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Culture(s) of Sustainability -5th Sustainable Summer School for young designers

Today, the topic of sustainability is often treated as a technological, political and economic problem. In order to also intensively consider the cultural dimension of sustainability the 5th Sustainable Summer School takes place under the topic "Cultures of Sustainability" in Jülich. Young designers and professionals from all over the world are invited to develop sustainable solutions and to see sustainability not only as a challenge but also as a chance. Several Institutions are partners of the Summer School e.g. the Wuppertal Institute, the Wuppertal University, the Folkwang University and the ecosign-academy. For more information, refer to the website of the 5th Sustainable Summer School.

Sustainable Summer School Designwalks


The Sustainable Summer School Designwalks actively promotes international network building for sustainable design. The aim is to foster inter and trans-disciplinary research in the field of resource-efficiency and sustainability. Emphasis is laid on developing and launching innovative and resource efficient Product Service Systems. For this purpose, leading design institutions, companies and research institutions meet and cooperate.
Educational institutions only rarely integrate ecological and / or sustainability aspects in design courses. Even when they are included, their integration remains peripheral. To close this gap, the Sustainable Summer School provides design students and those of adjacent fields the opportunity to learn about methods for successfully integrating ecological and / or sustainability aspects with their own design work. Furthermore, they have the opportunity to get in touch with experts.

Having been initiated by six institutions, the Sustainable Summer School took place for the second time this year. It is an annual innovation campus for sustainable design.
Due to the help of all partners, a broad international network has evolved. The Summer School's website has become an international communication platform for sustainable design related issues. It also aims at providing designers with teaching and study material as well as examples and concepts related to the topic. Participants will soon be able to develop concepts in an interactive way and to get in touch with partners from adjacent design and research areas. The vision is to develop a "virtual campus" that is frequented by researchers and business partners alike.
In workshops lasting one to six weeks or at summer/winter schools taking place at an innovation campus, students and professionals from general design and product design courses will create innovative and resource efficient Product Service Systems in an inter and trans-disciplinary fashion. Furthermore, students and professionals from other relevant disciplines such as engineering, business, and social sciences are invited to contribute to this process.

These concepts are then further developed in innovation workshops or "living labs" (


Vereinigung der Freunde des Wuppertal Instituts e.V. more

Project partner:
University of Wuppertal more
Folkwang Universität der Künste more
University of Lucerne more
Ecosign / Academy for Design more
UNEP/Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production more


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