Human Cities partners from Ljubljana, London and Saint Etienne will present the first common publication of Human Cities Challenging the City Scale 2014-2018 project to the Slovenian and wider regional publics. The book is a result of an extensive research of all partners and maps and analyses the already established  participatory practices of urban public space provision. The presentation will take place in one of the architectural galleries in central part of Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, a cosy Dessa gallery. The invited speakers will present and discuss the Human Cities international mission (Josyane Franc, Cite du design, lead of the project), Human Cities activities in Ljubljana (Matej Niksic, Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, lead of Slovenian part of the project), and offer deeper insights into the contents of the book (Isabelle Daeron, France based editorial coordinator; Robin Houterman, UK based contributor ; Audrey Templier, France based designer). The event aims in bringing into the discussion local initiatives too to form a space of dialog on the issues and challenges of participatory practices in contemporary Europe. The event will also relaunch the exibition PUBLIC SPACES FOR LOCAL LIFE – SHARED VALUES. The exibition highlights some best practices of participatory reclamation of urban public space in Europe and stresses the need for cooperation among local actors to reach truly sociable local public spaces in European city.



Urban experiments from eleven European cities conceptualized and realized by designers, initiatives, activists, students and residents are open for discussion. In an interactive exhibition the possibilities and challenges of getting involved are to be discovered.


Why do we feel comfortable or uncomfortable in a city? What makes it livable?

Do we have the freedom to shape our city? What makes a city our city?


Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale is a European research project with partners from eleven European cities. The Human Citizens face these questions collaboratively and meet to develop ideas and solutions for a better quality of life in urban areas.

The exhibition SHAPING HUMAN CITIES was designed by students of the Master’s programme Exhibition Design at the University of Applied Sciences, FH JOANNEUM and from 5 May to 24 June 2018 urban experiments are presented, which took place within the framework of the Human Cities Project in these cities. Interactive stations where the experiments can be experienced in a playful way are installed in the GrazMuseum.

One of them is LET´S TAKE ACTION. It gives tips on how to become active in your own urban environment and thereby improve the urban space.

WANNA PLAY? Consists of eleven miniature golf courses that invite you to play. Each lane is assigned to one Human City and one of their experiments. The courses incorporate the spatial and creative circumstances of the experiments and pose a challenge for the players.

WANNA TASTE?  Invites up to 20 guests on four Sundays to taste the Human Cities projects in eleven courses.

WANNA TRAVEL? conquers the city center of Graz with ten intriguing installations.

In addition, an app with an interactive, digital catalogue is available for download. Here, photos, videos, comments, etc. can be uploaded and commented upon.


Opening hours:

Wed-Mon, 10 am – 17 pm


Sackstrasse 18, 8010 Graz






Human Cities Exhibition / Ljubljana May 25th to September 25th 2017

PUBLIC SPACES FOR LOCAL LIFE / Shared values in diversified urban communities as a foundation for participatory provision of local public spaces


25 May 2017 at 15.00 Human Cities exhibition opening at Ruski car neighbourhood, Bratovševa ploščad 30, Ljubljana



The exibition is one out of eight so called »work in progress« exibitions that are being prepared within EU project Human Cities: Challenging the city scale (Creative Europe 2014-2020). In a period 2016-2018 eight variations of the exibition dedicated to participatory provision of local urban public space will be desplayed in eight European cities.The particularity of the exibition is that it grows along with the development of the project and is upgraded with new themes added by local organisers of each exibition. The exibitions are also related to bigger design events in participating cities.

The exibition was on show for the first time in 2016 in Milan (IT), followed by exibitions in Belgrade (RS) and Saint-Etiennu (FR) in early 2017. We are glad that there is the fourth consecutive exhibition on a display now – this time in Ljubljana. The opening coincides with a joint event of Human Cities project & AESOP’s thematic group Public spaces and urban cultures and the opening of Biennal of Biennial of Design BIO25 Faraway, So Close. The other exibitions will follow in Helsinki (FI), Bilbao (ES), Ciezsyn (PL), Graz (AT) and the final festive exibition will be set in Tallin (EST) in September 2018.

Ljubljana exibition is organised in four sections which reflect various activities of Human Cities project ongoing since 2014.

First and most extensive part of the exibition reviews good practices of local civil initiatives in European partner cities. The whole dataset is accessible online at, while Ljubljana exibition exposes some cases through the lenses of so called shared values of Human Cities that have been identified by the partners as important for enriching and assuring the quality of life in public space. These values are empathy, wellbeing, sustainability, intimacy, conviviality, mobility, accessibility, aesthetics, leisure, imagination, sensoriality, respect and solidarity, while the Ljubljana exibition is adding the fourteenth one – cooperation. Special attention is given to the values shared by local inhabitants and other users of local environments in their endeavours for better urban public spaces. This section of the exibition addresses the questions of participatory provision of local urban public space in increasingly economically, socially and ethnically divers urban communities.


Second part of the exibition presents 25 photostories that have ,according to an international jury, best answered to the challanges of an international call for contributions Photostory of my neighbourhood. The competition was ongoing in autumn 2016 and was based on an participatory web-based tool that allowed the inhabitants of any city to express their perceptions of their living environments. The main aim was to reveal the elements of the urban neighbourhoods that are common features in the mental maps of a greater group of people in the local communities, while at the same time reflect the shared values that connect local people. Identification of these values forms an important base for setting up common visions for the future development of local environments. Photostories are »written« by inhabitants themselves by contributing photographs an their subtitles within pre-defined categories. These categories can relate to different aspects of built environments and life in the neighbourhoods, such as perceptions of the borders of the neighbourhoods, neighbourly relations, professions in the neighbourhoods, identification of most pleasant local places or shared values that are common to local people. The web-tool Photostory of my neighbourhood allows an on-going production of further photostories (see for more information).

The third part of the exibition is dedicated to the educational activities in the field of spatial culture. The exibition shows cutting-outs from seven thematic workshops titled Neighbourhood, public space and active role of inhabitants, which were ongoing in autumn 2016 jointly with pupils of second triad of the primary school OŠ Danile Kumar. Aleksej, Enis, Enja, Filip, Filip Bor, Gašper, Juna, Lucija, Tilen, Valentina and Voranc have been getting acquainted with the role of public open space in the neighbourhood with a support of UIRS, MAO and Skupaj na ploščad! as well as their teacher and school principal. The workshops were a joint reflection on the role of nature in the neighbourhood and the conception of public space to be attractive to various user-groups (children, elderly, cyclists etc.). Through the role-playing different professions involved in urban design were got known (urban planner, architect, landscape architect, traffic engineer, sociologist etc.). Jointly the bee&bird-house-hotel was made and installed in the open public space of the neighbourhood. In a creative atmosphere the roles of model making, field work and photo-analyses were learnt. We have jointly found out how important it is to discuss the spatial issues, freely express one’s opinions about problems and ideas for the future, and thus pointed out that it is important to impart spatial vigilance to young people from an early age.


The fourth part of the exibition titled A place to get together – design of Bratovševa ploščad – students’ ideas presents five conceptual solution of the invited student competition for the redesign of the central open space of Ruski car neighborhood. This has been organised within Human Cities project and with the support of Lafarge Cement, Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia and civil initiative Skupaj na ploščad! in the seminar of prof. Fikfak at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana. The jury recognized two conceptual solutions, which in the best way addressed the challange to concretely intervene into space to encourage more uses there. For the purposes of implementation of temporary intervention the students combined both selected competition ideas and suplemented them with some elements from other competition proposals. The exibition is organised in a participatory way and invites the local inhabitants to vote for the best solution according to their opinion.






From May to July interactiondesign and sound designstudents of the master program Communication Media Sound and Interaction Design at Universiy of Applied Sciences FH JOANNEUM worked on the question how do we experience space and architecture with our sense of hearing. A special focus was laid on the auditory experience of space for blind people.
The created artefacts helped to transform the experience of sensual focused deprivation in public space and raise the awareness for sound and sound scapes in public space for everybody.
The core topic wil also be continued with a workshop at the Business Design Week in Munich in March 2019.
The workshop was hold by Brane Zorman, a well known artist from Ljubljana/Slovenia, with the main topic of his work in the field of soundscapes, urban sand an geo located sound walks. Students were also mentored by Reni Hofmüller, an artist dealing with participatory urban development and Josef Gründler, sound artist and professor for interaction and sound design at Institute for Design and Communication /FH JOANNEUM.
An on-site presentation of the students projects will be on the 28th of June 18h at esc medien kunstlabor in Graz, namely
Sounds good sounds Graz – an interactive sound installation
Sound map – an interactive map reusing childrens  tiptoe pen to explore the es sounds
Dogwalk – experience a street through the ears of a dog
Acoustic Pollution Feedback – get immediate feedback of the acoustic pollution You produce.




Belgrade Design Week welcomes its partners from eleven European cities to a unique international creative event “HUMAN CITIES/ SHARING CLOUD – Kragujevac 2017”, inviting the broadest public, citizens and citizens initiatives, architects, urban planers, the creative community, artists, economists, municipal administrations, media, academia and students from Serbia and the entire region, to join us on Friday, February 17th in Kragujevac.

The program is made of leading European case studies with easily understandable, concrete, hands-on “How to-” lectures, from cities committed to use design as a tool for changing their urban and public spaces and transforming their public authorities’ mindsets.

Entry is free, places are limited by the hall capacity, lectures are provided with simultaneous translation from English to Serbian and vice versa. The organiser reserves the right to change the program without prior information.

Present Kragujevac to the World, present the World to Kragujevac!

Kragujavac is privileged to be the host of this phase of the Human Cities/ project, right after Sent Etienne, London and Milan, and just before Ljubljana, Graz, Cieszyn, Helsinki, Bilbao, Tallinn and Brussels. BDW has chosen Kragujevac to be the topic of its HUMAN CITIES/ focus, because of the city’s important historical urban planing and industrial heritage in the heartland of Serbia, as well as current challenging historical crossroads between a postindustrial town and key regional university centre, with 20.000 students.

The initiative “Creative Grand Park of Kragujevac” is BDW’s contribution to the “HUMAN CITIES/ Challenging the City Scale 2014-2018” project, co-financed by the EU program Creative Europe, as part of BDW’s ongoing strictly non-profit action to develop “100 creative playgrounds for children in Serbia”, made possible by the donation of the Foundation Dragica Nikolić to the City of Kragujevac.

Belgrade Design Week and the City of Kragujevac, Serbia, are honoured to invite you to the “HUMAN CITIES/ SHARING CLOUD – Kragujevac 2017” event, on February 17th 2017 in the First Gymnasium of Kragujevac. Next to a strong line up of local speakers showcasing the urban development of Kragujevac, the conference will present extraordinary lectures from eleven European cities gathered around the Human Cities/ project, all closely related to urban realities in Serbia and the region. The HUMAN CITIES/ project is a crucial pan-european platform for sharing best practices in finding innovative solutions for living in cities today, and BDW’s conference offers a great opportunity for Serbia to present its own findings and developments to a broad European audience, and vice-versa, which is why we named the project THE SHARING CLOUD. 

Present Kragujevac to the World, present the World to Kragujevac!

Kragujavac has the honour to be the host of this phase of the Human Cities/ project, right after Saint-Etienne, London and Milan, and just before Ljubljana, Graz, CieszynHelsinki, Bilbao, Tallinn and Brussels. BDW has chosen Kragujevac to be the topic of its HUMAN CITIES/ focus, because of the city’s important historical urban planing and industrial heritage in the heartland of Serbia, as well as current challenging historical crossroads between a postindustrial town and key regional university centre, with 20.000 students.

The initiative “Creative Grand Park of Kragujevac” is BDW’s contribution to the “HUMAN CITIES/ Challenging the City Scale 2014-2018” project, co-financed by the EU program Creative Europe, as part of BDW’s ongoing strictly non-profit action to develop “100 creative playgrounds for children in Serbia”, made possible by the donation of the Foundation Dragica Nikolić to the City of Kragujevac.


Event Program:

The “HUMAN CITIES/ SHARING CLOUD – Kragujevac 2017”  program consists of an inspirational creative conference searching for proposals for design-thinking and participative-urbanism in Serbia and Europe today, as well as an exhibition of works of all eleven partners of the “Human Cities/ Challenging the City Scale 2014-2018” project. One of the presented projects is BDW’s “Creative Grand Park” development, developed as part of the Human Cities/ project and built as the first private / public partnership of its kind, between the Foundation Dragica Nikolić and the City of Kragujevac.

The conference”HUMAN CITIES/ SHARING CLOUD – Kragujevac 2017” ” presents a unique opportunity for engaged citizens and citizen’s initiatives, municipal administrations, universities, urban planers, architects, artists, economists, government, media and students from all vocations, to get introduced to the latest European developments about exploring the way in which the inhabitants reclaim the constantly evolving contemporary city (especially through experiments in the urban space) and ways of (re)inventing city life, as sources of wellbeing and quality of life. These structural changes are impacting both people and places like shops, public squares, parks, or streets in town and city centres.

Conference HUMAN CITIES/ SHARING CLOUD Kragujevac 2017 Program: 

– Welcome Note: Mayor of Kragujevac Radomir Nikolić

– Introductory Note: Belgrade Design Week Jovan Jelovac – 14:00h  – 15:30h


– History of unique urban planing in Kragujevac: 

The Šumarice Complex / Making of the Memorial Park. Jelena Davidović, Curator of the Museum 21. October, Kragujevac, Serbia

– Development of industrial heritage in Kragujevac: Converting the first armory in Serbia (The Arsenal) into a centar for the creative industry. Marko Grković and Đorđe Milovanović, Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments in Kragujevac, Serbia

– Case Study Grand Park in Kragujevac I:

How to return the Grand Park in Kragujevac to its citizens with support of private/public partnerships, using participative urban planing and collaboration with leading Serbian and global practices in design and innovation? Belgrade Design Week, Jovan Jelovac, Belgrade, Serbia

– Case Study Grand Park in Kragujevac II:

How to revitalise a neglected city park in Kragujevac into a central creative zone, with intention to provoke and inspire all stakeholders to jointly search for standards of a possible development scheme for the city’s green zones? Prof. Aleksandru Vuja, Studio DVA, Belgrade, Serbia

– Case Study “THINKtent”: 

How to use the international experience of moderating an exchange of thoughts for the wellbeing of the development of Kragujevac? Nataša Čiča,, Hobbart, Australia

15:30 PM – 16:00 PM Coffee Break

Participation in the THINKtent experimentation / Nataša Čiča (First session in English – no translation)

16:00 PM – 17:30 PM 



– Case Study Brussels / “Pro Materia”: 

How to start a grassroots initiative as a citizens association about better living in our cities, which then gets an European dimension and significance? Louisa Vermoere, Pro Materia, Brussels, Belgium

– Case Study London / “Makers Mile”: 

How to connect innovative ideas of your neighbours as a citizens association, and in the process invent a whole new creative quarter in London? Frank Van Hasselt, Clear Village, London, Great Britain

– Case Study Sent Etienne / “Banc d’essai”:

How to decorate and animate our public spaces? How to forge stronger ties between generations and to give shape to the appropriation of space for all? Where needs are expressed, practices are created. Uses becoming clearer: siting, eating, reading, playing, working, learning, calling or just looking around. Camille Vilain, Cite du Design, Sent Etienne, France

– Case Study Milano / “La Piana”:

How to continue the legacy of activating the community and improving the public space in combination with the all-encompassing initiatives of Teatro Ringhiera, and you will see the scope of public space challenged. Davide Fassi, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

– Case Study Helsinki /  “School as a Service”:

How to experiment with optimising the use of their own buildings at the Aalto’s Espoo Campus over the next couple of years. Think opening the space to the community, think life long learning, think school as a service! Marc Goodwin, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland

– Case Study Graz / “Jakominiviertel”:

How can we transform a neglected part of Graz, a transition space, into a common space, where people like to stay and to meet without being forced to consume, with special focus on settling the creative industries with its specific economics there? Erika Thummel, FH Joanneum, Graz, Austria

– Case Study Ljubljana / “Skupaj na ploščad!”:

How to find new approaches and make the participation processes more attractive and playful? Nowadays the participation processes exists in Slovenia as part of the top-town urban planning procedures, but are rather superficial and people tend to reject them. Damjana Zaviršek Hudnik, Skupaj na ploščad! Intiative, Ljubljana, Slovenia

17:30 PM – 18:00 PM Coffee Break

Participation in the THINKtent  experimentation / Nataša Čiča (Second session in English – no translation)

18:00 PM – 19:00 PM 


– Case Study Sent Etienne / “Cite du Design”: 

How to use a once in a lifetime opportunity and convert a post-industrial town from a ruined historical armoury centre of France, into a national hub for design and creativity? Parallels of Sent Etienne with Kragujevac, connecting two important European cities with an astonishingly similar industrial past, but with an astonishingly different reality today.

Josyane Franc, Cite du Design, Sent Etienne, France

19:00 PM Vernissage / Opening of the Human Cities/ SHARING CLOUD exhibition in the First Gymnasium of Kragujevac


Participation in the THINKtent experimentation / Nataša Čiča (Third session in English – no translation)

During the Milan Design Week, Human Cities presents “Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale/Milano”, an interactive exhibition in a 500 sqm space at BASE Milano (Via Bergognone 34, Milano) during the Milan Design Week, April 12th-17th 2016.
The event is the first stage of a traveling exhibition across Europe: in the next 3 years, all the partners will exhibit the work in progress of the research. This is a wandering path, an itinerant circus sets up in the partners cities to show how they are “challenging the city scale”, like a continuous experience in different places and contexts where everything is connected to compose the story of all the experiences .

It will be an itinerary, a path throughout Europe, a way to tell how we are “challenging the scale”. A wandering circus to be settled in the partners cities.

The Circus will be the main concept of the exhibition: as a continuous experience place by place and as a suspension like an acrobat in, a place without space-time. The exhibition during Human Cities Challenging the city Scale/Milano will be focused on the equilibrium inside the circus where everything is connected to create a story of all the experiences together.

During the exhibition there will be an on-going Experiment Lab where people could interact and activate the space. The exhibition and the Experiment Lab are results of an active design experience between Politecnico di MilanoDesign Department and School of Design, with “Atir Ringhiera” theatre in Milan and 11 local associations around “La Piana”, a square of 6000 sqm in front of the theatre. This design experience took place during the Masterclass “Temporary Urban Solutions”, where 62 international students from more than 10 different countries worked for 5 months to develop spaces and services which could reactivate “La Piana”.

“Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale/Milano” will host the College of Design and Innovation of Tongji University – Shanghai, showing the research projects done in an extra-european urban contexts and in collaboration with local organizations: the street food trend, “Open Your Space” involving the Siping Lu’s community, “Design Harvest” in Chongming Island, the biomimicry, the community FabLab(s).


Locations : Cité du design – EXPO 10
Human Cities Office – 8 rue de la République
Ici bientôt – 40 rue de la Résistance – rue de la Ville
Hypermatière – 50 rue Neyron

Official Opening : 14th March 2017 at 18.30

Curatorship: Cité du design – International Affairs department and Design Management for local authorities department
Exhibition design : Jean-Sébastien Poncet and .CORP
Occupying vacant buildings to test new ways of working or learning; federating the makers community to contribute to the development of a district; activating and improving the quality of public spaces involving cultural and associative stakeholders, users, residents etc. A non exhaustive list of experiences made by the 12 partners(1) of the European project européen Human Cities_ Challenging the City Scale led by Cité du design Saint-Etienne from 2014 to 2018 within the framework of the du programme Creative Europe/Culture of the European Union.

Human Cities questions the scales and the co-creation of the city. Saint-Etienne has got a distinctive feature of a creative laboratory, where hands-on stakeholders develop methodologies and actions with the communities to transform the city. The Cité du design has created C.H.O.S.E (Collective Humancitizens Office of St Étienne Experimentations), a tool to stimulate and connect these local energies and creative forces, with the support of the City of Saint-Etienne and EPASE.
Within this framework, three multidisciplinary groups proposed their initiatives:

– Ici bientôt (Coming Soon) : a revitalization of vacant and active shops in rue de la Ville street, Beaubrun district. Partners : CREFAD Loire ; Carton plein ; Typotopy ; le Centre social du Babet ; le CIDFF de la Loire ; Collectif X ; Zoomacom ; l’Ecole de l’Oralité ; la Louce …and other structures joining the project in progress
– Hypermatière : co-creation activities with the residents of Crêt de Roch district to enrich the renovation project of rue Neyron. Partners : Captain Ludd ; l’Amicale laïque du Crêt de Roch ; Rues du Développement Durable ; l’association de valorisation des déchets ; Magalie Rastello ; Esther Yai Acosta Valois ; Mathieu Benoit Gonin.
– Playing with the city perceptions’ scales and surprizing point of views : a project by the Laboratory “Images, Récits, Documents” of Saint-etienne Higher School of Art and Design

The experimentations developed by international and local partners are presented in the exhibition-lab Human Cities on the Manufacture site and in a dedicated space rue de la République. An urban circuit links these sites and the initiatives led by Saint-Etienne multidisciplinary groups in the Crêt de Roch and Beaubrun neighbourhoods.

(1) European Partners : Cité du design Saint-Étienne [FR] ; Politecnico di Milano, Milan [IT] ; Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana [SI] ; Clear Village, London[UK] ; Zamek Cieszyn [PL] ; Design Week Belgrade [RS] ; Pro Materia, Bruxelles [BE] ; Aalto University, Helsinki [FI] ; FH Joanneum, Graz [AT] ; Association of Estonian Designers, Tallinn [EST] ; BEAZ/Bilbao-Bizkaia Design&Creativity Council, Bilbao [ES] ; CultureLab, Bruxelles [BE].

Biennale internationale design Saint-Etienne website

Human Cities _Challenging The City Scale/ Event Bilbao 2017

Bilbao 15-18 November 2017

The travelling Human Cities exhibition in 2016-2018 presents the process and results of co-creating activities in the experimental Labs of all the Human Cities partners in ten different European cities. The next upcoming Exhibition is landing in Bilbao during the Bilbao Design Week. Every exhibition is always combined with a co-creating workshop and sharing presentations of all the Human Citizens.

Check the press release for the full program.


After Milan (IT), Belgrade (RS), Saint-Étienne (FR) and Ljubljana (SL), the Human Cities touring exhibition arrives at Helsinki (FI) on September 12 till September 29, 2017.

The Human Cities exhibition consists of three sections, displaying three different scales of participatory design. User-based architecture and social innovation are at the core of each exhibition.

The main exhibition in Dipoli showcases the Human Cities projects throughout Europe made by the participating Human Cities network members. This continental scale displays versatile approaches towards contemporary collaborative design in European scale, where active urbanism shows its diverse characteristics. Aalto University contributes with the local School as a Service project in Otaniemi, aims to increase the possibilities of children to access and participate the city and improve their social learning.

The second section, also located in Dipoli, presents the findings of the Exit School of Architecture project, which showcases new Finnish architecture rising from a shared local identity. It analyses the role of collaboration in Nordic Noir architecture, an interplay between architects and their clients with an emphasis on shared values and cultural mentality. This approach aims long-term improvements in the understanding and creation of meaningful milieus with local identity. The exhibition contains a selection of recently completed works by Finnish architects and a diploma works by recent graduates of Aalto University.

The third section displays work from the Helsinki Masterclass, the studio course Diversifying forms of Living, which was organized in collaboration with the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. The exhibition is called Superimposed Verticality and it scrutinizes new housing typologies which would made possible userbased flexible design solutions: horizontality and verticality, internal and external, communicative and participatory design, optimized use and social sustainability. We deliberately selected a difficult case for participatory design here: tall housing building.

Save the date: 12 September 18:00 – Human Cities exhibition opening.

The Human Cities exhibition is part of Helsinki Design Week 2017.

More info check our press release here:

DAY 1: Friday/ 26.01.2018

16.00 // Opening of Human Cities Exhibition Challenging the City Scale
Location: Border guards building on a Friendship Bridge

17.00–19.00 // Conference: Design & Conflict
Location: Zamek Cieszyn

17:00–17:15 // Welcome word: Ewa Gołębiowska, director of Zamek Cieszyn

17.15–17.30 // Introduction: Monika Klonowska, psychologist, a coach and a consultant

17.30 // Debate with; Rafał Kołodziej, specialist in design thinking, value co-creation and innovation, Monika Klonowska, psychologist, a coach and a consultant, Paweł Jaworski , architect , “Fix your city” coordinator , a specialist in urban design and Jarosław Gwizdak, judge, chairperson from a district court.

19.00 // Conclusion by Tadeusz Sławek, poet, translator, essayist, professor of comparative literature

The Final Human Cities Challenging the City Scale 2014-2018 event will be held in Tallinn during  XIII Tallinn Design Festival. In fact Human Cities is this year’s theme of the festival.

The XIII Tallinn Design Festival will be held from 10 to 16 September 2018. For a week, the unique festival which centres on different parts of Tallinn, will be revived – the historic Baltic Station Departure Pavilion, the new building of EAA, Museum of Architecte, Architectural and Design Gallery, Viru Centre, Telliskivi, Alexela Concert Hall, Solaris, Kadriorg Tennis Hall and dozens of satellites in various locations.

Designers, architects, urbanists, and planners are committed to ensuring a more sustainable and human-friendly urban environment. Insights and testimonials from other cities can be seen at exhibitions and the conference which marks the successful end of the four-year Europe-wide project “Human Cities – Challenging the City Scale”. We are looking forward to presenters from several architectural bureaus and other distinguished visionaries such as Mark Kingwell (Canada), Liam Young (UK) and Chantal Vanoeteren (Belgium). Those interested in urban development can see projects from 11 different countries, including innovative projects of Politecnico di Milano and Aalto University. The Estonian team will present the relaxation capsule HÄLO. The works of the nominees of Germany’s renowned design award IF will complement the exhibition from the perspective of the students. „Human Cities“, a music piece by Villu Veski and Laura will bring the project to an upstanding end.

This year’s design festival will be spiced by an exciting opportunity to get acquainted with the finest Estonian design in Viru Centre. At the festive Design Award gala product design awards BRUNO and SÄSI, graphic design award and prizes in other categories will be awarded.

A graphic designers exhibition „Dialogue“ will also be displayed.

Throughout September in the Museum of Estonian Architecture visitors can become acquainted with the exciting history of Isokon which has accrued from the foreign representation of the Luther factory. The text and pictures of the Isokon Gallery in London are supplemented by product examples from the Luther factory and its descendant, as well as replicas of the Isokon products, supported by the well-known designers from Bauhaus – Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, etc.

The exhibition reflecting the plywood industry is brought to the present day by the examples of the plywood manufacturer’s workshop. The topic is complemented by lectures of Jüri Kermik, John Allan and Magnus Englund (Director of the Isokon Gallery Trust). From Hungary, examples of wearable technologies and achievements of digital handicrafts are brought to the Design Festival. Authors are looking for answers on how a traditional craft can continue in today’s digital world without losing value. At the exhibitions of design schools one can examine the developments taken place in different educational institutions during the year, also get acquainted with the student works from Lahti and participate in an experience room Design For All. The festival’s attractions are fashion shows, PechaKucha and Design Street. The light installations show the way to the attractive centres of the Festival, a musician Kristjan Kannukene presents his new single in the tunnel. It is possible to participate at an unconventional tour „Closed Rooms“ and visit places full of surprises you could possibly not get into.

There will be plenty of events for the entire family, including educational workshops for children and workshops “Child Culture Design”

Exhibition  « Saint-Etienne changes design,  French capital of design » .

From 2nd of April till 12th of September 2016 at BASE Milano (ex Ansaldo) Zona Tortona next to the MUDEC (Museum of Cultures) – Within the framework the XXI International Exhibition Triennale di Milano  “Design after Design”

To answer the topic  “Design after Design”,  the Cité du design Saint-Etienne conceived an exhibition presenting an UNESCO creative city of Design. The exhibition “Saint-Etienne changes design” demonstrates  the shift of an industrial city that, despite the crises, invents new development driving forces. It is a changing city that innovates, experiments and enhances the living conditions of the local population, facilitates the co-creation and transforms its territory in a living laboratory thanks to design.