speculative design at BDW17

How do you imagine the future?

What are the solutions you imagine for our future problems?

In Speculative Everything, Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby propose a kind of design that is used as a tool to create not only things but ideas. For them, design is a means of speculating about how things could be—to imagine possible futures.

In order to democratise the design process, designers work with different stakeholders to imagine and describe a possible future, with technologies, environmental factors, and human affairs shaping up our daily lives – all in order to come up with scenarios and possible design solutions, be it tangible products or intangible services, to answer to the daily needs of humans.

This process in itself is speculative, because, simply, how can we really predict the future?

For the 2017 version of Beirut Design Week, MENA DRC organised a series of lectures and workshops with different universities in Lebanon, to introduce critical and speculative design and have the participants think about the needs of humans in the future.

The results are later gone through a selection process, edited and displayed at the main exhibition at KED, Karantina, during BDW17.

Here are some samples from the exhibition, along with their descriptions.


No speculative design would be complete without imagining the status quo of the future humans.

Here are some letters from the future.



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