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“Design isn’t just about style. It’s about integrity of materials, functional integrity, and intent in dialogue between designers, engineers, manufacturers and users. Sustainable production and consumption starts with a responsible design practice”

In collaboration with European creatives in design and production, the Distributed Design Market Platform and Techfestival, we are organizing a three-day exhibition right in the heart of the Techfestival in the Meatpacking District.

In the Responsible Design Market we have gathered imaginative creators from the European maker and design community to make design, production and consumption responsible. Over three days we present design-based projects, roundtables, talks and workshops that look into the future of responsibility in design, manufacturing, consumption and education through human-centered and systemic approach.

Welcome to the Responsible Design Market.

When? Thursday-Saturday September 5-7

Where? Techfestival mainstage area unless other is noted (see map in the bottom)

Participate! This event and it’s activities are part of Techfestival 2019: A 3-day festival in Copenhagen with 200+ events on humans and technology. Grab a wristband here to take part

Thu-Sat 05-07/09/2019 (9am-10pm): Responsible Design Market Exhibition

Today, most products we own travel thousands of kilometers before we can enjoy them. Assembled in super-sized factories that turn out mass-produced, standardized products, which leaves no room for individual needs, personal intent or the use of local resources. What if we could change this system? Reduce the ecological footprint of products, democratize access to quality goods and create a global market for responsible design? 

We present you 10 forward-looking design-based projects that look into the future of responsibility in design, manufacturing, consumption and education through human-centered and systemic approaches.


Thu 05/09/2019 (10am-6pm): thr34d5 Popup workshop: The Game of Care

How to take care of (almost anything) The figures of pollution by the fast fashion are dramatic; it is up to us to make a move toward care-taking, now! Let’s build a collective maintenance and repair kit for textiles together. Design and make your own tool working with a peculiar biomaterial: kombucha’s bacterial cellulose, and use it to recycle second hand textiles into your own object. All designs and ways to repair are shared with the community. All contributions will progressively add up to constitute a kit for care.


Thu 05/09/2019 (5.30-7.30pm): Session: Open Up Open Source (Venue: Rysensteen Gymnasium FT3). Remember to SIGN UP!

When we talk about open-source in the tech/design community we often do so in esoteric terms focused on value creation in our products and business models. In this session, we take a step back (or a leap forward?) to look beyond our own sender oriented propositions and think about open source as a tool for societal, democratic activism and participation.

Join this productive conversation on how we, the designer, maker and tech community, can take on a leading role in the future of activism, on how we can open up not only our work and spaces but build a methodology for co-design, democratic access and citizen activism. A broad group of pioneers from hardware, software, arts and crafts, the maker community and most importantly the field of citizen activism will join us, whom on a daily basis are digging deep into the mud of participation and collaboration.

S P E A K E R S :

Adrien Rigobello (FR). Co-founder of thr34d5, Advisory Board member Fab City Grand Paris

Nadja Gaudillière (FR). Co-founder of thr34d5

Christina Rebel (UK). Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer of Wikifactory

Limited number of seats! Sign up for the session here


Fri 06/07/2019 (3-4.30pm): Maker MeetUp: Designing for Responsibility and Impact

How do we design our way to shared responsibility? And how do we design the business models of the future that ensure impact on all three bottom lines?

At this Maker MeetUp we gather imaginative creators and responsible leaders from the European maker and design community at Techfestival 2019 to discuss the potentials and pitfalls of making design, production and consumption a shared responsibility. How do we develop our business models into sustainable ones, not only from an economic perspective? What services, processes and interactions create highest impact on both small and global scale?

Join us for an intimate MeetUp in the containers of the Responsible Design Market Exhibition, located between the Techfestival Main Stages. Several of the artists exhibiting their responsible design projects will take part in the discussions, share their work, frustrations and dreams, and hopefully we can take a leap forward in transforming designing responsible design practices into shared care for our planet and fellow humans.


Responsible Creatives

Find us here


Background - The Distributed Design Market Platform

With the coming of a more digitized world the way we design, produce and buy products has changed. A global movement of locally based designers focused on good design, smart manufacturing and quality goods is emerging along with a new type of consumer wanting to connect with the products they own. This paves the way for distributed design.

A distributed design approach enables new types of designers and emerging local markets all connected to a global marketplace of digital platforms, manufacturing spaces, and skilled makers.. The emergence of Industry 4.0, the global shift away from Fossil Fuels, climate change and overconsumption have raised questions about the nature and culture of the products we buy. Through Distributed Design Market Platform we are researching and developing alternatives to mass-production and the linear consumption models of Industrialisation. We focus on the movement of data, use of local material supply chains and digital fabrication as an alternative to the movement of materials and goods from production to consumer. This system can provide consumers more control over their final products by allowing them a voice in the design and production process.

The Distributed Design Market is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Read more about the project here: http://distributeddesign.eu/


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