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Conference on "The Social Impact of Design" during designxport

Around 14,000 designers work in Hamburg. Experts to discuss changing cities and social furniture making during designxport

Delegates including architects, academics, philosophers and artists from New York, Vienna, and Amsterdam will attend the upcoming desingxport in Hamburg on July 8, 2016. The conference will focus on the impact of design on current, socio-cultural challenges. Topics such as participation and cities, refugees, community and coexistence will be discussed under the theme of “The Social Impact of Design”.

Importance of social design

Among the keynote speakers are Claudia Banz, an art historian and curator at Hamburg’s Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (Museum for Arts and Crafts). Banz, who has also published a book entitled “Social Design – Gestalten für die Transformation der Gesellschaft”, will highlight the political importance of social design. Meanwhile, Dieter Läpple, an urban reseacher from Hamburg, will discuss change in cities. The professor, who has retired from Hamburg’s HafenCity University, lectures and conducts research in France, the Netherlands, Singapore and Ethiopia. Harald Gründli, an industrial designer and design theorist will also give his insight. Previously, he developed a collection of social furniture manufacture for the Austrian pavilion at the 15th Architectural Biennale in Venice 2016.

Design metropolis Hamburg

designxport is the meeting point for design in Hamburg’s Hafencity, which was opened in mid 2014 in Elbarkaden. It represents the design metropolis of Hamburg with over 14,000 designers in companies or international networks. desingexport facilitates contacts and advances the exchange between designers on both a national and international scale and is funded by the Cultural Authority of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

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