Brave New Alps

About

We produce design projects that engage people in discussing and reconfiguring the politics of social and environmental issues. We combine design research methods with radical pedagogy, community economies and DIY making. We create a diversity of outputs, including spaces for making, learning and exchanging; commoning and community-building processes; events such as workshops and conferences; walks; mappings; documentations; installations. We also enjoy feminist theory, writing, (self)publishing research outputs, printing with our Risograph and good graphic design.

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Brave New Alps started out in 2005 as a collaboration between Bianca Elzenbaumer and Fabio Franz. In 2012, we registered as a cultural association in Italy in an attempt to explore what legal and organisational framework can support an eco-social design practice that wants to operate beyond the market, that is, outside the conventional client-designer framework.

Currently the association is formed by: Fabio Franz, Bianca Elzenbaumer, Martina Dandolo, Paolo Plotegher, Giovanna Zanghellini, Caterina Giuliani, Giampiero Benvenuti, Lucia Farinati and Richard Crow.

Designers who are (or were) part of the team of Brave New Alps are Caterina Giuliani, Gaja Mežnaric Osole, Raphael Volkmer, Riccardo Govoni, Maria Pasqualini, Beatrice Borso and Vittorio Veronesi.

RESEARCH BIANCA ELZENBAUMER
Since July 2016: Associate Professor in Design Research at Leeds Arts University (UK)
September 2014 – June 2016: Research Fellow at Leeds Arts University

RESEARCH FABIO FRANZ
Since July 2016: Research assistant on the project Mapping Eco-Social Design at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (IT)
Since October 2014: Ph.D. candidate at the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield (UK)

RESEARCH NETWORKS WE ARE PART OF
Centre for the study of invention and social process
Community Economies Research Network
Eco-Nomadic School
Participatory Geographies Research Group

TEACHING
Since 2016
Fabio teaches visual design on the MA Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Trento (IT)
Since 2014
Bianca contributes with one module per year to the MA Creative Practice at Leeds Arts University
2012
Brave New Alps have been teaching as project activators at Campus in Camps, an experimental study programme in the Dheisheh Refugee Camp, run by Al-Quds University/Bard College, occupied Palestinian territories
2012-2014
Bianca taught on the BA contextual studies course The Expanded Designer at Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts, London
2011-2013
Bianca has been intensely teaching on the MA Design & Environment at Goldsmiths, University of London
2006-2007
Fabio taught on the first-year BA course Warm-up at the Faculty for Design and Art at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Since 2008
we have been giving lectures and run workshops at the following institutions: Royal College of Art (MA Visual Communication and MA Architecture); Goldsmiths College (BA and MA Design); Central Saint Martins (BA Design); V&A/University of Brighton (Design Culture Salon); Casco, Utrecht; Leeds Metropolitan University (BA Graphic Arts & Design); London College of Communication (BA Graphic Design); Camberwell College of Arts (MA Graphic Design, BA Art, MA Art); Aarhus University; Edinburgh College of Art; University of the East of England, Bristol (BA and MA Graphic Design); Duale Hochschule Ravensburg (BA Media Design); Offenbach University of Art and Design (BA Design); TU Berlin (MA Architecture); Politecnico di Milano (MA Service Design); Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (BA Design); Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow; University of Leuven; Istitut supérieure des arts de Toulouse; Liverpool John Moore’s University; Alpinarium Galtür.

EDUCATION FABIO FRANZ
From October 2014
Ph.D. thesis on practices of making and de-proletarianisation in the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield (UK)
2008-2010
MA in Communication Art & Design / Royal College of Art, London
Partly funded through scholarships of the hosting institution
2002-2006
BA in Design / Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (IT)
Funded through scholarships of the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol

EDUCATION BIANCA ELZENBAUMER
2011-2014
Ph.D. thesis at Goldsmiths, University of London, on precarious working conditions and designers’ potential in configuring de-precarising economic cultures
Funded through a scholarship of the hosting institution
2011-2013
PgCert in Management of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from Goldsmiths, University of London
Funded through Goldsmiths as part of Bianca’s teaching contract
2008-2010
MA in Communication Art and Design from the Royal College of Art, London
Funded through scholarships of the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol and scholarships of the hosting institution
2006-2007
PgCert in International Peacebuilding and Conflict Mediation from the University of Bologna (IT)
Funded through the European Social Fund
2002-2006
BA in Design from the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (IT)
Funded through scholarships of the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol

PRIZES
GAI Movin’ up, promotion of international mobility (IT), 2012
MUSEION Art Prize, Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, 2010

RESEARCH RESIDENCIES
Free University of Teremiski, Bialowieza Forest (PL), 2016
A-I-R Laboratory, CSW – Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (PL), 2014
Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (DE), 2014
FDV Residency Program, Milan (IT), 2011
A-I-R Laboratory, CSW – Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (PL), 2011
Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency, Bethlehem (oPt), 2008