Vermehrt Schönes!

Design creates added value for local communities! The social design format Stadtarbeit facilitates projects that address the permanent transformation of our urban and social fabric: projects that search for concrete answers and seek to use design resources as social levers.

In the run-up to the festival, the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK and Erste Bank issued an open call entitled Tauschen – Teilen – Handeln (Exchange – Share – Act), which invited all interested parties to submit projects, ideas, and concepts that address the issue of social cooperation in the Focus District of Mariahilf. The three interventions selected by an expert jury employ three completely different approaches (Ramen! Expo! Clothing exchange!), each of which realizes the potential of existing structures by bringing together the residents and the businesses of the district. They invite everyone to get involved and encourage interaction between local players, designers, and all visitors to the festival.

This is the eighth year in which an expert jury has selected projects for the Erste Bank ExtraVALUE Design Award. The prize includes an implementation budget that enables the three selected projects to be realized during the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK 2022 as part of the format Stadtarbeit.

Jury members: Clemens Foschi (Caritas, Archdiocese of Vienna), Martina Frühwirth (Vienna City Council, Department MA 19), Gabriel Roland and Viktoria Hauser (VIENNA DESIGN WEEK), Ruth Goubran and Theres Fischill (Erste Bank)