Urs Lehni (Lehni-Trüb, Rollo Press, Corner College)
A VALUABLE QUALITY FOR A DESIGN STUDENT + A DESIGN PROFESSIONAL
For both: Curiosity
FAVOURITE FOOD NOW
YOUR MOST VALUED POSSESSION NOW
YEAR OF PROJECT
PROFESSIONAL PROJECT BRIEF
Self-initiated project – Corner College
Running a public space
2¾ years so far…
WHY DO YOU LIKE THIS PROJECT?
I didn’t think much more about Transport (1999) until I started to show Corner College in some of my talks. Then I realized that Transport was a kind of beta version or study for Corner College. All the essential components were already there. It just took me some years to realize that this is something that I really enjoy doing.
Same as then (see opposite).
In Zürich there’s a big crowd of art-and-design-savvy people, so the feedback is delivered on a more objective level. One thing we hear a lot in Zürich is that people really appreciate the intimacy and the simplicity of both our space and the events.
DO YOU TEACH?
I teach in the Communications Design department at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe (Germany).
IS IT POSSIBLE TO TEACH DESIGN?
I think it’s possible as a teacher to trigger some kind of thinking that is related to design in the broadest sense. During my education, this impulse came mainly through frustration with the lack of any curriculum whatsoever, which resulted in us taking the initiative and coming up with our own projects.