– 25 November 2018
This year is the third edition of the international Triennale of Design and Social Innovation in Liège. It offers an extensive programme until the end of November 2018 which aims to discuss the influence of design on cultural, economic, and social contexts.
This approach can also be found in the name of the Triennale: Reciprocity. The event aims to provide the space to explore and critically reflect on design and to support the production of ethical and sustainable projects. In line with the organisers’ aspiration to contextualise design in its social fabric, the Triennial was preceded by several workshops in which students, members of the public, teachers, and members of cultural organisations worked together on various topics. The results can be seen at several venues in the Belgian city and its surroundings, such as La Boverie, a museum that hosts exhibitions during the Triennale on the theme of fragility. Old, sick or disabled people can be perceived as fragile, but so can life situations characterised by poverty or social isolation. The exhibitions in the areas “Handle with Care”, “Design for [every]one”, “Precarious Architecture & Design” and “Fabrica: Confessions” present the possibilities offered by design to change these situations for the better by changing the design of products and services. Another exhibition is located in the Musée de la Vie Wallonie. “The New (Learning) Object” brings together works by design students from Europe who have been selected by a jury on the basis of their future potential following a call for entries. The entire programme, which includes further exhibitions, guided tours, lectures, and workshops, can be found here.