Category Archives: Projects

Tirana

Students from the Department of Urban Planning and Architecture at POLIS University in Tiranë embarked on an exploration of the Laknas neighbourhood. Students developed themes and concepts referring to the neighbourhood based on stories of the inhabitants, personal observations and its architectural vocabulary.

We would like to thank the Dutch Embassy in Tiranë, Valerio Perna and his team from the POLIS University and all the participants for making this workshop happen.

Thessaloniki

During a one week social design workshop creatives explored the area around Palia Sfagia (Παλιά Σφαγεία) in Thessaloniki. Design thinking, design skills, and public participation are key tools and drivers 
for this project. They are all used as 
a methodology to explore, analyze, 
visualize and respond to the neighbourhood life and its people. The workshop aims to encourage social change-makers within this community.

We would like to thank the Goethe-
Institut in Thessaloniki, LABattoir and 
the participants for making this workshop happen. LABattoir is a socially engaged 
machine for the production of culture; 
a laboratory of applied creativity that responds to society’s needs and problems introducing solutions and alternative strategies with the contribution of 
the artist as catalyst and the citizen 
as co-producer.

Indische Buurt Amsterdam

First year students of the faculty of communication and multimedia design at the Amsterdam University of applied science spent four days exploring the neighbourhood ‘Indische buurt’ in Amsterdam. The participants developed themes and concepts referring to the neighbourhood based on social issues, personal experiences, and its visual language. we would like to thank the faculty of communication and multimedia design and the community center ‘meevaart’ and ‘archipel’ for supporting this project and to make it happen.

Beirut

During the Beirut Design Week 2018 creatives explored the neighbourhoods of Beirut. The participants developed themes and concepts referring to the city based on social issues, personal experiences and its visual language. Design thinking, design skills, and public participation are key tools and drivers for this project. They are all used as the methodology to explore, analyze, visualize and respond to the neighbourhood’s life and its people. The workshop aims to encourage social change-makers within this community. Once sensitised to their social and cultural context, participants are encouraged to take an active and responsible role towards a complex urban environment they live and work in. The social design workshop is an initiative from andrews:degen, a research-based graphic design agency located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. We would like to thank the Goethe-Institut in Beirut, the Beirut Design Week and Public Work Studio for making this workshop happen.

Dakar

In our five days social design workshop participants from different neighbourhoods of Dakar explored local topics and stories. The participants developed themes and concepts referring to the neighbourhood based on social issues, personal experiences, and visual language. Additional texts are written by Oumar Sall. We are very grateful that the Goethe institute Senegal hosted and supported this project.

‘Las Aguas’ Bogotá

Students of the design and architecture faculty of Los Andes University in Bogotá spent a week exploring the neighbourhood ‘Las Aguas’. The participants developed themes and concepts referring to the neighbourhood based on social issues, personal experiences, and its visual language.

SKOPJE MACEDONIA

During Skopje Design Week students of the Faculty of Art
& Design of the European University Skopje spent a week
exploring Skopje neighbourhoods and local topics from
different perspectives. The participants developed themes
and concepts referring to the neighbourhood based on
social issues, personal experiences, and visual language.
We are very thankful that the Goethe institute Senegal hosted and supported the workshop.