Adrià Garcia

Founding Member, Holon

Adrià Garcia i Mateu is a designer and activist involved in projects improving the everyday life of transitions towards planetary societies. He is a founding member of Holon, a collective advancing the role of design in societal transformations. With a skill set based on strategic design, design research and service design it has a decade of experience in projects with organisations such as Interface Inc., UN Environment or La Borda SCCL.

Currently he is researching about the impact of design in societal transformations through policy design in the housing sector, with focus on housing cooperatives. Since 2010 is been involved in design education and is a founding member of EDIVI, a catalan network of centers promoting design for social innovation and sustainability.

Adrià holds a BA in Design by Eina, School of Design and Art of Barcelona. He has taken part of the EU LeNS Program in Polytechnic of Milan, Italy, and holds a MSc. in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability by the Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden.

Masterclass: Friday, June 14, 14:45 – 17:15
‘From problem solving to problem caring’

This masterclass aims to use two case studies in housing as a practical example of a complex problem where societal transitions are occurring and design is impacting. It will be focused on the location of interventions in the dynamics of complex problems, with tools such as the Systems Leverage Maps or the Systems Leverage Canvas. This interactive masterclass invites you to explore practically how to frame projects and portfolio of interventions so to move from problem solving to problem caring.

Who may benefit from this masterclass?

  • Experts from diverse disciplines, project managers, urban planners, policy makers, etc., interested in complex issues such as affordable housing
  • Strategic (service) designers working for profit and non-profit organisations

Key takeaways

  • A hands-on understanding of the dynamics of complex problems, and how design can contribute to tackling such ‘wicked’ challenges
  • Getting familiar with tools like Systems Leverage Maps and Canvas supporting you in building your portfolio of projects and interventions for impact