An exhibition presenting winners of the 2011 Victor J. Papanek Social Design Award
June 18 – July 15, 2012
Opening reception: Wednesday, June 20, 6 – 8 pm


This exhibition celebrates the outcome of the inaugural “Design for the Real World Redux” international social design competition taking place from March to June 2011, organized by the Victor J. Papanek Foundation at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, in partnership with the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.

Forty years ago, Viennese-born designer and thinker Victor J. Papanek published his influential book Design for the Real World in which he put forth the idea that “design, if it is to be ecologically responsible and socially responsive, must be revolutionary and radical”—a concept which formed the point of departure for this global endeavor.

A total of 92 submissions were received from 20 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, South Africa, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States. From these submissions the jury selected 17 projects — 4 winners of the Victor J. Papanek Social Design Award and 13 finalists — which will be exhibited at White Box.

The winning projects were Wendy Brawer and Green Map System’s “Open Green Map” social mapping platform, which highlights thousands of sustainable living, natural and cultural sites in communities worldwide; Lauren Busto and Yves Béhar’s and Fuseproject’s “OLPC XO-3 Tablet,” a children’s educational tool for worldwide distribution; Lars Vedeler, Marc Hoogendijk, Sophie Thornander, Karin Lidman, and Kristin Tobiassen’s “Jani Sanitary Pad” made from biodegradable biopolymers and water hyacinth paper; and Planetary ONE + Terreform ONE’s “Urbaneering Brooklyn 2110: Ecological City of the Future,” a collaboration for urban environment strategies.

The list of finalists includes Kristina Drury and St. John’s Bread & Life (New York), Gianpaolo Fusari (Great Britain), EOOS Design (Austria), Anatoliy Omelchenko (New York), Talia Radford and Juan Sebastian Gomez (Austria), Angie Rattay (Austria), Hilla Rudanko and Annsi Kankunnen (Finland), Elizabeth Schultz, Zane Coffin, Sung Jun Kim, and Jung Min Lee (Georgia), Yasaman Sheri (Canada), Lars Vedeler (Oslo), and Alberto Vasquez (Hungary).

The competition was judged by an international panel consisting of: Gerald Bast (President, University of Applied Arts Vienna), Alison J. Clarke (Chair, Design History and Theory, University of Applied Arts Vienna), Holly Hotchner (Director, Museum of Arts and Design), Ronald Labaco (Curator, Museum of Arts and Design), David McFadden, (Chief Curator, Museum of Arts and Design), Katarina Posch (Associate Professor, History of Art and Design, Pratt Institute), Fiona Raby (Principal, Dunne and Raby), Stefan Sagmeister (Graphic Designer), Andreas Stadler (Director, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York), John Thackara (Director, Doors of Perception), and Allan Chochinov (Editor-in-Chief, Core 77).