form Nº 278.
With its everyday presence the weather is such a natural part of our lives, yet we hardly ever think about its influence on design. The clothing we wear depends on the weather, it influences our mood and directs our decisions and actions, both small and large. That’s why we’ve decided to take a look at the inextricable link between weather and design in form 278.
Humans respond to exposure to the elements by adopting different strategies: we create coverings to protect ourselves; we try to predict the weather in order to better adapt to it; and we even try to manipulate it so as to avoid its unwanted effects. In the current issue, we examine these approaches from four perspectives. In an interview, Gerhard Lux from Germany’s National Meteorological Service in Offenbach/Main reveals how the service makes weather predictions and who uses this data in different ways.
In her article “Out Door in Fashion – Expedition Bielefeld”, Viola Hofmann discusses the development of clothing as a protective second skin and demonstrates how the protective function of clothes in current outdoor fashion has become increasingly absurd.
Sascha Pohflepp looks at the design of the weather itself and how this has always troubled us. His article “Climate Engineering – Vom Regentanz zum Hagelflieger” is also available online and presents the possibilities and (moral) limits of such design.
Even though the deliberate design of the meteorological atmosphere is (as yet) beyond our reach, it is possible to create atmosphere in a wide variety of contexts. In her article “Atmosphären gestalten – Feel the Space” Zhuofei Wang tells us what’s involved.
On the occasion of his 90th birthday on 2 August 2018, we talked to Luigi Colani about his motivation for his work. In “Gerechtigkeit gestalten – Prison Break” we present designed alternatives to prisons, in the Archive section we look back at the Expo in Brussels 60 years ago, and in “Werkstoff formt Material – Material Enquiry” we present a design approach that thinks and works with the perspective of the material in mind.
As always, three articles with additional illustrations are available on our website. From this issue, you can read three project presentations on the subject of “Designing Multilinguality”, the article “Climate Engineering – Vom Regentanz zum Hagelflieger” by Sascha Pohflepp and the review of the film “Vom Bauen der Zukunft – 100 Jahre Bauhaus” [Shaping of the Future – 100 Years of Bauhaus] online.