About BE OPEN Inside the Academy Installation
June 3, 2012
An Installation and Prize for Achievements in Design Education
BE OPEN a new platform to showcase and honor recent achievements in educational approaches that promote real-world problem solving through creative design thinking.
In collaboration with Design Miami/ Basel in Basel, this June, BE OPEN Inside the Academy Installation is inviting a selection of top European design schools to present innovative design projects by outstanding students currently or recently enrolled.
The universities exhibiting at the BE OPEN booth at the Fair are: Le Cambre, Belgium; Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL), Switzerland; Hochschule Basel, Switzerland; Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden; Sandberg Institute Amsterdam, The Netherland and Glasgow Fine Art School, UK/
Each institution possesses its own, individual approach to design thinking, embodying a dif- ferent strategy for preparing the next generation of designers to succeed in an ever-evolving global environment. Some of the institutions focus on the future of product design, tapping into material and technological innovations to meet consumers’ changing needs. Others empha- size the need to extend design thinking beyond product development in order to obtain more systemic solutions to common problems. Still others encourage artistic or conceptual content to activate minds and bring about social or political change.
A jury of international design luminaries will review the projects of the BE OPEN Inside the Academy Installation and select one institution to receive the BE OPEN Inside the Academy PRIZE. This prize grants the winning institution the opportunity to select and host a series of distinguished guest lecturers to further its curriculum development.