The title itself is quite self-explanatory: Design in an Age of Crisis is an invitation for the entire design community with the aim of seeking radical design solutions to deal with today's critical issues, from health to the environment, from society to work. An open call launched last July that has attracted 500 applications from designers from over 50 countries and 6 continents. The proposals included those of leading international organizations and studios, including Deepr, Design Academy Eindhoven, Other Architects, Royal College of Art, SPACE10, Nairobi Design Week, PriestmanGoode, Pratt Institute, University of Ljubljana - Academy of Fine Arts and Design and WilkinsonEyre. Today, the projects are collected and visible in a virtual exhibition open to all, while in June they will land at the London Design Biennale, curated by Es Devlin, at Somerset House.
In addition, from January 26th to May 25th, Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London, will host a series of free events with experts in the field to discuss the four key themes of the project. Victoria Broackes, Director of London Design Biennale, said: “Design in an Age of Crisis brings together submissions from all over the world, from architecture and design firms to individuals forming ideas whilst at home during the pandemic. The range of ideas illustrates how anyone, anywhere can contribute to design thinking, and acts as a launch pad for further international collaboration, seeking out solutions to some of the major crises we face.”