The first Holis focused on the future scenarios of an old felt factory, which at the time was suffering from a 90% loss of income due to the rise in popularity of synthetic felts. As a result of the solutions that Holis participants helped to identify and implement, the felt factory now has new owners, new products, and other thriving business activities. Since then we’ve been working on the challenges of ageing and retirement in Ajka and Herend (HU), new functions for the Rákóczi-Bánffy castle in Gilău (RO), and the challenges of alienation, small-scale farming, public spaces, and well being in Sobole (PL).
In 2018 we explored what are the challenges of rural Poland and what can we do about them.
We partnered up with Spomlek, a local cheese factory and asked ourselves: how a local business can serve the community around it?
Interdisciplinary teams developed future scenarious for the reconstruction of the Rákóczi-Bánffy castle which was built in the 15th century.
We focused on the issues and opportunities inherent in ageing, with the support of international experts and team facilitators. The aim was to give long term solutions to keeping senior citizens economically and socially active with the help of design.