What is sustainability? People give very different answers to this question.
What is sustainability? People give very different answers to this question. Julia Knop/LAIF-REA/laif

Headline: Art-Science Cooperations for Sustainability

The project and networking activities pursued in this research group address public and private perceptions of sustainability and (un-)sustainable development. Its activities focus on individual and institutional understandings of sustainability, narrative structures of communication in societal debates, and - as a particular focus since 2021 - on shaping and co-designing (communicative) spaces, processes, tools, insights, and entertainment formats.

This work engages with actors across society but especially within the arts and creative industries (cultural industries), who hold enormous potential for the exploration of new social spaces and innovative forms of collaboration and social activation. Our researchers seek to foster collaboration between the arts and science, to raise awareness and improve our understanding of existing collaborations in the context of science, and to explore how policy frameworks could improve our ability to harness the transformation knowledge generated by artists and designers.

Projects

Art-Science Cooperations for Sustainability

Transformations are processes of fundamental change. As such, their scope is not limited to issues of substance. Rather, it extends to matters of design and form, and values and perceptions. Expertise in the broad field of aesthetics can be found among designers, scholars of the humanities and, above all, among artists. This is reflected in their growing involvement in and willingness to initiate projects to foster sustainable development - whether it be in the field of urban development, product design or organisational and process design.

Sustainable Housing (NachWo) - Sustainability as a Guiding Concept for Urban Development Projects

The city of Norderstedt is one of eight German cities to make it into the third round of the "Zukunftsstadt" (Future City) competition organised by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The purpose of this programme is to encourage municipalities to get involved in research on sustainable transformation. A three-year collaboration on Sustainable Housing (NachWO) between Norderstedt and the IASS started in August 2019. The aim here is to generate practical knowledge for new sustainable housing projects.

Completed Projects

Narratives and Images of Sustainability

What are the principal narratives in the field of sustainable development research? What does the success or failure of political narratives depend on? Researchers in this project explore how and by whom sustainability is 'narrated' and understood and make suggestions for successful narratives. They also examine how art can foster dialogue on sustainability.

Norderstedt City of the Future - Project phase I

How can motorised traffic be reduced in a prosperous city of 80,000 inhabitants located in a busy metropolitan area? How can public spaces be revitalised? These are the kinds of questions raised by the implementation of the UN sustainable development goals and the pursuit of local sustainability objectives in Norderstedt. IASS researchers are helping the city find effective and practical answers to them.

Norderstedt City of the Future - Project phase II

How can motorised traffic be reduced in a prosperous city of 80,000 inhabitants located in a busy metropolitan area? How can public spaces be revitalised? These are the kinds of questions raised by the implementation of the UN sustainable development goals and the pursuit of local sustainability objectives in Norderstedt. IASS researchers are helping the city find effective and practical answers to them.