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ECO Solidarity at Wanted Design Manhattan
Studio Plastique, Brussels based studio, is taking part in the event with the Common Sands project. Their work combines imaginative scenarios and critical reflections with in-depth investigations of complex material supply chains and technological infrastructures, thus pushing the boundaries of what design aims to achieve.
ECO Solidarity brings together a group of 9 eco-focused design studios with the aim to share their work and expertise at ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan (New York, 21-23.05.2023). Each studio is supported by cultural institutions members of the EUNIC New York network. Next to the group presence at the event, a series of dialogue give designers a voice.
The 2023 program is organized around two themes.
The first focuses on prevention and research, new sustainable materials and methods of implementation that improve durability, circularity, recycling waste, carbon-neutral and low-emission productions, with the goal of improving human and environmental habitats.
The second focuses on ethical issues that surround design and architecture, reconstruction, recuperation, and healing in response to environmental and humanitarian crises resulting from military conflicts. The emphasis is placed on repositioning architects and designers to address critical issues through community engaged design process via interactive initiatives, city walks and site-specific interventions.
PARTICIPATING DESIGNERS AND STUDIOS
Archibald Godts and Theresa Bastek, Studio Plastique (Wallonie-Bruxelles), Filip Mirbauer, Balance is Motion (Czech Republic), Dorian Cani, Luise Leon Elbern, Ole Meergans, Katrin Schubert, Edda Zickert, COLLCOLL (Germany), Aušra Česnauskytė and Goda Verikaitė, Neo-futuristic Walks (Lithuania), Kamila Szatanowska and Paulina Rogalska, FALA Architektura (Poland), Pepe Peralta Guerrero, FOR (Romania), Otto Nagy, Terratico (Slovakia), Angel Mombiedro, Armombiedro Studio (Spain), with special guests, Victoria Yakusha, FAINA Design from Ukraine.
TALKS ECO SOLIDARITY
Sunday, May 21, 11: 00 AM – ECO Solidarity, Part I
Moderated by Deborah Wang, Artistic Director and Curator, DesignTO
Presents: Studio Plastique, CollColl, Neo-Futuristic walks, FALA, and Terratico
Tuesday | May 23, 11:00 AM – ECO Solidarity, Part II
Moderated by Cynthia E Smith, Curator, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Presents: Balance in Motion, FOR, Armombiedro Studio, and FAINA
ECO Solidarity had been fueled for two consecutive years by the EUNIC Cluster Grant Award granted by EUNIC Global cultural organization, European Union.
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