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At iF, it is a matter of heart to pay attention to the upcoming design talents and social impact. An exhibition that combines both in very innovative ways is the Global Grad Show in Dubai, happening from 12 to 16 November during the Dubai Design Week.
Started in 2015, the Global Grad Show is a gathering of graduate projects from 100 universities worldwide. In its fifth edition, the projects featured at the exhibition explore solutions for issues in the fields of health, social care, disabilities, biodiversity, water pollution, farming and sustainable cities.
The curatorial approach of this year aims to show the connections
between different spheres of human existence; as visitors walk through the
exhibition, they will experience projects related to the human first, moving on
to the home and community and finally the city, and planet. Our hope is that it
will inspire others to think critically about how they live, while inspiring
all of us to act consciously. New to this year’s edition is the Entrepreneurship Programme. An
initiate created to support the participating graduates with the opportunity to
be further developed as well as attract young innovative talent around the
world to Dubai’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.
"Young people today find themselves in a uniquely challenging position. As we face the stark realities of a global environmental crisis, as well as the more insidious effects of hyper-connectivity, it can feel that we are part of a landscape that is already simply too crowded. Wherever we move there is the potential to do harm, and nowhere is this more evident than in the field of design, with its links to a system of production and consumption that is no longer sustainable.
What does it mean to be a designer in a world that already has too much? And how can we better live in an era where the links between the micro scale of our individual human experience and the macro scale of our planet can no longer be ignored. Over the past few months I have been figuring out how to answer these questions, learning from the best design, art and engineering schools from across the globe. While the context differs each time, the role of design seems to stay the same- it is about engaging with the world around us with intelligence and compassion. It provides us with the tools to both identify and solve problems, and to think critically about how we live. It causes us to reflect but most importantly it also enables us to act.
Global Grad Show is a coming together of the brightest young minds in the design industry, taking place at Dubai Design District during Dubai Design Week. Showcasing work from over 100 schools around the world, it is both a meeting point and a celebration of the power of design today."