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FOUNDING PARTNER THOMAS WILLEMEIT GIVES A TALK AT HOCHSCHULE BOCHUM

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On June 1st, 2017 GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit gives a talk at the Hochschule Bochum. His presentation is part of the series of events called Architecture Summer Talks and adresses the students of architecture in Bochum. Willemeit will give insight into the work and office culture at GRAFT. He will present a collection of projects, planned and realised by GRAFT. And he will talk about what it means to work at a hybrid office like GRAFT.

The event starts at 6 pm in the Blue Box Bochum. There is no entrance fee and you also don’t need to sign up for this event. The event will be held in german.

Please check the Facebook Eventpage for further information.

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TOPPING OUT CEREMONY AT TEMPLINER STRASSE

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On May 17th 2017 the builders on site and the GRAFT architects commonly celebrated the Topping out ceremony on the project site of Templiner Strasse. Next to the Templiner Park in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg 109 new apartments as well as two new supermarkets on the ground floor are currently under construction. On approximately 4400 sqm and six floors there is enough space for flats with two to six bedrooms. 80 % of the apartments are already sold or reserved for future buyers.

The architecture by GRAFT realigns with the surrounding historic structure of houses. Their angular façade can be understood as a modern comment on the nearby located old buildings. Every apartment will be equipped with a balcony that will be oriented towards the green courtyard. The balconies will create an entity with the vertical garden.

Inside the apartments the flexible bathrooms show an interesting room-concept.

The project will be completed in 2018.

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CORNERSTONE-CEREMONY AT WAVE

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On 16th of may 2017, the cornerstone has been laid for the project at the Spree: WAVE water side living. Two buildings facing the Spree and offering space for 161 apartments will be built on this location. The GRAFT founding partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit attended this event together with members of Bauwerk Capital, the principal of this project.

We are looking forward to bringing these extraordinary buildings to life in cooperation with Bauwerk Capital and our construction partners.

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GRAFT WINS SILVER AT THE 10TH INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARD 2016

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After receiving a GOLD award in the category RENOVATION, GRAFT also wins SILVER for BRLO BRWHOUSE  in the architectural category Sustainable Living/Green at this year’s IDA Awards. GRAFT designed a free standing and modular construction consisting of oversea containers. The building offers space for a restaurant, a beer garden and a brewery for the young company BRLO.

The International Design Award was established in 2007 in order to recognize, celebrate and promote legendary design visionaries in Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic, and Fashion Design. IDA aspires to draw attention to the iconoclasm of design worldwide, conceptualizing and producing great work.

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GRAFT WINS GOLD AT THE 10TH INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARD 2016

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GRAFT has been honored with the International Design Award 2016. The work for Kabbalah Centre in Berlin Schöneberg has been awarded with the IDA GOLD AWARD, in the categories ARCHITECTURE RENOVATION. The Kabbalah Centre is part of the Bricks complex, which is still under construction. We are pleased and proud to receive this award for an exciting project we developed for Trockland Real Estate. Founded in 2010, Trockland Management GmbH is an investment and project development company focusing on unconventional real estate assets.

The Kabbalah Centre is part of the Bricks complex, which is still under construction.

This year the jury of professionals chose between over 1000 entries from 52 countries.

The members of the jury at IDA included Alice Blackwood Editor, Design Quarterly, Kahi Lee – Host, HGTV’s “Design on a Dime”, Style Network’s “My Celebrity Home”, Melissa Sterry – Interdisciplinary Design Scientist, Founder, Societas, Josh Rubin – Editor-in-Chief, Founder, and Publisher, Cool Hunting, Martin Venzky – Stalling, Senior Advisor, CMU STeP, Jeffrey Nemeroff – Co-Founder, Creative Director, Entra Magazine, Jordan Landes-Brenman CEO, Haute House PR & Marketing, Raj Nandan – Managing Director, Indesign Group, William Menking – Founder, Editor-in-Chief, The Architects’ Newspaper, Nicole Lloyd – Senior Art Buyer, Deutsch, Inc., Rebecca Epstein Kong – Co-founder, Artware Editions, Aaron Kenedi – Editor-in-Chief, Print, Geraldine Grisey – Editor, Punky B Fashion Diary.

The International Design Award was established in 2007 in order to recognize, celebrate and promote legendary design visionaries in Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic, and Fashion Design. IDA aspires to draw attention to the iconoclasm of design worldwide, conceptualizing and producing great work.

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GRAFT IN ISTANBUL

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On May 12th 2017 the Architektenkammer Berlin inaugurates the exhibition “Wohnungsbau in Berlin. Wer baut für wen?” at the foyer of the Architectural Association Istanbul.

There are 23 residential housing projects from Berlin exhibited. Among them GRAFTs project Paragon Apartments.

During a symposium on saturday 13th these projects are discussed. They serve as examples for contemporary Berliner residential building practice. This practice is enlightened and compared to trends in residential building in Istanbul.

You can visit the exhibition itself from May 12th until June 9th 2017. The entrance is free of charge.

Architectural Association Istanbul:
TMMOB Mimarlar Odası İstanbul Büyükkent Şubesi
Kemankeş Cd. No:31, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mahallesi,
34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türkiye

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GRAFT RECEIVES PRIX VERSAILLES 2017 FOR BRLO BRWHOUSE

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GRAFT has been awarded with the Prix Versailles 2017 for exterior design. The exceptional container-architecture of the BRLO BRWHOUSE stood out from the rest and persuaded the jurors.

It is the third time this award is granted. Since 2015 it is given out annually to architectural projects that combine cultural and commercial aspects of architecture.

The BRLO BRWHOUSE in Berlins Park am Gleisdreieck persuaded the jury, consisting of aus François de Mazières (Vorsitzender), Manuelle Gautrand, Guo Pei, Toyō Itō (Pritzker 2013), Gilles Lipovetsky, Guy Savoy, Wang,Shu (Pritzker 2012) and Minja Yang with its modern and at the same time industrial aesthetic of the containerbased building.

Another interesting aspect is the connection between the brewery in Berlin and the time-honored palace in Versailles. This building is not seen as a rolemodel of aesthetics but as an example of functional, commercial architecture of its time with high standards regarding quality and aesthetics.

This is exactly the kind of sustainability, GRAFT stands for.

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TALK BY GRAFT FOUNDING PARTNER THOMAS WILLEMEIT IN MUNICH

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GRAFT Founding partner Thomas Willemeit has been invited to give a talk at the  8th Institutional Real Estate Symposium, presented by BNP Paribas in Munich.

He will discuss the topic of “Realty in the Smart City: Living-, Trade- and Officeconcepts of the Future”.

The invited speaker at the symposium and the audience aim to discuss the essential questions in real estate business as an investment.

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GRAFT @ TINY BAUHAUS SALON VI

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On April 21st DOM Publisher is holding an event at Bauhaus Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung. The reason for this event is their recent publication “Handbuch und Planungshilfe – Flüchtlingsbauten: von der Notunterkunft zum kostengünstigen Wohnungsbau”.

GRAFT contributed their project HEIMAT2 to this publication. Dr. Lore Mühlbauer (Architect and Co-Publisher) and Yasser Shretah (Architect and Co-Publisher) were quite interested in the idea behind this project and invited founding partner Lars Krückeberg to participate in the discussion.

Together with Dr. Margaretha Sudhof (Secretary of State, Senate for Finances, Berlin), Melanie Karbasch (Architect, Salzburg), Van Bo Le-Mentzel (Founder oft he Tinyhouse university und Curator of the Bauhaus Campus Berlin) as well as Dr. Philipp Meuser (Architect and Publisher) he will discuss recent and future challenges of the refugee movement. The discussion will be presented by Katharina Stahlhoven (Curator Tiny Bauhaus Salon).

The event starts at 5.30 p.m., it will be held in german and ends approximately at 7 pm. The entrance is free of charge and you don’t need to sign up for it.

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LARS KRÜCKEBERG IS MEMBER OF THE JURY @ WAF 2017

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This year GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg will be part of the jury at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin. The festival takes place November 15th to 17th. During this event the winners of the WAF Awards will be announced. You can still enter the competition and there take part in it with projects that are still in the planning phase but also those that have been completed yet.

Besides the award-ceremony where the winners among the 350 finalists are presented there is also an extensive program including seminars, guided Tours through Berlin, parties and workshops.

You can get a ticket for this event to early-bird-conditions until July 21st.

The WAF takes place for the 10th time. On the occasion of this jubilee they created a manifesto where they name the topics that are going to have an increasing impact on the architecture business in the future. Projects that tackle the connected problems can still enter the award until May 18th.

The jury with Lars Krückeberg will debate about the projects during this summer.

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DETAIL SCHOLARSHIP HAS BEEN DECIDED

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Last week GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz acted as jury-chairman of the DETAIL Scholarship.
His colleagues during this jury-activity were Thomas Haltenhof (Schüco International KG), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Winfried Heusler (Schüco International KG), Prof Andreas Hild (Hild und K Architekten), Angelika Hinterbrandner (former scholarship holder and Master-student at Technische Universität Graz), Dr. Sandra Hofmeister (chief editor at DETAIL) as well as Hon. Prof. Meike Weber (DETAIL).

The DETAIL Scholarship includes 500,- € per month, a free year-long subscription to the DETAIL magazine, access to the databank of DETAIL, events and the permission to use the wide network of DETAIL and their partner Schüco (corporate expert in building envelopes). It aims at supporting young architects, that’s why students who are already or will soon be enroled in an architects Master-Study can apply.

The jury decided in favor of these four young and promising candidates:

– Lionel Esche (Universität der Künste, Berlin)
– Maximilia Anne Maria Ott (Technische Unifersität Dresden)
– Benno Schmitz (Technische Universität Berlin)
– Jakob Zöbl (Technische Universität Graz)

GRAFT congratulates the recipients of the scholarship. We hope for an inspirational time during your studies and wish you all the best.

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DESIGN THINKING TAG @ UNIVERSAL HOME

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On March 23rd, 2017, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit will be at the Design Thinking Tag of Universal Home.

He gives a talk about Future Living Spaces and explains his vision of living in the future.

The Design Thinking Tag is all about a transdisciplinary workshop-day for members of the Universal Home-community.

It concludes an impulse session with talks from experts in Design, Manufacturing and Architecture, followed by an introduction into the methods of Design Thinking and a Break Out Session.

We wish all participants a lot of joy during this interesting program.

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CAELA LIGHTING SYSTEM RECEIVES WIN AWARD 2016

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The CAELA LED luminaire received the prestigious WIN Award 2016 (World Interieur News Award) for its marvelous design. GRAFT designed this lighting system together with the talented designers at Zumtobel.

Only two products in each category receive the award. In the category Lighting Products CAELA is one of them.

The award ceremony took place at the new Design Museum in London. On February 23th 2017 many designers came together to celebrate the best products of the year.

CAELA LED luminaire can easily be integrated into a lighting management system. Read more about it on our project page.

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PANEL DISCUSSION: ARCHITECTURE, COHABITATION, SMART ENERGY

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will discuss the future of cohabitation in cities on march, 16th in Düsseldorf. His conversational partners are Mischa Kuball (artist), Birgit Roth (Deutsches Institut für Stadtbaukunst at TU Dortmund) and Marie-Therès Thiel, who is group executive manager at innogy SE. The discussion will be presented by Elke Buhr, chief editor of the magazine Monopol.

The event is part of a series of discussions titled Interdisziplinär (interdisciplinary), organised by Monopol magazine in cooperation with the Innogy Foundation. Scientists discuss contemporary societal questions with artists, philosophers and architects.

The discussion takes place in Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and is free of charge. It will be held in german. Due to capacitary limitations the hosts kindly ask you to register for the event. Please send an email to lichtgestalten at monopol-magazin.de and let them know how many people you are bringing.

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DA! ARCHITECTURE IN AND FROM BERLIN

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Upcoming Friday the Architektenkammer Berlin will celebrate the opening of the annual exhibition with the topic of architecture in and from Berlin. Of course a project by GRAFT is also included. The visitors will find information about the environmentally sustainable houses that were built in 2014 in context of the holistic living-project.

The vernissage takes place from 8 p.m. on at stilwerk Berlin, Kantstraße 17 in 10623 Berlin.

The exhibition will be open from march 11th until april 8th (8 a.m. to 8 p.m., monday to saturday).

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BRICKS BERLIN – PLANNING PERMISSION GRANTED

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GRAFT has been commissioned to develop the new BRICKS complex on the grounds of the former Postfuhramt (post office) between Hauptstrasse and Belziger Strasse in Berlin Schöneberg close to Akazien-Kiez. The planning permission has now been granted by the city of Berlin. Within the next years an ensemble of a mixed-use complex of new buildings and renovated historical buildings with three courtyards will arise within the vibrant heart of Berlin’s Schöneberg district.

GRAFT’s design envisages a total of 127 new rental apartments, along with commercial units for offices, retail and restaurants, as well as an organic supermarket, a school, spaces for the university, a taekwondo school and Kabbalah Centre, which has already been completed in 2015.

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GRAFT HOME. STORY.

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We are proud to announce the release of our newest publication GRAFT. Home. Story.
It is great to see this extensive documentation of our residential and hospitality projects!

GRAFT Home. Story. entails around 60 projects with detailed description and a well-filled catalogue of pictures and plans.

Read more about this first overview over the visionary work of GRAFT on our project page.
Or of course in the book itself.

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GRAFT @ THE LABORATORY ARTS COLLECTIVE MAGAZINE

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The London/ L.A.-based Laboratory Arts Collective chose GRAFT as a contributor for their recent magazine issue BUILD.

The Laboratory Arts Collective made it their task to re-define what a magazine is. Their aim is to explore a concept in its whole with every edition. They create original experiences for curious minds. It’s a great fit between GRAFT and the Collective and we are happy about this cooperation. You can find a thought by GRAFT in the addendum next to a rare photography of one of our built projects.

Get your hands on the issue, before it is sold out.

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SOLAR CLINIC INAUGURATION IN JORDAN

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GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg is currently in Jordan. He is attending the inauguration of the SOLAR CLINIC in Al-Mafraq, which he conceptualized and initiated over a year ago as CTO of SOLARKIOSK.

We are proud that GRAFT’s design for SOLARKIOSK has been implemented in such an important project. The clinic has been realized by SOLARKIOSK and the Siemens Foundation. It will be operated by the Jordanian Ministry of Health. It is the first structure of its kind, enabling a superior level of medical services in off-grid settings.

The solar clinic provides basic health care for the local people in the host community close to Al-Mafraq solely powered by a 8KW independent solar system. The staff is able to treat up to 75 people per day. Syrian refugees as well as Jordanian citizens benefit from the possibility of blood and urine testing, services like medical ultrasound and mother-child-care. Once the Syrian refugees use the facilities of the solar clinic, they are registered for the Jordanian health care system.

SOLARKIOSK was founded by GRAFT partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, Thomas Willemeit and German lawyer Andreas Spiess. It aims at providing clean, affordable energy and connectivity even in remote regions. So far SOLARKIOSK has implemented 240 operational EHUBBsin Ethiopia, Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Vietnam and , 1 Connected Solar School and 1 refugee Solar Clinic in Jordan.

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GRAFT AT BAU 2017 IN MUNICH

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will be present and  give talks at this year’s edition of BAU 2017 in Munich.

Wolfram Putz will talk about the “Diversity in Modular Design” in the context of Systematic Building at Forum A4 the DETAIL research – Building the Future hosted by the architectural magazine DETAIL. The event will take place on Thursday, January 19th, 3.10 p.m. in Hall A4/338.

Friday, January 20th at 11:30 a.m. he will give the audience insights into the topic of “Living spaces – Living communities” at Forum C2 The Future of Building hosted by the magazines Bauwelt and DBZ . The talk takes place in Hall C2/309.

 

See the Supporting Program of the BAU 2017 here: http://bau-muenchen.com/trade-fair/supporting-program/forums/index.html

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BRLO BRWHOUSE OPENING

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Saturday, January 14th 2017 the BRLO BRWHOUSE at Berliner Gleisdreieck opened for public and is from now on fully functioning as the gastronomic hot spot it has been built as.

Our clients, the craft beer-brewer BRLO Berlin are happy to see their business up and running and so are we. The free standing building is made of overseacontainer in a modular building method. Due to this you can easily dismantle the building and build it up at another place. For now it is planned to stay at Gleisdreieckpark for three to five years.

GRAFTIES at the party were the founding members Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit. They immediately made plans for the next cooperation with BRLO. This time it is about crafting Beer. Look out for the first edition of GRAFT Beer!

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GRAFT CHRISTMAS PARTY 2016

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Last weekend the whole GRAFT-Office went on a road trip. We drove to the beautiful Harz region, visited one of our projects there, the Ice Stadium Arena Schierke,  and took the Harzer Schmalspurbahn up to the Brocken mountain . At night it was all about the stars. We had a great costume party where everybody dressed up as a celebrity.

It has been a great experience from the first minute on. Thank you all for being the awesome team you are!

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ARCHITECTURE ACTIVISM BOOK LAUNCH

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Thank you to everyone who came out to our book launch at Eckwerk Berlin yesterday! We are proud of our recent publication ARCHITECTURE ACTIVISM, including descriptions of ten projects we worked on in the last years.

GRAFT founding members Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit were talking about their practical projects as well as their theoretical understanding of their work at GRAFT.

Followed by this four cooperating partners in projects discussed their role and their experiences during their work with GRAFT.

Mario Husten from Holzmarkt eG, HW Pausch, involved in the Heimat2-project, Jenny Scharrer from KfW Bankengruppe and co-founding partner at SOLARKIOSK AG Andreas Spieß gave interesting insights during this discussion. Thank you to Ulrich Müller from Architektur Galerie Berlin for hosting this evening!

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PROJECT STARTS AT CHECKPOINT CHARLIE IN BERLIN

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GRAFT is happy to announce the official planning permission for Charlie Living.

Charlie Living is the first block of a new ensemble of buildings that will repair many of the gaps around Checkpoint Charlie on the Friedrichstrasse in central Berlin.

Charlie Living is a residential project, consisting of 241 apartments and 48 Service-Apartments. Its court yard will be an open and green space, available for the residents but also for people walking by. The western front continues the garden by horizontally planted trees that connect the green court yard with the roof garden.

The section on the Zimmerstrasse comprises apartments for rent with a common room and reception, along with an apartment hotel, shops and a restaurant. Its two-storey, slightly recessed plinth picks up the line of the adjacent historical buildings and frames a glazed section that picks up the height of the former Berlin Wall at this point. This transparent, almost invisible structure becomes a connecting element that expresses the optimism and cosmopolitan character of the city after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The project is expected to be finished by 2019.

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CHRISTOPH KORNER TO PRESENT AT DESIGN WEEK MEXICO

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Christoph Korner will present “Architecture Activism” at this year’s Design Week Mexico in Mexico City. His presentation will be part of the “Creativity and Change Symposium”.

Christoph Korner is a founding member of GRAFT, an award winning design firm with offices in Los Angeles, Berlin, and Beijing. He is co-author of Architecture Activism, a book published by Birkhäuser De Gruyter. It documents ten projects that specifically address social problems and societal needs around the globe in which architecture is used as a means of actively fostering the development of livable places and environments. Among them is SOLARKIOSK, a self-initiated project that empowers people in off-grid communities by bringing clean energy and light into darkness.

About Design Week Mexico

Design Week Mexico® was founded in 2009 by Emilio Cabrero, Andrea Cesarman, Marco Coello and Jaime Hernández. Throughout its 8 year history, DWM has offered a programming with a wide range of proposals, exhibitions, conferences, installations and documentaries that generate a dialogue between professionals, students and general public to expand the thought that design is an integral part of life and has a significant impact on the way we relate in society.

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