People make the city. WDE provides a platform for future makers, designers and thinkers to share ideas about the future of the city with the people of the city. WDE features an international design conference, seven creative and themed embassies, a temporary People’s Pavilion built with residents, and two lab squares around the city, all featuring content devoted to the themes of Food, Health, Urban Transformation, Data, Climate Action, Intimacy and Robot Love.
DDW and Design Indaba put global design talent on a new stage. Together with WDE, they scanned the globe for the best design graduates. At Antenna, on Friday October 20, there will be a presentation of the work by 20 graduates from the worlds top design schools, including Parsons School of Design, ECAL, RCA, School of Form, University of Applied Arts Vienna, 慶應義塾, RISD, University of Johannesburg, The Island Academy of the Arts, Carleton University, Central St. Martins School of Art, KU Leuven, Umeå University and Design Academy Eindhoven. We hope you can attend what promises to be an inspiring afternoon.
People’s Pavilion is a temporary structure designed by Overtreders W and Bureau SLA. It is 100% circular, all its materials are borrowed: concrete and wooden beams, facade elements, the glass roof, recycled plastic cladding from household waste. The structure was built without using screws, glue, drills or saws. Everything will be returned to the owners after DDW. The People’s Pavilion will also be the beating heart of WDE, a stage on which to question the world and share perspectives on how we can shape our future together. By and for the people, it features a full programme of meetings, talks, debates, gatherings, workshops and lectures to inspire and exchange and offers ample opportunities for participating through sharing ideas or asking questions.