Plant Fever, when design learns from the plant world

The show curated by Studio d-o-t-s at CID au Grand-Hornu museum offers radical new perspectives for phyto-centric design.

“We should try to think like plants.” The American ecologist Ian Baldwin is an inspiration for many designers, scientists and engineers who investigate plant behavior and vegetal structures to develop ideas and projects that can be applied to the different scales of the city.

From 31 May to 13 September 2020, the exhibition “Plant Fever”, hosted by the CID au Grand-Hornu museum near Mons, Belgium, will investigate the forms of phyto-centric design, i.e. those expressions that do not (only) have man at the centre of the project. Studio d-o-t-s has selected more than 50 case studies from 20 countries to explore different phenomena related to the plant world: plant blindness, forest sciences, ecofeminism, biomimesis, reuse, post-colonialism...

The curatorial work will develop various formats: besides the museum exhibition the topics will be dealt with through digital content collected in a web platform and a programme of conferences and workshops.

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