The design collective tackles integration with their Transmigration program

Vienna Design Week is coming quickly: if fact it starts this Friday! From September 30th to October 9, 2016 the latest and greatest in local, contemporary design will be on display around the city, with last year’s festival drawing over 38,000 from all over the globe.

Always on the lookout for ways to give back, last year Vienna Design Week created a new award category, Stadtarbeit (City Work), to reward “intensive and unconventional” projects that provide alternatives to all aspects of living Another important factor is Social Design, characterized by a strong sense of responsibility on the designers’ parts to improve the world we live in.

This year, Oh THAT Place adds to the debate with their ten-day Transmigration program. The founding members, Nadia Brandstätter, Kasia Gruszka and Elaine Liu, consider this a vital step for welcoming newcomers: “Transmigration is seen as a reflection of the process of arriving and integrating into Viennese life.”. Combining the expertise of various businesses and creatives from around the city, Oh That Place will organize workshops and discussions on migration and integration, ranging from building furniture and repairing bikes to cooking classes in English as needed. Integration continues after class, as refugees spin turntables and tales of home.

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This kind of collaboration is not new for Oh That Place; The young creative collective often works with other initiatives, providing a means for new and upcoming creatives living and working in Vienna to network and showcase their ideas. Through Transmigration, they hope to open and establish a dialogue on social design and migration. “Our program intends to reflect, create and open opportunities for knowledge and skills exchange amongst recent migrants and the creative community of Vienna.”

So kick off the next weekend with Transmigration’s opening cocktail party, or go on an urban bike tour with IntegRADsion, take a cooking workshop with Ail, or get started in furniture building with Bockwerk. Check out the websites of Oh That Place and Vienna Design Week for further details and a full events schedule.