Dr. Bianca Herlo

Research Group Lead

Bianca is a researcher and lecturer based in Berlin and postdoc at the Design Research Lab. Over the last years, she has been working – through practice-based research projects – on participatory design methods, transdisciplinary and collaborative settings and on the conceptualization of socially oriented living labs, at the intersection of the three dimensions local actors, urban narratives and transformative tools. Until 2019. she has been head of the research group Civic Infrastructures, where she experimented with design’s agencies at the intersection of bottom up processes, public institutions and formalized politics.

Bianca studied communication in social and economic contexts and experimental media design, at the Berlin University of the Arts. Since 2013, Bianca has been a lecturer in design and design theory at various universities, including the Design Department at Anhalt University Dessau, the Berlin UdK and Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin.





Dr. Bianca Herlo, Design Research Lab

Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK)

Head of the reserach project INTERPART. Intercultural spaces for participation (2018-2021), funded by BMBF

Further research projects:

  • "BauNow. Bauhaus Values Today", German-Iraeli Future Forum Foundation DIZF (2018-2019)
  • "Participation in Museum Contexts", DBU (2016-2018)
  • Modellprojekt "Bürger vernetzen Nachbarschaften. Quartiersentwicklung nutzt digitalen Wandel" des Landes NRW (2016-2018)
  • "Mit-Mach-Stadt Brandis", SMI (2016-2017)
  • "fast forward – too slow?", Buchlabor Dortmund (2015)
  • "Communitiy Now? Conflicts. Interventions. New Publics", DIZF/bpb (2013-2016)


(Anthology) Fezer, J./Herlo, B./Christensen, M./Joost, G./Hornuff, D. (Hg.) (2020): Lechts und Rinks. Eine Auseinandersetzung mit dem Design der Neuen Rechten. adocs Verlag, Reihe Studienhefte problemorientiertes Design (upcoming November 2020).

(Anthology Chapter) Herlo, B. (2020): Civic Design, Digital Transformation and Social Cohesion. Designing for the Common Good. In: Vogelsang, A./Foraita, S./Herlo, B. (Hg.) (2020): Matters of Communication. Zum Verhältnis von Gestaltung und Kommunikation. Bielefeld: transcript (in print, upcoming October 2020).

(Paper) Herlo, B., & Pierri, P. (2020). Exploring Digital Sovereignty: Open Questions for Design in Digital Healthcare. In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Design4Health, Volume 2, Sheffield Hallam University, ISBN 978-1-8381117-0, p. 214-221.

(Paper) Herlo, B., Pierri, P., & Schubert, J. (2020). Civic Design Through the Lens of Social Living Labs. In Proceedings of the 17th CIRN conference. Prato, Italy. ISBN 978-0-6485188-1-5, p. 120-231

(Paper) Herlo, B., & Joost, G. (2019). Design for Civil Society. The Model Project Citizens Connect Neighborhoods – Community Development Harnesses Digital Transformation. In Proceedings of the 8th International Congress of International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR) (pp. 1–11). Manchester, UK

(Anthology) Vogelsang, A./Foraita, S./Herlo, B. (Hg.) (2019): Matters of Communication. On the relationship between design and communication. Bielefeld Transcript (upcoming December 2019)
(Paper) Herlo, B./Joost, G. (2019): Design for civil society. The model project “Citizens connect neighborhoods – community development harnesses digital transformation”, IASDR (International Association for Design Research) (upcoming September 2019)
(Study) Herlo, B. (2018): Quartiersentwicklung und digitaler Wandel. Studie im Modellprojekt „Bürger vernetzen Nachbarschaften“, UdK Berlin (Hg.), DOI: https://doi.org/10.25624/kuenste-gg31
(Paper) Rössig, W./Herlo, B./Moormann, A. (2018): Visitor Participation. An instrument for enhancing scientific literacy, Conference Proceedings ESERA 2017, ISBN 978-1-873769-84-3
(Book) Herlo, B. (2018): Zwischen individuellem und kollektivem Gedächtnis. Erinnern und Erzählen im biografischen Dokumentarfilm, Bielefeld: transcript
(Chapter) Herlo, B./Unteidig, A./Joost, G. (2018): „Community Now?“. In: Swiss Design Network SDN (Hg.): Unfrozen. A Design Research Reader. Zürich: Triest Verlag, 78-101
(Handbuch) Rössig, W./Moormann, A./Faber, A./Herlo, B et al. (2018): Handreichung 2018. Partizipation im Forschungsmuseum.
(Paper) Rössig, W./Herlo, B./Moormann  (2017): Visitor Participation. An instrument for enhancing scientific literacy. In Esera Conference Proceedings.
(Paper) Herlo, B./Unteidig, A. (2017): Socially and Politically Oriented Practices in Design, Design for Next/12th EAD, in: The Design Journal, London: Taylor & Francis
(Paper) Schubert, J./Herlo, B.  (2017). CITIZENS, TECHNOLOGIES & POWER – A UNIQUE PARTICIPATORY DESIGN CHALLENGE. 7th Nordes Design Conference »Design & Power«.
(Paper) Herlo, B., Sametinger, F., Schubert, J. & Unteidig, A.  (2015). Participatory Design and the Hybrid City. The Living Lab Mehringplatz, Berlin, and the Project “Community Now? Conflicts, Interventions, New Publics”. In Proceedings of Hybrid City 2015: Data to the People.