A conceptual design exhibition will be at the heart of Downtown Design

Published: 11 August 2020 - 2 p.m.
By: Jane O'Neill

Downtown Design has announced a conceptual design exhibition spotlighting progressive design thinking from the Middle East.

Architects and interior designers based in the Middle East are invited to submit proposals to the free-to-enter open call, which will be a key element of the festival's 2020 edition.

Recently it was announced that the popular celebration of the design world will return to d3 in November, albeit with a new hybrid format blending digital and physical events.

To highlight the design industry’s response to the shifting attitudes towards how we will engage with our surroundings, Downtown Design invites the region’s architects and interior designers to conceptualise how we will live, work and play in a post-pandemic world.

They can propose solutions in any format to how the design response may evolve in the residential, commercial, hospitality and urban design sectors.

There's no charge to take part and Downtown Design will support those taking part by raising awareness of their design practice.

Selected entries will present in an exhibition at Dubai Design Week, which takes place at Dubai Design District (d3) from November 9th-14th.

Find an application form and more information about the open call here.

Speaking about the ‘The Shape of Things to Come,' Pratyush Sarup, head of programming at Downtown Design, says: "The recent pandemic has offered the design industry an opportunity to pause and rethink its approach. How do we design more resilient spaces and communities? How can we offer elevated experiences? How can material and tech innovations guide those experiences? What is our relationship to our built and unbuilt environment? How can our work positively impact the lives of the end user?

"To spotlight the recent exploratory work and emerging design thinking that will guide post-pandemic creative response, with ‘The Shape of Things to Come’ we hope to amplify the voice of the Middle East’s design talent and demonstrate the thought-leadership of the region’s architects and interior designers."

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