• In order to pay respect to plurality and dissent, the choice of the project’s
    colours is more of a composition of contrasts than a single key-colour.

  • Furniture for a family whose house was burnt down,
    realised by the Design Studio Savamala – Belgrade, HR.
    A project of HFBK - Hamburg University and the Goethe Institute.
    Mentoring: Prof. Jesko Fezer.

  • “Shelter – Calais, France, February 2009” by Henk Wildschut – Amsterdam, NL.

  • Left side: “FRONTEX - Sample Fence“ by Michael Hughes – Berlin, DE.
    Right side: “Clash“ by Edith Forizs – Pforzheim, DE.

  • “Last Resort“ by Sophie Dyer – Glasgow, SCO.

  • Left side: Noem Held – Amsterdam, NL.
    Right side: Nora Christea – Karlsruhe, DE.

  • Concept of a touring exhibition for displaying the submitted entries in the public sphere. The exhibtion is divided by the three submission categories Coexistance, Communication and Living Space.

  • The idea for the storey-system is based on the understanding of diversification and consensus, resulting in free yet closed compo­sitions.

  • Detail of an exhibition-storey, the most distant exhibits are bigger than the ones in front of the visitor. The open form of the stories is for applying to new spatial situations, to shrink or extend the exhibition.

  • In the middle of the exhibition, is a carpet for creating a common ground of discourse, encounter and presentation of the publication.

  • For creating a narrative mood and introductive dramaturgy, fragments of Europe’s history are placed on the borders of the exhibition. Other fragments are a Greek depiction of the goddess Europa, a Euro-banknote or relevant newspaper-covers.

“Future Europe“ is the BA-Thesis of Reinhard Schmidt in Visual Communication, at the University of Pforzheim, DESIGN PF, Faculty for Design.

Thanks to the great support of all collaborators, this project was made possible.

Simon Becker, Nora Christea, Sophie C. Dyer, Edith Fórizs, Moritz Fuhrmann, Virsavija Fuhrman, Lukas Galantay, Adrià Gómez, Edgar Gonzalez, Stephan Gross, Felix Gunzler, Lenia Hauser, Julian David Hepner, Fabian Heisig, Noem Held, Viktor Hertz, Pascal Hoch, Guillermo Aguilar Huerta, Michael Hughes, Susanne Hügel, Marianne Kampel, Moritz Kickler, Peter Kraft, Clemens van der Lelie, Leopold Lenzgeiger, Gonzalo Sánchez de Lollano, Tim Nebert, Max Prediger, Anastasiia Prosochkina, Stefanie Rau, Nikola Rikanovic, Davide Richter, Matthew Sanders, Julia Schmutz, Marco Ugolini, Raphael Volkmer, Helge Wadewitz, Jochen Maria Weber, Karen Weinert, Henk Wildschut, Paulo Wirz, Elif Yuca, Elena Zaera, Benjamin Zollinger and Pauline Zorbach.

Prof. Alice Chi and Prof. Matthias Siegert.

Joanna Warsza, Jesko Fezer and Paula Gracia.

Editorial review:
Ben Kaden and Brittani Sonnenberg.

Angelo Stitz, Matthias Groß and Jens Buss.

Printing of the publication:
Engelhardt & Bauer, Karlsruhe.

Printing of the project report:
Schwarz auf Weiss, Freiburg.

Buchbinderei Ernst, Ettlingen.

P22 Underground Pro family.

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“Future Europe” is a compilation of ideas and perspectives on the future of Europe’s living environments.

In a dynamic understanding of the term “Europe” as an ever-changing idea, lies a chance, a space and a moment for reinterpreting Europe’s future.

The project attempts to enrich the debate about the future of Europe which currently appears to be dominated foremost by economical and strategic issues. Given the extent of the original idea of a European identity, there is obviously a need to counterbalance these rather limited ways of how to think and imagine “Europe”.

Creative practice and interventions inherit such a counterbalancing power. The creative disciplines draft, explore, play and prototype. They have not only the potential but probably even the duty to intervene, to communicate aims and provide alternatives and to publicly question the current state. Starting by questioning the role of oneself.

The contributions to this project are coming mostly from students and young professionals and express a multitude of views on how a Europe of the future can be envisioned.

By publishing this body of work, the project aims to be a tool for discourse within the public sphere.

For further reading, see the essay “How Europe is constituted trough it’s created manifestations”.

  • View of the compilation table at the Graduation show of Pforzheim University on 12th and 13th of July 2013. In collaboration with the artist and industrial-designer Maximilian Michaelis.

  • The table is made out of a single panel of fabric and two ascending wooden pieces. It is divided by the project’s topics and can be joined without any screws.

  • Detail on the table: „Knowing is Understanding”, lasercut mdf-plate, original exhibit.