Community Now? Conflicts, Interventions, New Publics


Bilateral design research project

What does intercultural Community Building mean today? How can we connect engaged communities from Jerusalem and Berlin? The aim of the project is to develop design tools and strategies that strengthen the structures of communities and give them a new public. Through digital formats and local interventions like Living Labs, “Community Now?” develops alternative ways of empowerment and political participation. Beyond the familiar themes of diplomatic relations, we are interested in the understanding of individual citizens and in their commitment.

The project is an initiative of the German Society for Design Theory and Research (DGTF) and the Design Research Lab/BerlinUniversity of the Arts in collaboration with the Bezalel Academy for Art and Design. We established students exchange and an interdisciplinary collaboration between designers, scientists, public institutions and civil society initiatives. The results will be presented at the Symposium in February 2015, as well as in a subsequent publication.


Project Lead & Head Curator: Bianca Herlo

Research team: Andreas Unteidig, Jennifer Schubert, Bianca Herlo, Sarah Auslaender, Malte Bergmann, David Spectre
Associate researchers: Michelle Christensen, Florian Conradi

Project Team Bezalel: Michal Eitan, Sarah Auslaender, Liron Peretz, Ezri Tarazi

Designer, Co-Curator: Iohanna Nicenboim
Walks Production: Tal Siano

Student workers: Luis Fernando Colin, Franka Ismer

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost

Design Research Project by:
DGTF, UdK Berlin


Jüdisches Museum Berlin
Hand in Hand/Yad Be Yad

Funded by:
Future Forum Foundation (DIZF)

Our partner for the Living Lab:
MadaMe am Mehringplatz