IDZ Design Discourse invites guests and IDZ members to discuss design-related topics. Researchers, entrepreneurs and designers share their experiences and present different approaches. The Design Discourse is a public evening event taking place several times a year focussing on different topics related to design.

Thursday, 4/27/2017
6.30 pm–9.00 pm
IDZ Event

Design Discourse: The Future of Work
Part 1: Crowdsourcing

The event will be held in German.

More information:

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Thursday, 11/17/2016
7.00 pm–9.00 pm
IDZ Event

IDZ Design Discourse: Design & Refugees
How to create a second home?

By the end of last year, over 65 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide. That means every 113th person was a refugee, seeking asylum or was internally displaced. How can design help to improve the living conditions and offer new perspectives to refugees? The discourse presents exemplary design projects by, for and with refugees – from service design solutions improving bureaucratic processes to architectural concepts for integrated living to educational programs and an easier access to the job market for designers.

Connecting refugees, designers and interested guests, the discourse tackles both, comprehensive questions of social design and its potentials as well as concrete and practical issues of how to get involved: How do you start a project, how to find allies? How do you get a funding? What are the biggest challenges and hurdles? What are desirable, future projects that meet the current needs?


Raphael N. Hemmer, GRAFT architects, Project Director of Heimat2
Ali Mahmoud, Designer, Art Director and Lecturer at *foundationClass, KH Weissensee
Laura Markert, Designer and Author of Fluchtatlas
Kussay Chichakly, Fashion Designer
Host: Lucas Verweij, Designjournalist

Register now and join us at betahaus Berlin, the entry is free.


betahaus Café
Prinzessinnenstr. 19-20
10969 Berlin


Entrance: 6.30 pm
Begin: 7 pm

* Source: Trend Report 2015 of UN Refugee Agency


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