Civic City Civic Design 2014–2015
“Visible or invisible: design in international organizations”

Civic City Civic Design 2014–2015
“Visible or invisible: design in international organizations”

Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD)

Daniel Berset, Broken Chair, 1997. Wood, 12 m
high. Project lead by Paul Vermeulen, made for
the NGO Handicap International. © Pius Lee /
June 17, 2014
Civic City Civic Design 2014–2015 “Visible or invisible: design in international organizations”

Application deadline: June 30, 2014

Civic City Civic Design 2014–2015 

Organized by the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD) in collaboration with the Graduate Institute, Geneva.

The 2014–2015 academic year will offer:
– A series of ten two-day seminars open to all professionals in the various fields of design, architecture and art, as well as social sciences, politics and diplomacy; and professions relating to governmental and non-governmental organizations. Each seminar, run by a moderator, will focus on a specific theme and will bring together between four and eight experts. Most of the seminars will be held in Geneva, in various buildings belonging to the international organizations; one will be held in New York in collaboration with the New School, and the other in the UNESCO building in Paris.
– History of the international organizations and changes in their ways of representation.
– Information design and cartography to reveal more clearly what is illegible.
– Rituals and other ceremonial writings of the international organizations
Architecture and design, from government buildings to refugee camps
Identification and information systems in the international organizations
Coexistence of languages, use of local symbols and forms of representation
– Representations of human beings, especially those who are suffering
– Different approaches to design in response to crisis situations
Ways of representing peace as seen through the history of GOs and NGOs
– The international organizations call on citizens to change the world
A University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO) Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) course on civic design, open to a group of some 15 research students and experts from various disciplines who wish to conduct research into issues concerning the topics raised during the seminars. The courses will be held on either one or two days, immediately before or after the seminar so that participants from other countries will not have to make a separate journey. A final presentation of the research will take place in late summer 2015. Some of the research may be continued later in a professional setting.
– Professors and speakers (list under construction): Davide Rodogno, professor at Graduate Institute, Geneva; Philippe Rekacewicz, geographer, cartographer and information designer; Sébastien Thiéry, political scientist and co-founder of PEROU, in collaboration with the Graduate Institute; Philip Ursprung, architectural historian and professor at ETH Zurich; Jean-François Riffaud, former director of the French Red Cross Committee; Christiane Perregaux, linguist and professor at the University of Geneva; Vera Baur, Civic City; Giulio Vinaccia, designer, Milan; Tim Marshall, Provost of the New School in New York; Cédric Dupont, Graduate Institute, Geneva.

The programme will be run by Ruedi and Vera Baur of the Civic City Civic Design institute, where the interdisciplinary skills of designers, sociologists, political scientists, architects and urban planners are brought to bear on issues relating to the city and contemporary society.

Duration: two semesters
Qualification awarded: Certificate of Advanced Studies (20 Ects)
Download application form here.

Applications should be sent to: [email protected]
or by priority post to:
Marine Ben Hassel
Bd James-Fazy 15
CH-1201 Geneva

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