«PostAlpin - Design and sustainable value creation in alpine regions»

Design contributes to economic and social added value in individual companies and thus to sustainable developments – or even stimulates these developments. This position has been examined macroeconomically and has been statistically proven. In contrast, the microeconomic effects of design in value chains and the impact of design-driven innovation in regions that have experienced specific social and economic development in the context of their geographical and political situation have not been sufficiently explored. The example of Switzerland is often based on alpine and / or rural regions, which have developed partly unilateral economic potential, structures and infrastructures that can no longer be adequately exploited due to changing economic constellations and the resulting changes in demand. 

This knowledge gap defines the potential for research projects within the strategic framework of the Institute Integrative Design, as it focuses on the integrative mechanisms with which design participates in the emergence of sustainable innovation. The question arises as to how far design can be used as an alternative economic perspective for the development of alternative products, services and processes in order to preserve the infrastructures and the economic potential in these regions, thereby counteracting emigration and economic decline.

The project is divided into two phases: 

1.  Data collection and analysis in Switzerland and neighboring countries as well as internationally comparable regions;

2. The generation of design-driven processes in selected mountain and rural regions as research and development projects.

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