Social Design

A loom to start a business, a do-it-yourself house, or a solar kiosk for local power supply: social design is design for and with society — and highly topical. The consequences of the global growth economy are becoming increasingly severe for both human beings and the environment. Social design confronts the increasing imbalance of resources, means of production, and future opportunities and relies on a new, equitable exchange between the individual, civil society, the state, and the economy. Against this background, architects, designers, craftsperson, and engineers are all developing solutions. This exhibition presents relevant international projects and discusses the redesign of social systems, as well as of living and working environments.


Exhibitions and events

Design Studio: Processes

Temporary exhibition at Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal until 14.04.2019

How is a chair, a lamp, or a typeface developed? How do designers approach the design process? What kind of cultural and social relevance does design have? The Museum für Gestaltung is launching the...

Protest! Resistance posters

Temporary exhibition at Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal until 02.09.2018

Globalization, women’s rights, Trump: the poster has established itself as an effective medium for political struggle. 50 years after 1968, the onset of a worldwide rebellion, this exhibition...

Revisiting Black Mountain

Temporary exhibition at Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal until 03.06.2018

Experimentation as experience, self-determined learning and teaching, democratic coexistence: the Black Mountain College (1933–1957) in the USA was a place of lived utopia, a vanishing point of...

PA-DONG! The furniture of Susi and Ueli Berger

Temporary exhibition at Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal from 29.06.2018

They created Swiss design icons: for over 40 years, Susi Berger-Wyss, a graphic designer and Ueli Berger, an artist, designed furniture together. In the 1960s, the couple abandoned the well-trodden...

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