Beirut Design Week (BDW2018) returns for its seventh edition themed “Design and the City: ___________”. Designers are invited alongside activists, writers, educators, and students to consider design’s transformative role in every aspect of life in the city, from public spaces to the smallest detail in the interior of our homes, offices and places of recreation.
The mission of the event is to promote intercultural exchange, design education, entrepreneurship and provocative, critical thinking. It aims to demonstrate how design can change our daily lives, support the economy, and create social impact. The festival encourages all designers to challenge the status quo and debate their craft beyond commercialization and marketing luxury goods to explore new options, to look for new collaborations, and to dare to explore work outside their comfort zone.
A series of themes showcase objects, tools, vocabularies and processes that help create new itineraries for the everyday practice of place-making and reclaims the right to the city as a structured system of shared beliefs and values, of tolerance, inclusiveness and openness. The themes are: Social Change, which studies the change made by furniture and jewelry design to collaborate with social work to play a transformative role in the city ; Environment, which explores the influence of fashion design and documentary making in changing the way we engage with the environment; Fair-Use, which discovers design-thinking approach that can be used by food and beverage industry to contribute to the city’s environmental ecosystem; Governance, where architects, urbanists and planners’ highlight their influence on social policies in reconstructing a post-war city ; and Access, where tech industries collaborate with designers to re-imagine daily interactions within the
city and provide smart solutions to people with special needs.
Beirut’s Design Scene by District:
Explore Beirut’s creative community over five days:
Friday 22nd June – Launch Events in BDW18 Parking and Beit Beirut
Saturday 23rd June – Hamra & Clemenceau
Sunday 24th June – Tripoli
Monday 25th June – Badaro & Jisr el Wati
Tuesday 26th June – Downtown
Wednesday 27th June – Ashrafieh & Gemmayze
Thursday 28th June – Mar Mikhael
Friday 29th June – Karantina
Ghassan Salameh, the newly appointed Creative and Managing Director of Beirut Design Week says, “During the past couple of years, and for the first time in our recent history, Beirut is experiencing a rise in local independent initiatives and movements wanting to reshape our city to become a more just, tolerant and livable space. As design is changing to become a more accessible and cross-disciplinary tool, our job is to create a more sustainable platform that meets this change.”