Dubai design launches "Design for Good"
d3's Design for Good programme, based on three key pillars, will see two projects roll out within 2018
The Dubai Design District has launched “Design for Good” as part of concerted drive to encourage collaborative, sustainable and empowering design in the UAE.
Announced on Thursday, the project is based on three key pillars – Design to Placemaking prioritises design solutions that “encourage creativity and collaboration in public environments”, while Design for Sustainability looks to promote design solutions that maximise long-term economic, social and environmental value.
Design for Empowerment, the project’s final third pillar, encourages design solutions be submitted that "empower people and challenges perceptions”.
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In a statement on Thursday, d3 said two projects will be rolled out in 2018 as part of the Design for Good programme.
The first, called “The Mesh” will include a collaboration between the Fatima bint Mohamed bin Zayed Initiative (FBMI) and Emirati designer Roudha Al Shamsi – the latter commissioned by d3 to design three shading structures for the q3 community that will be produced by Afghani women through FBMI.
Under “Design 100”, the programme’s second project for thus year, d3 is inviting designers from across the UAE to design a piece of furniture or functional object.
“An e n expert jury will select the winning piece from which 100 pieces are to be produced by d3 in alliance with knowledge partner the American Hardwood Export Council and sold to the general public during Dubai Design Week,” d3 explained.
All proceeds from the sale of the winning piece will be allocated to Emirati philanthropic group Dubai Cares towards Syrian refugees.
d3 CEO, Mohammad Saeed Al-Shehhi, said: “Design offers solutions to any problem and through the power of design we can ensure a positive impact on various communities. Collaboration has also proven to achieve greater creativity and improved solutions.
“Our decision at d3 to launch Design for Good is based on these fundamentals. We are confident such efforts will bring the local design community together to work towards the cause of supporting and encouraging social change."