FIS Wins Environmental Award 2019 for the City of Erlangen


FIS MYP Design students inquired into being “radically minimal” as part of the concept “What Remains” in a tendered competition and emerged as one of the three winners of the first prize.

A panel of judges evaluated the design projects according to the following criteria:

  • Recording and reproduction of the ecological background of the respective topic
  • Clarity
  • Action orientation
  • Improvement of the environmental situation
  • Reference to the Erlangen area
  • Impact on environmental awareness
  • Role model
  • Sustainability of the project

The students collaborated with artist Prof. Andreas Mayer-Brennenstuhl and Bridging Arts Nürnberg to understand alternative ways of thinking and living – and transferring these into an aesthetic practice.

Topics like sustainability, globalization, degrowth and upcycling sensitized them to explore what remains if we do not change our collective way of life. The realization of the project was completed in several steps like the examination of relevant information on the topics and through the design of projects that brought attention to issues and had the community consider ways in which we could live more sustainable.

First, they inquired and analyzed relevant information through primary and secondary research. The students took action by creating miniature figures, who identified themselves as “time travelers of the future”, in order to draw attention to the dangerous situation at the beginning of the 21st century. They were positioned in public places around Erlangen, with a QR code, which led to an interactive student-designed website. There, interested recipients could discuss with the students about the question, “How can we respond  to current environmental issues with our individual lifestyle?”

The visualized slogans were self-designed, which critically dealt with our consumer behavior and the resulting environmental problems. The slogans were projected onto buildings at night in the Erlangen city center. Finally, students created a mobile gallery called the “Shabby Shop” from disposable plastic bags, to display their upcycled design pieces. It was presented in the of summer 2018 at the FIS and later in Salzburg.

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