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Papanek Lecture

The biennial Papanek Lecture takes place in memory of the Viennese-born design thinker and critic Victor J. Papanek (1923–1998). Papanek’s design criticism combined acute analysis with populist tone, generating a unique form of polemic, inspring a generation of designers and thinkers to incorporate human factors into the making of the material world. His body of work, made available worldwide through his enthusiastic dissemination, continues to inform a new generation of practitioners and policy makers keen to adopt alternative, and transdisciplinary, approaches to design.



Eyal Weizman
The Architectural Sensorium

22 Sept 2017, 18:00
Austrian Embassy, 18 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PX
Professor Eyal Weizman, Architect,  Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures and Director of Forensic Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London will deliver the 2017 Papanek Lecture.

In recent years Forensic Architecture began using novel research methods to undertake a series of investigations into human rights abuses. Today, the group provides crucial evidence for international courts and works with a wide range of activist groups, NGOs, Amnesty International, and the UN. 

Beyond shedding new light on human rights violations and state crimes across the globe, Forensic Architecture has also created a new form of investigative practice that bears its name. The group uses architecture as an optical device to investigate armed conflicts and environmental destruction, as well as to cross-reference a variety of evidence sources, such as new media, remote sensing, material analysis, witness testimony, and crowd sourcing.

In this lecture Eyal Weizman, the group’s founder, provides an in-depth introduction to the history, practice, assumptions, potentials, and double binds of this practice.



Felicity D. Scott
Planetary and Interplanetary Housekeeping
27 May 2015, 18:00

Exhibition Centre Heiligenkreuzer Hof, Schönlaterngasse 5, 1010, Vienna, Austria
Felicity D. Scott, director of the PhD program and co-director of the program in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture (CCCP) at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation will deliver the 2015 Papanek Lecture.



Vinay Venkatraman

Frugal Digital Design? Technology for the Underserved
14 Nov 2013, 18:00
AULA der Wissenschaften, Wollzeile 27a, 1010 Vienna, Austria

Vinay Venkatraman, co-founder of Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID) and TED speaker, addresses the issue of digital design in alternative and emerging economies and challenge assumptions around the politics of low-tech solutions for the Global South.



John Thackara
Design for the Real Real World

10 Nov 2011, 18.00
University of Applied Arts, Vienna, 1010, Vienna, Austria

The Inaugural Victor J. Papanek Lecture was presented by John Thackara, leading Sustainable Futures Thinker, Director and Founder of Doors of Perception, France, and considered the ways in which globalised systems of provision could be challenged by more humane and envrionmentally favourable local models.