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Friday 21st January 2022

WUP Design - Product Design

Design a tree & model making

Lecturers: N. Cohen, S. Kehrle, A. Keller, M. Pötz

Starting with recognizing a tree as a complex machine or object, learning the importance of measures and how to use them as communication tool, discovering the roles of colors and how to work with them, making models with different materials and level of complexity; all this steps brought us to develop our product design proposals.


The Conscious Self-Portrait

Lecturers: R. Previdi, S. Schneider, G. Glüher, M. Verdross, J. Frank, M. Boiger

According to the Google dictionary, a free open-source thesaurus referring to the Oxford Dictionary, consciousness is “the state of being aware of and responsive to one's surroundings”, while somebody self-conscious is one “feeling undue awareness of oneself, one’s appearance, or one’s actions”. It is thus clear, that self-consciousness is a state of mind that is not generated within or by the self, but only as a consequence of an underlying condition of consciousness, and insofar in awareness of what and who lies outside of the self. The central and recurring subject of the course is the self-portrait as a means of perception of the artist him/herself as such in relation to the material as well as social environment they find themselves surrounded by.

Product Design


Lecturers: F. Faccin, A. Mason, S. Groll

A tratti il mondo può apparire pesante, opaco e inerte, la leggerezza deve essere una costante del progettista, un'attitudine che dobbiamo avere verso il pianeta e la natura. È una delle possibili strade per accedere ad un livello di sostenibilità superiore e uno stimolo all’ invenzione. Sometimes the world can appear heavy, opaque, and inert. Lightness must be a constant for the designer, an attitude we must have towards the planet and nature. It is one of the possible ways to access a higher level of sustainability and a stimulus to invention.

Product Design

ATELIERprojekte WS21/22 In-between project and production

Lecturers: K. Prey, F. Sommacal, G. Festi

“ATELIERprojekte” is conceived as a design experience, aimed at refining and testing technique, creativity, personal organization, research, and communication. After the study of diverse typologies of product and companies, each student freely chose a personal project to work with, consisting in an object to develop, also imagining its potential producer. The path is completed by a rich formation in digital modelling and a theoretical deepening of communicative issues touched by the project itself.

Product Design

Care. A New Foundation for Design?

Lecturers: K. Hackl, R. Berrone, H. Höger

During the pandemic, solidarity with others in need has returned to the centre of our attention. Care is not only a basic principle of social cohesion, but also an important motivation for a sustainable and socially responsible design. To explore the role of design in the field of care, we started a collaboration with the Neumarkt-based furniture company Rossin.

Visual Communication

Books are not dead! (Yet)

Lecturers: P. Corraini, G. Camillini, G. Glüher

The book is dead! Really? No, not once again?  This project investigates how the book as a medium is changing nowadays, showing and exploiting its ability to create stories capable of crossing time and space.

Visual Communication


Lecturers: T. Mayfried, M. Galluzzo, E. De Cecco

The concept of identity is complex. Individuals, social minorities or majorities, but also larger organizations such as states claim the legitimacy of ‹their› valid identity. All over the world we can observe how the term is instrumentalized to enforce political interests of exclusion or homogenization. Therefore, the project aims at questions of individual and social identity, pluralism and heterogeneity.

Visual Communication

Cuocere il mondo

Lecturers: G. Camuffo, A. Facchetti, M. Barison

What we cook and eat today hides behind an intricate labyrinth of questions, unresolved issues, critical points, fears and threats. The "Cuocere il mondo" course starts from these questions, with the idea of mapping and addressing the issues and criticalities linked to the food system and its impact on the current environmental crisis.

Visual Communication

B is for Bauhaus

Lecturers: C. Upmeier, G. Seta, E. Rattalino

The project deals with graphic identities for institutions. We worked on various aspects of corporate design and visitor orientation, using the example of the Bauhaus Museum Weimar. This allowed for a unique integration of visual communication for a concrete with the visual culture and design history of an important case: The Bauhaus Design school (1919–1933).

Studio Image

Dick Pics & Mug Shots. Political Dimensions of Medialized Body Representations

Lecturer: E. Leitolf, G. Cordin, G. Duarte

Bodies are trimmed, shaped, manipulated and evaluated, they are shared and sent, controlled, monitored, used and exploited. It's about markings, interpretative sovereignty, belonging and exclusion. It's about the exercise of power, self-empowerment, technical possibilities and economic interests. Bodies and our dealings with them are political.

Studio Interact

L’impulso alla contaminazione

Lecturers: I. Zuffi, H. Egger, F. Tarquini

The body as a chosen place of expression. Bodies that test each other, in distance and in proximity. Live action, through interaction, determines exchange of substances, memory, profusion, questions. The impulse to contamination is the need to mix, it is clash, it is attraction and intolerance, whiteness and dirtiness.

Studio Space

Space for one. One space

Lecturers: M. Bartolini, L. Trevisani, A. Metzner-Szigeth

To taste and highlight the impact of the individual on the world. Becoming aware that objects they all tend to be part of hyperobjects, and that each of our acts is crucial in the formation of the world to come. A necessary act that imagination must meet matter in order to define the occult and visible parts of the same object, the object to which we all ultimately belong, the world.  

Master in Eco-Social Design

TPP – Thesis preparation project / Design 3, incl. Design Research

Lecturers: A. Franceschini, S. Ugur Yavuz, J. Schubert

The things we want are transformative. The idea or the form that has not yet arrived is what must be found. It is the job of designers to open doors and invite in the unknown, the unfamiliar; it is where their work comes from, although its arrival signals the beginning of the long disciplined process of making it their own. Scientists too live always at the ‘edge of mystery’– the boundary of the unknown. But designers transform the unknown, they haul it in like fisherman. - A Variation on Rebecca Solnit, Field Guide to Getting LostIn Project 3, we walked through these unknown paths to arrive to final thesis project proposals tackling themes, such as equity, gender-balance, conviviality, care, commons, more-than human perspectives, right to repair, post-industrialization, food sovereignty, mobility, waste management, degrowth.

Master Eco-Social Design / Project 1 in Eco-Social Design

Transforming the City by Care 2

Lecturer: K. Krois

9 teams are working with the social cooperative OfficineVispa and other actors in Bolzano Don Bosco towards more solidary and sustainable futures. Particular attention is given to the diverse social practices of care, and to social infrastructures, which are enabling dwellers and stakeholders to care for each other, for the built environment and nature.

Interior & Exhibit Design

We are the barbarians, the Indians, the blacks, the southerners

Lecturers: R. Gigliotti, D. Ferrando

The course is based on the fictional acquisition by part of the European Union of the Venezuela Pavilion designed in 1954 by Carlo Scarpa in the Giardini of the Venice Biennale. The building is the context within which the students are asked to conceive and design the first exhibition of the EU Pavilion: a (late) entry to the 2021 Architecture Biennale titled “How will we live together?”.

Artistic practices 1 and 2

Bench, floor, monument

Lecturer: M. Cassani

Bench, Floor, monument is a series of exercises investigating the very notion of public space and its possible uses or appropriations. Every student produced, as a first step, a video focusing respectively benches, floors and monuments: the primary ingredients of a public space. As a second step, they developed a public and site-specific installation documented here.

Design & Materials

Do It Yourself Materials

Lecturer: A. van Bezooijen

What if you could make our own materials? With the right ingredients, open source recipes and professional kitchen tools, we were able to make (and bake) almost anything. We sourced local scraps in Don Bosco, explored renewable hemp at BASIS Vinschgau Venosta, and started a do it yourself materials collection for all – on display at the BITZ unibz fablab.