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  3. BIO 50: Ljubljana Marks 50 Years of Design Biennales with "3, 2, 1... TEST"

BIO 50: Ljubljana Marks 50 Years of Design Biennales with "3, 2, 1... TEST"

BIO 50: Ljubljana Marks 50 Years of Design Biennales with "3, 2, 1... TEST"
BIO 50: Ljubljana Marks 50 Years of Design Biennales with "3, 2, 1... TEST", Courtesy of BIO 50
Courtesy of BIO 50

From the organizers: On Thursday, 18 September 2014, more than 120 designers and multidisciplinary agents descend upon Ljubljana for the opening week of BIO 50, the Biennial of Design. Over the course of four days, they will unveil the results of a six-month long collaborative process, offering perspectives on possible futures for design. The awards for best collaboration will be presented by the BIO 50 jury comprising industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, design critic Alice Rawsthorn and designer and professor Saša J. Mächtig. Before the opening, the talk with Alice Rawsthorn, Justin McGuirk and Jan Boelen will be organized.

Brought together by the experimental framework that shaped BIO 50, eleven groups tackled the themes of Affordable Living, Knowing Food, Public Water Public Space, Walking the City, Hidden Crafts, The Fashion System, Hacking Households, Nanotourism, Engine Blocks, Observing Space and Designing Life, creating specific projects to be implemented during the Biennial and beyond.

Following a period of intense research, where collaboration and learning were fundamental values, the outcomes are widely diverse, ranging from a series of household appliances developed under the same principles that shape open-source software to a garden pavilion developed with the local residents to encourage new discussions about food. Other outcomes include a performative experiment that challenges the way one experiences walking in the city, as well as a multipurpose engine that doubles as a survival tool in a dystopian vision of the future.  

BIO 50 runs from September 18th until December 7th in Ljubljana. For more information on the event, click here

Cite: Evan Rawn. "BIO 50: Ljubljana Marks 50 Years of Design Biennales with "3, 2, 1... TEST"" 16 Sep 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/548669/bio-50-ljubljana-marks-50-years-of-design-biennales-with-3-2-1-test/> ISSN 0719-8884