Exhibition / Can design change society? / Berlin

In the framework of “projekt bauhaus” and alongside the international symposium ‘Can design change society?’ (September 18–19, 2015), a pop-up exhibition at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin will showcase SMAQ’s “Charter of Dubai” together with 24 other project prototypes centred on the theme.

Classical modernism – the Bauhaus in particular – stands for an idea of design, one which we tend to characterize in a social and emancipatory sense. The aim of “projekt bauhaus” is to use different, sometimes even contradictory models as a base for transformation. These range from approaching lifestyle reformation by tackling individual living practices to central planning such as mecha­nization and socialism, which can take on totalitarian characteristics. About a dozen examples in the first part of the exhibition relay essential prototypes of the historical avant garde and speak to their contemporary relevance.

The second part of the exhibition presents current examples, to illustrate different strategies by which contemporary designers are building projects to pursue an idea of a better life. Each project shares the characteristic of relativizing the role of the designer. The designer is no longer imagined as the heroic artist / engineer of the new Man and society, but aims at a dialogue to shape social processes – such as the production of desire, criticism, scenarios, and living laboratories.

The Charter of Dubai is based on the notion that the luxury refuges built during the last real estate boom represent a massive societal investment, and that a process of recycling and transformation needs to take place. It addresses issues of marketing, environmental sustainability and social bonding. Precise measures of formal adjustment, comparable to those of an alteration tailor, lead to attracting a broader clientele, advancing biodiversity, improving accessibility, increasing density and affordability, enabling local food production and energy supply and adapting housing and public space to the hot climate. The Charter of Dubai can bei ordered as a book at Jovis Publishers.

Besides SMAQ’s Charter of Dubai the exhibtion includes works by:
Jean-Nicolas-Louis Durand, Walter Gropius, Richard Kauffmann, Alexander Klein, Kasimir Malewitsch, Ernst May, Alfred Messel / Berliner Spar- und Bauverein, Nikolaj Miljutin, Reinhold Rossig, Rudolf Steiner, Bruno Taut, Mies van der Rohe, Theo van Doesburg, Vegetarische Obstbaukolonie Eden e.G.m.b.H, Martin Wagner

Architecture 00, Assemble, Center for Urban Pedagogy, City of Amsterdam, Didier Faustino, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, Dunne & Raby, Förderverein Berliner Schloss e.V., Good Mood Lda, Greenpeace, Holzmarkt e.G., Kuehn Malvezzi, Lacaton & Vassal, Van Bo Le-Mentzel, raumlaborberlin, Recetas Urbanas / Santiago Cirugeda, SMAQ, Schultes Frank Architekten, The Yes Men, West 8, Zones Urbaines Sensibles

Pop-up Exhibition
September 3–20, 2015
Opening: September 2, 7 p.m.
Ort: Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin

Opening discussion on September 2, 2015 at 7 p.m.
With Jesko Fezer, Christa Kamleithner, Mateo Kries, Philipp Oswalt, Jörg Petruschat.
Moderated by Anh-Linh Ngo.
Discussion in German.

Exhibition conceived by
Philipp Oswalt, Nicole Minten-Jung with Kerstin Faber, Anita Jozic and Jan Bovelet.

Exhibition design by
Charlotte Cassel, Tobias Tschense (Meiré und Meiré) and Andreas Dimmler.


Charter of Dubai


Charter of Dubai as book:
Jovis Publishers


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