It is a message echoed by Design for (every)one. Curated by Lieven De Courver, who leads D4E1, a micro living lab at Howest University that implements open-design principles within disability contexts, it’s a hacker’s paradise. Hacks to allow people to shower, play, walk, and even smoke more independently, this co-creation contrast to universal design is the result of makers, occupational therapists, and disabled people joining forces to create local assistive tools that enhance social participation.
Never exploitative, this approach sees an articulated series of performances by founder of Alive Architecture, Petra Pferdmenges, to question and stimulate the interactions between different users of a street in Brussels renowned for its levels of prostitution. For this section Possoz, together with RECIPROCITY’s artistic director Giovanna Massoni, also invited Paolo Cascone of CODESIGNLAB to make a contribution.
Back in town, curators Massoni and Anna Bernagozzi, present The New (Learning) Objects at the Musée de la Vie wallonne, which gathers together 80 projects from students largely on Master’s courses in design schools across Europe. A result of an international call for entry, it’s a pedagogical snapshot of what direction design education is taking and the issues that today’s students and tomorrow’s designers are engaged with.
RECIPROCITY design liège, various locations throughout Liège and in partner cities Hasselt, Kerkrade, Aachen and Maastricht, until 25 November 2018, reciprocityliege.be
RECIPROCITY design liège is an initiative of the Provincial Deputy – President in charge of Culture and President of the Office Provincial des Métiers d’Art de Liège, and is managed together with Wallonie Design, walloniedesign.be