Archive for May, 2006

Nomadic Academy | Closing Note

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

As you might have recognized two posting have been published recently by Zollverein School members Annekatrin Sonn and Nicolas Beucker. While Annekatrin’s posting provides a good overview about the overall atmosphere at the Hanover trade fair area and the workshop space Nicolas is monitoring “student’s lessons learned” more closely.
Today workshop leader Ed Annink who is […]

Ten faces of innovation at IdeasPark

Monday, May 29th, 2006

From an overall perspective tThe ThyssenKrupp IdeaPark was a real success story for ThyssenKrupp. More than 200.000 visitors joined the exhibition, talks and workshops in Hanover. ThyssenKruppp invested a total of 10 Million Euro in encouraging curiosity for technical development and creativity. They are conceiving this as an important investment in the future of engineering. […]

Bookshelfs, Clever Knives and “Steeled” Kids Sketches at IdeasPark

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

It’s day 5 of the Nomadic Academy today, and the atmosphere is busy. Ten innovative products for office or house work, made of stainless steel are to be created, developed, produced, presented to the public and marketed to potential customers within 9 days only. The group of 12 design students from the Netherlands, Finland and […]

Exploring the unknown territory

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

In last month’s NextD interview with Zollverein School’s president Prof. Ralph Bruder you might have noticed Bruder’s reference to Roger Martin from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management in Toronto.
By the same token Roger Martin has challenged the Business School side by integrating a design curriculum into a business administration programme Zollverein School is […]

Innovation = Engineering?

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

While searching for some up-to-date information on Ed Annink’s workshop “Innovation by nature” which takes place in the course of the “Ideas Park Hannover” event I’ve stumbled across a ThyssenKrupp press release (PDF ~ 51 KB) today titled: “Technology center Germany in search of a new identity”.
A key issue the press release addresses is that a […]

New Zoolverein School Website

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

We have a saying in German which goes like this: “Alles neu macht der Mai” which refers to the effect of springtime (in this case the month of May) where everything in nature is built up fresh and flora is flourishing.
By the same token nature is renewing itself the the domain name of this […]

Please note: New Blog Domain

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Just a quick note today for those reading the Zollverein School Blog via an RSS Reader or might have (kindly) linked to one of our postings.
So from today please note that the Blog URL has changed from “” to the NEW address >>>
Thanks for your kind attention and sorry for the trouble!

International Scholarship Competition at Zollverein

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

Regular readers of this blog have become aware of the fact that the Zollverein area (where among others the Zollverein School of management and design is located) is a huge structural transformation project.
Once the workplace for generations of miners and coking workers today Zollverein is the symbol of structural change in the Ruhr-area towards […]

Latest Rotman Magazine: The Creative Age

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

Victor Lombardi from Noise Between Stations reports about it and Mark Vanderbeeken on Putting People First (PPF) as well. So what else is there to say that Rotman School of Management has dedicated the spring issue (PDF, ~ 5.5 MB) of their magazine to “The Creative Age”.
While I’ve just browsed this issue so far, beside Roger […]

Report: Briefing Workshop Nomadic Academy | Ideas Park

Monday, May 8th, 2006

As some of you know, I’m not a trained designer. My educational background is rooted in Business Administration. However working in the domain of design management for many years now has taught me a lot of things about dealing with (design) problems. In contrast according to the notion of the business world problems need to […]