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HyperWerk (Institute for Postindustrial Design)

Study freedom, shape society. So the mission statement of HyperWerk, the Institute of Postindustrial Design. Here Design is seen as a procedural strategy which influences, and thus communicates, our lifeworld.

HyperWerk is a learning lab. It sees itself in a process of permanent change and responds to the ongoing changes in postindustrial society by developing innovative experimental designs, taking economic, ecological as well as social dimensions into consideration. The aim is to develop a wide range of competences that bring to bear as best as possible specific interests and individual skills, advancing them with the help of creative freedom, flexibility, initiative and teamwork.

While the Institute focussed on the initiative “Applied Robotics in Art and Design Education” in the academic year of 2015/2016 to assess the development and impact of robotics on society, HyperWerk now (2016/2017) turns attention to virtual reality, to publication as a design practice as well as to the development of new formats of knowledge transfer and methods and their impact on the design process and education in design. These institutional projects and initiatives are complemented by numerous educational and student projects.

Bachelor of Arts FHNW in Postindustrial Design

At Hyperwerk, design is understood as a processual strategy that influences our living environment and conveys it accordingly.

Bachelor of Arts FHNW in Postindustrial Design


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Projects and publications

In the unique freedom space offered by HyperWerk, students and teachers engage in practical project work in interdisciplinary teams, link up with the world outside, conduct research, develop new ideas, generate resources and collaborate in workshops. Open speculation and accurate inquiry are key aspects of the work on theory and not merely concomitant facets. Project work and publishing go hand in hand, not least because HyperWerk regards publishing as a design practice and as a method of knowledge acquisition in which action and impact are negotiated on a one-to-one basis.

Our online magazine HyperMagazine, Instagram, Facebook, Issuu, as well as the website of the publishing house Sedici provide an extensive overview of the work of teachers, researchers and students at HyperWerk.

You can find an extract of the Institute’s bibliography here.

Maxiversity – The World’s Smallest University

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Taste traffic - Out now

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Sedici Publishing House

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Cultural Spaces and Design

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Virtual Valley

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Meet our team

HyperWerk questions the traditional distinction between teaching staff and students. Meet our leadership team!



Prof. Matthias Böttger
Prof. Matthias Böttger Leitung Institut Hyperwerk
Telephone : +41 61 228 40 33 (direct)

HyperWerk Institute of Postindustrial Design

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Academy of Art and Design, HyperWerk Institute of Postindustrial Design, Building: A 2.16 Oslo-Strasse 3 CH - 4142 Münchenstein near Basel

Dreispitz Basel

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Academy of Art and Design Freilager-Platz 1 4142 Münchenstein near Basel
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