All forces are needed to avert climate collapse. Design is not the least responsible: according to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, up to 80% of a product’s impact on the environment is determined by its design. Designers can have a correspondingly far-reaching influence on the ecological footprint of a product – in both positive and negative ways. Since its foundation, the Design Center Baden-Württemberg has devoted itself intensively to economic, conceptual and ecological aspects of the design of products, services or interfaces. With RETHINK:DESIGN, the centre has launched a series thematically focussed on the climate impact of design with best-practice examples, interviews, lectures and workshops, the aim of which is to show perspectives that promote a climate-friendly transformation of the economy and society. Special newsletters are to present research and entrepreneurial concepts on resource use, emissions, circular economy and climate protection and make clear “how design is being rethought to meet today’s and, above all, tomorrow’s challenges”. In addition, experts at RETHINK:DESIGN will “present the complexity of sustainability and climate protection in interviews, lectures and workshops, point out possible solutions and plead for a changed view”.
On 19 May from 6 p.m., the online lecture “The Future Starts Today”! by Prof. Tina Kammer will take place as part of RETHINK:DESIGN. The aim is not only to discuss the extent to which the transformation from a linear throw-away society to a circular economy is calling the previous design process into question, but also to highlight the opportunities that arise from the change. Tina Kammer has been following developments in the field of sustainability for more than 30 years. After working in brand architecture for companies such as BMW, MINI and IBM and developing international retail concepts for HUGO BOSS AG, she founded InteriorPark, a company specialising in sustainable design and sustainability strategies, in 2010 together with Andrea Herold. Since 2022, she has been building up the sustainable building department at the IU International University of Applied Sciences in Bad Honnef as a professor of architecture.
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