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Design House 2016: Change, Coordinates + Someone Else


Saturday 10 December, 2016 06:00PM - Saturday 25 February, 2017 10:00PM


1971 - Design Space, The Flag Island, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Curated by: Mobius Design Studio

What is considered change? In its simplest forms, change is a shift, a development or deterioration, a revision, or a redefinition, a transformation, an adjustment, an evolution, a revolution. Change is often instigated by curiosity and imagination; curiosity to find answers to unsolved mysteries and/or an imagination that goes wild, beyond what currently is to what could potentially be. Change starts with an observation, a question; a critical, uncompromising eye.

It has been this year’s DH participants’ mission to investigate the conditions of a location and a group of people, “an X”, then propose design-driven solutions that address an existing short-coming or uncover hidden potentials that could perhaps support, improve the quality of life, or give voice to their X. This has been nothing short of a challenge; starting points are often elusive, especially if the process requires engaging with others outside one’s circle; be it governmental entities, communities that do not share the same language, or individuals that are skeptical of one’s motivations. A good place to start, however, is by defining the problem, and employing different research methods to learn as much as possible about one’s subject matter.

Design House 2016 continues to ask difficult questions about the city of Sharjah and its residents, provoking reactions by opening channels of feedback to the exhibited proposals. The audience is invited to reflect and share their thoughts and opinions about the validity of the problems/solutions with the designers who continue to develop their research over the duration of the exhibition. This more open format is intended to assist designers in refining their parameters of change based on direct responses from members of the community, and hopes to lead the audience to start questioning their role in igniting change and how they can be part of this investment in people and in place.