Urs Lehni Hochschule Luzern Switzerland – I Used to Be a Design Student

SWISS

Urs Lehni

STUDENT YEARS

6

A PIECE OF SOUND ADVICE + A SINGLE WARNING TO A DESIGN STUDENT

‘Design is a lot of work’ (Cornel Windlin) + Don’t be late (again)

FAVOURITE FOOD THEN

-

YOUR MOST VALUED POSSESSION THEN

Self-restored Vespa Tourist 150 (1960)

YEAR OF PROJECT

1999

STUDENT PROJECT BRIEF

Self-initiated diploma project – Transport

COLLEGE

Hochschule Luzern (Switzerland)

COLLABORATOR(S)

Rafael Koch, Markus Wohlhüter, Peter Körner

TECHNOLOGY

Running a public space

TIME SPENT

Approx. 5 months

TYPEFACE

Various

WHY DO YOU LIKE THIS PROJECT?

See answer opposite (now).

OUTCOMES

As Transport was conceived in the context of college diploma work, the project reached a much smaller public than Corner College (project opposite) does now. Conceptually though, the outcome is the same in both cases: a public space.

FEEDBACK

Feedback mostly came from fellow students and some teachers. It was entirely positive, but maybe more based on the fact that we had done something different than for the actual outcome.

PROJECT SIMILARITIES THEN AND NOW

Both projects are basically the same; Transport (1999) could be considered as something like a preliminary version of Corner College. Both projects involve the conception, management and production of a public space that is somewhat focusing on the topic of design in the broadest sense. Transport did this in a rather naive way as, back then, we knew little about both the form and the content of such a venture. Corner College now tries to take on the same idea in a more serious way. Also, it’s somewhat more profes-sionally led; it receives funding and provides a more ordered programme.