In the first part of the project, the students dealt with their individual portfolios. This resulted in a one-minute showreel with which they tried to position themselves and sketched out possible scenarios, fantasies and speculations for the future. After the solo show came the cooperation: the Lucerne city planning department put three concrete situations in public space up for debate, which the designers were to design as a pop-up park. In mixed teams, they asked themselves where they could contribute their specific skills and how the demands of sustainable design could be realised. Ideas were materialised, designed, tested, checked and elaborated, and the projects were prototyped and modelled. The partner organisation for materialisation and test actions was the recently opened OffCut market for materials in Lucerne.
In the first part of the interdisciplinary module, each student was asked to look at their own work and to summarise their own competence profile in a showreel. The result was a portfolio without words that reflects, classifies and communicates one's own work. In the second part of the project, the change of perspective was practised. Tailor-made projects were developed in interdisciplinary teams and the students slipped into the role of the client of a fictitious task on the one hand. On the other hand, they acted as a design agency that had to implement the design assignment to the satisfaction of their clients.
Km 0 - from here we measure
With the SDG#12: Responsible Consumption and Production and the associated concept of the Circular Economy, our profession is directly addressed. What role do we as designers play in the global structure? Where can we get involved in this circular economy?
Starting from our new location on the site of the Viscosi City - our new Km 0 - the students of textile and object design explored the surroundings for possible fields of action. This field research, but also workshops, thought games and theoretical inputs formed the basis on which products or services based on the concept of circularity were developed. Trying out, playing through and reflecting were in the foreground, failure was explicitly allowed.
The projects were submitted to the CUMULUS GREEN AWARD 2020.
In the daring Cybercity project, producer Mirko Borscht transforms three disused halls on the Viscosi site into a walk-in film studio where the boundaries between reality and the virtual dissolve. The students of object design and textile design dive into this universe and develop in mixed teams visions for various elements of the production. Their expansive installations, portable sound objects and equipment of entire cyber-clans contribute significantly to the aesthetics and materialization of the staging. In March and April 2019 the play was performed at the Viscosi site.
In cooperation with office furniture manufacturer Bigla AG, students analyze office trends, formulate visions and translate them into prototypes.
Opus Co Opera
Under the creative direction of Kostas Murkudis, Object Design and Textile Design students created a stage set for a production of Claudio Monteverdi’s Marienvesper (1610) on behalf of the Theater Luzern. The play was performed in April 2017 at the Jesuit Church of Lucerne.
How Far Is Here? On the Viscosity of Spaces
In 2015 the Lucerne School of Design, Film and Art relocated to Viscosistadt in Emmenbrücke. The design of the new lounge area fell to groups of students specialising in Interior Design, Object Design and Textile Design, forming interdisciplinary teams whom the university commissioned to produce competition entry proposals. The winning project was realised in the lobby area in front of the cinema. The lounge provides additional seating for the nearby cafeteria, or can be used simply as a place to meet, wait or mingle.
Open Water, Open Space
The former municipal public baths in Biregg was shut down but then given a new lease of life as the “Neubad”, a centre for cultural events and gastronomy that also provides artists’ studios, new employment opportunities and, not least, a vital impetus for Lucerne’s urban development. A student group was commissioned to plan the location’s new temporary usage in light of its historical connection with water.
How can a tourist’s experience of the city be shaped so as to remain lastingly memorable? What are tourists’ needs today, and what will they be in the future? What makes Lucerne attractive and exclusive? And how might design heighten the city’s appeal? Student groups took an interdisciplinary approach to answering these questions and then presented their findings in the form of an exhibition produced together with the Historisches Museum Luzern entitled REMEMBER LUCERNE – TOURISMUS GESTALTEN (DESIGNING TOURISM), which ran there from 27.09.2013 to 09.03.2014.
Doppelleben (Dual Existence)
Who has never imagined leading a double life, either in secret or in their fantasy? Students of Material Design, Object Design, Textile Design and Interior Design examined this question in a multidisciplinary project.
La Table (The Table)
This was the first multidisciplinary semester project produced by the Schools of Design, Film and Art and of Engineering and Architecture from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, tackling the questions: How does our dining table look? How might we best design it? In multidisciplinary groups, students of Textile Design, Object Design, Material Design and Interior Design elaborated initial concepts that then served as inspiration for their individual design proposals.