exclude cost-efficiency. There was also a strong focus on academic design education at universities.
With this workshop, iF e.V. wanted to contribute to fulfilling its mission of both creating awareness for design as an important part of all aspects of our life and of supporting good design.
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Vossenkuhl, a German contemporary philosopher, was the workshop host. The results have been summarized in a workshop documentation. This documentation is available as a free pdf-download on this page.
Design as world savior? There clearly is a need for design-led initiatives: we have been exploiting our planet and ourselves in terms of ecological and economic aspects and with regard to socio-political and humane issues. There isn’t just one single flashpoint: what we are faced with is a conflagration where one crisis follows another. What is at stake when it comes to our future? Everything.
As part of the workshop, we will take stock and show that design already provides concrete and sustainable solutions for many of these predominantly man-made issues. However, too many people still put too little trust in design: business, academia and the media, decision makers, private individuals and the general public still have to fully acknowledge the central role of design when it comes to saving our world. That is the true scale of the issue we are faced with.
We were able to attract six renowned personalities to participate in the workshop and to come together on 14 September 2013 on the Fraueninsel island in Lake Chiemsee.
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Vossenkuhl (Host)
Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Vossenkuhl is emeritus professor of philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich. From 1997 to 2003, he was a senator of the German Research Foundation (DFG, Bonn). In 1998, he was awarded the international prize for philosophy by the Margrit-Egnér Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland. In the 1980s, he worked together with Otl Aicher on several projects. Prof. Vossenkuhl has published many books and papers on ethics and on Kant and Wittgenstein, he has contributed to radio and TV programs and he has also published books such as his ‘Philosophie für die Westentasche’ (Philosophy for the Vest Pocket).
Prof. Dr. Andreas Dorschel (Research)
University of Music and the Performing Arts, Graz, Austria
Prof. Dr. Andreas Dorschel has, since 2002, been both professor of aesthetics and chair of the Institute for Musical Aesthetics at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. After reading philosophy, music and linguistics at the universities of Vienna and Frankfurt am Main, he lectured at Marburg, Dresden and Norwich (UK). In 2002, he attained the habilitation at the university of Bern’s Institute of Philosophy. In 2006, he was a guest professor at Stanford and other international institutions. Since 2008, Prof. Dorschel has been a member of the executive board of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Since 2012, he has been on the review panel of the HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) Joint Research Programme of the European Science Foundation (ESF), based in Strasburg and Brussels. In 2011, he was awarded the research prize of the Province of Styria. He has published extensively on the subject of design.
Prof. Dr. Ing. Winfried Nerdinger (Architecture)
TU Munich, Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism
Prof. Dr. Ing. Winfried Nerdinger has been director of the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism since its inception in 2012. As a scholar of architectural history, he was professor of architectural history and structural engineering at TU Munich. Since 2004, he has been director of the department of visual arts at the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts. Until 2012, he was director of the Architecture Museum at TU Munich. He was made a TU emeritus of excellence for his outstanding scholarly achievements. Prof. Nerdinger has authored and edited more than 300 scholarly publications, which have been translated into 14 languages.
Prof. Dr. Dr. Nils Ole Oermann (Business Ethics)
Leuphana University, Lüneburg
Prof. Dr. Dr. Nils Ole OERMANN is a professor of ethics, whose special focus is on the ethics of business. He is a director of the Institute for Ethics and Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research at Leuphana University in Lüneburg. Since 2010, he has been a visiting professor of ethics and business ethics at the university of St. Gallen. Together with Prof. Rolf Schieder, he is also the academic director for the Program on Religion, Politics and Economics at Humboldt University, Berlin. From 2002 to 2004, Prof. Oermann worked with Wolfgang Schäuble in the field of European and foreign policy. From 2004 to 2007, he was also personal assistant to Horst Köhler, the then-president of the German republic, with whom he maintains a close working relationship.
Prof. Dr. Torsten Oltmanns (Business & Economics)
Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Munich
Prof. Dr. Torsten OLTMANNS is a partner and global marketing director at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in Berlin und Zurich. He is responsible for the marketing departments of the company’s 51 offices in 36 countries and he advises both private and public sector companies on strategic positioning. He studied political economy at the Cologne University and trained as a journalist for business and politics at the Cologne School of Journalism. Prof. Oltmanns is on the teaching staff at the University of Innsbruck, where he lectures on marketing and communication and he is also a visiting fellow at Oxford University.
Prof. Wolfgang Sattler (New Media)
Bauhaus University Weimar
Prof. Wolfgang SATTLER has, since 1993, been professor of product design at the design department of the Bauhaus University, Weimar. From 1983 to 1991 he worked as a designer and corporate identity consultant for Olivetti in both Ivrea and Milan, Italy. At the same time, he also taught at the design department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin. In 1990, he founded his own design studio, focusing on industrial design, exhibition design and interface design.