This week we looked at several design trends in the past that triggered social change in the future. One outstanding example is ‘Bauhaus’, this Germany design school influenced a large number of design activities, campaigns and genres all over the world in the next many decades. Nowadays, there are many different design studios, organisations and individuals with Bauhaus spirit are seeking to change the future of the world through their contemporary design practices. In this blog I will list out several interesting practices.
The Extrapolation Factory develops experimental methods for collaboratively prototyping, experiencing and impacting future scenarios. ‘Alternative unknowns’ tells new ways of thinking about emergency preparedness organised by the extrapolation factory. The artists were invited to a conversation with the NYC Emergency Management Department about emergency issues facing the city, and then responded by designing speculative artefacts. The objects created are presented at apexart in a theatrical simulation space, which served as a stage for a series of four improv performances by actors who interpreted these emergency preparedness objects and the multiple potentials for how they could be used. It is not only the idea of improv performances that interested me, I quite like the prop, setting and the atmosphere of this room. In order to fit to the tone that the future is ‘unknown’, the setting of the room sticks to the spirit of futurism – furnitures everywhere, walls are painted blue. A series of actor’s exaggerate body actions strengthened the dramatic aspect of future.
FUTERRA works with people who believe they can turn the sustainability imperative into the greatest entrepreneurial opportunity for a generation.
FUTERRA built a strong platform to communicate with clients and audiences, their interactive website includes every project they have done and improved each of them into single webpage that communicates their idea well. They are not just doing a project for the clients, they integrated their futurist ideas into their projects. When concerning about the environment and sustainable development, their insights and strategies are quite interesting as well.
Futurist.com is found by Glen Hiemstra, an internationally respected expert on future trends, long-range planning and creating the preferred future. In his website, there are many interesting and valuable insights base on futurism. His goal is to achieve a greater understanding of and enthusiasm about the future and future-related subjects for the public. It sounds like a lot of theory-related content on the website, but it does not become less interesting to look at. In their blog section, there are lots of critical thoughts, fresh news about events and campaigns that took place all over the world, ranging from environment to energy field. It brought us some new perspectives about how to look at human’s common challenges.