Cities and Design 2016 Cities for citizenship

euskera castellano inglés


17:00 Registrations

17:30 Opening

17:40 Karl Stocker. Social design

While the glittering aesthetics of consumer goods propel us to create modern “ego images”, there is another side to contemporary design besides the urge to consume, one that focuses on social relevance in the design of cultural objects. Socio-Design has gained more popularity during times of social upheaval. The lecture presents recent international design projects that have achieved a stabilizing and equilibrating effect in the context of a new design order.

18:00 Fabrizio Alessio.  Twowheels project

In his presentation, he will talk about the Twowheels project, which consists in redesigning a sports wheelchair, so that it can be easily and economically produced using digital manufacturing techniques. The project was considered one of the 30 best in the 2014 Global Award and ADI Design Index 2014 Selection.

18:20 Ane AbarrategiElkartoki project

Her presentation will deal with the Elkartoki project, an experimental programme that is developed in school playgrounds in order to imagine interventions that transform them, taking the people who make up the school community as the main idea of the project.

18:35 Eberhard Schrempf. Creative initiatives in the city of Graz

18:55 KooperaUpcycling project

The Koopera Upcycling project is a line of product that is born with the intention of recovering the articles that the society discards to give them a new utility. To that end the objects that have reached the end of their useful life are put to various transformation processes until they become new functional products. The redesign is carried out by people from Socio-Labour Integration Workshops of Caritas, generating resources for people at risk of exclusion.

19:10 Alessandro SquatritoJasmina House initiative

His presentation will focus on the different projects he has led and in particular those he is developing for Arduino, including “The house connected with open source technologies” or how these technologies can be integrated into the design of home furnishing.

19:30 Roundtable

20:00 Closing

Date: November 30, 2016 · Space: Euskalduna Jauregia



Karl Stocker
Karl Stocker is a historian, director of exhibitions and head of the Department of Design of Exhibitions and Information of the University of Applied Sciences of Graz.
He is currently a lecturer at the University of Krems, the Berlin Art University, and the Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul; Director and founder of Bisdato Exhibition & Museum Design, as well as director of scientific research projects and member of the Council of Graz UNESCO City of Design.
He is also author and publisher of books, among his immediate projects is the launch of a new title dedicated to social innovation.

Fabrizio Alessio
Fabrizio Alessio, designer, specialist in digital manufacture and Fablabs.

Eberhard Schrempf

Eberhard Schrempf is a cultural advisor and design specialist trained at the University of Graz. He has been deputy director of the Graz Cultural Capital 2003 project, Councilor of the European Union; and entrepreneur and manager of different projects of art and culture; he is currently director of Creative Industries Styria, a Graz-based agency whose aim is to promote the creative economy in the region.


Koopera is a second-degree cooperative that has the participation of social initiative cooperatives and integration companies. Its objective is the socio-labour integration of people in situation or risk of exclusion through activities of environmental services, reuse and recycling, sustainable consumption, training and assistance.

Ane Abarrategi

Ane Abarrategi is a co-founder of Ttipi Studio and has a wide experience in the social field, mainly in matters related to citizen participation, collaborative design and urban space.

Alessandro Squatrito

Alessandro Squatrito is an industrial designer, specialist in furniture design and digital production issues. He is currently working for Arduino c.c., managing Jasmina House, an experimental project for the application of the Internet of Things to the home.