Design Does Beirut: For Better or For Worse

As part of Beirut Design WeekElisava University and Domestic Data Streamers Barcelona, will be presenting an interactive analog and digital explorations of how design tackles social challenges – at times offering improvements and, at others, doing just the opposite.

The exhibition taking place in Beirut, is a contextualized version of the much-acclaimed exhibition touring from the Design Museum in Barcelona with Elisava University and Domestic Data Streamers Barcelona. This version of the exhibition will be addressing thematics relevant to Beirut while presenting the results and analytical reports of the data collected from the Barcelona version.

The Design Does exhibition that will be featured at the Beit Beirut, collectively explores how design tackles the challenges faced by society, at times offering improvements and, at others, doing just the opposite.

Conceived to transcend the limits of space, time and conventional formats, this project explores the responsibility that lies with design and its impact on industry, people, social systems and cultural values. Design Does questions the designer’s role today and in the future as a provider of solutions, humanist, strategist and/or agent of change.

Taking on BDW2018’s challenge, ELISAVA proposes an intensive workshop called “Projective Memory”, using memory as a design trigger in order to imagine a transformation of Martyr’s Square through ephemeral architecture and temporary space design.

This transformation should explicitly address social inclusion and should attempt to counteract the worldwide tendency toward homogeneous, oversimplified and socially impoverished urban settings (segregation, gentrification), using design to instead foster heterogeneous, complex, vibrant and rich cities.

The workshop will focus on re-imagining Martyr’s Square (as a hub for rich and diverse uses of public space. Once a hotspot of Beirut’s social life, today Martyr’s Square bears the mark of conflict. If the physical scars of war are slowly healing, the square’s condition as a no-man’s land – during the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) it formed the demarcation line that physically and symbolically divided the city in half – remains.

So much more to discover.

By Elisava – Barcelona School of
Design & Engineering

Beit Beirut, Sodeco
Opening: Friday, June 22 – 5 PM

By Elisava – Barcelona School of
Design & Engineering

Saturday, June 23 – 10 AM to 7 PM

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