The agenda of What Design Can Do Mexico


Eight years after the creation of What Design Can Do in the Netherlands, Mexico City will host this event focused on finding solutions to the problems facing large cities, as is the case of the capital of Mexico.


Now, in the countdown to start the conferences and debates around the topic, the topics during the three days of activities have been announced.

The resilient city

One of the objectives of this conversation is to analyze the 'resilient' architecture as well as to motivate the participants to innovate and find solutions to face threats that surround housing environments of natural disasters. One of the speakers on this topic will be Alice Rawsthorn.

Alice Rawsthorn

A journalist in international design and influential public speaker. She has participated in important global events such as TED and the annual meetings of the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland.

Designing activism

In this section, it is expected that the attendees can imagine a social, political, economic and environmental change as a result of the design in order to provoke a social activation. Two speakers that will be presented in this module:

Nicole Oliveira

Nicole is the coordinator of the No Fracking Brazil coalition. Due to her experience in law and international sustainability, she also worked as a consultant for other non-governmental organizations, such as Humane Society International, Oxfam Brasil, and others. As if that were not enough, she also has two master's degrees, one in international law and another in conflict resolution.

Nadya Tolokonnikova

The activist became famous after her arrest in 2012 for her participation in the Pussy Riot feminist punk group. Nadya was sentenced to two years in prison after some acts against President Putin, in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior of Moscow.

New creative leadership

It is believed that an effective way to change systems and societies is through design and creativity. For this, creative leaders in design, technology, education, and innovation will share their experiences and learnings in order to define the future of society without forgetting the environment.

Deyan Sudjic

He is an architect and since 2006 he has been at the head of the Design Museum in London. At some point in his life, he wrote about architecture and design for The Observer, The Guardian and London Review of Books. While in 2012 he received an honorary degree from the University of Creative Arts.

Creating cultural identity

For the designers, authentic cultural expression is important and part of that is reflected in their work. So, they give a second life to crafts and design techniques to prevail.

Sunny Dolat

Fashion stylist, creative director and production designer of Kenyan origin. Seven years ago, he founded The Nest Collective, a multidisciplinary team that works in fashion, film, visual arts and music. In addition, this project began as a meeting point for young creators and emerging in Nairobi, and whose interests were oriented towards poetry, feminism, and queer theory.

Rodrigo Oliveira

He is a chef and opened Mocotó, one of the restaurants most recognized by international food critics, one of the main reasons for Rodrigo is to make extraordinary dishes made with common ingredients found in the northeast of Brazil, which by the way is one of the poorest and dry of the country.

Humanizing immigrants

In a theme like this that has been around the world for centuries, it is important that the communities that receive immigrants are prepared, as it is common for them to be anguished, feel trapped and even deprived of their possessions.

Jan Rothuizen

This artist is part of the production of the interactive documentary Refugee Republic with the journalist Martijn van Tom and the photographer Dirk Jan Visser, who was commissioned to conduct an investigation in northern Iraq to document the daily life of one of the largest refugee camps. region of.

Marina Willer

Partner of Pentagram and creator of the film Red Trees, where she relates the current life of the refugees, through the family history of her father who escaped from Nazi rule and who managed to establish themselves in Brazil.

The food will pacify us

Before any other social network, food has become one of the most important instruments of change in the world. In fact, it is a window to observe civilization and reflect the social problems that are experienced today.

Marije Vogelzang

She is a pioneer in food design, and although she has been dedicated to that for more than two decades, she considers that her work is focused on the design of how we eat. Some of his inspirations are the origin, preparation, label, history, and culture of food.

The Mexican actor Diego Luna will also be part of the speakers since he has developed political activism and has created important projects such as the film festival Ambulante.

The Mexican actor Diego Luna will also be part of the speakers
The Mexican actor Diego Luna will also be part of the speakers

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