Our Annual Theme 15/16 researches varieties of the phenomenon of being’Not Welcome’ in a changing world. In general we do not welcome: nuclear waste, unemployment, poverty, illness, climate change, war, refugees ….. To avoid this, small borderlines often extend into impressive systems of defense, from ‘my home is my castle’ to ‘Fort Europe’, from the gate to your garden to a gated community, from country barriers to Frontex. State and state communities develop invisible walls and regulations to organize the entry to our Crystal Palace for the winners of globalization. This is a social question. The Berlin Wall was torn down,but increasing numbers of refugees cross kilometers of fences. With his concept ‘Brazilianization of the West’, German sociologist Ulrich Beck set Brazil as a near future example to the world. With a large informal economy, a welfare state in trouble and the large gap between the rich and the poor. Brazilians make the joke that burglars are free and inhabitants are prisoners, caught in their security system homes, behind bars. At the same time Brazil is the country where nationalities mix and you meet people of all kinds and types. The current paradox is to live life behind barriers in an age of (Re-)naissance of WelcomeCulture. We share our house with couchsurfers, open our digital spaces to unknown facebookfriends and practice civil engagement for migrants and refugees. What about NOT WELCOME? The annual Theme ‘Not Welcome’ researches the philosophical, political, spatial, designtechnical und strategic implications and manifestations of this phenomenon – and YOU are WELCOME to participate!

„Wenn es Wirklichkeitssinn gibt, und niemand wird bezweifeln, daß er seine Daseinsberechtigung hat, dann muß es auch etwas geben, das man Möglichkeitssinn nennen kann… so ließe sich der Möglichkeitssinn geradezu als die Fähigkeit definieren, alles, was ebensogut sein könnte, zu denken und das, was ist, nicht wichtiger zu nehmen als das, was nicht ist.“ Sehr schön benennt Robert Musil in “Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften” das Ziel einer Kunstuniversität; forschend entwerfen an einer möglichen Zukunft. Nach den Metall-Meisterklasse von Helmuth Gsöllpointner, seit 1973, übernahm 2001 die Architektin Elsa Prochazka den Studiengang und formte diesen zu raum&designstrategien. Unter der Leitung von dem ‚indie’ Stadtplaner Ton Matton gibt es seit 2014 Raum & Design S t r a t e g i e n edition3