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Common Good is a survey of contemporary design from the Asia-Pacific region that explores design-led responses to social, ethical and environmental challenges by a new generation of socially-engaged designers. Diminishing natural resources, population pressure and the preservation of our cultural heritage are among the issues explored.
Common Good profiles several key movements emerging in contemporary design practice through an expansive selection of innovative projects ranging from material explorations, contemporary craft, video game design, speculative practice and large-scale architectural interventions. The exhibition presents emerging sustainable design practices, international development initiatives and projects that demonstrate the ability of technology to generate social awareness and influence personal behaviour.
Common Good includes work from eminent international designers Nendo, Studio Swine, Bijoy Jain, Jo Nagasaka, Kwangho Lee and WOHA. Globally recognised local designers include Ken Wong, Lucy McRae and Henry Wilson.
Common Good was launched as part of Sydney Design Festival 2018.
‘Common Good brings together socially engaged designers and
research projects, highlighting collaborative opportunities for our
regional design community to work towards tangible solutions for
Common Good invites you to explore the impact of contemporary design practice in Australia and
neighbouring regions, examining how designers are responding to social, environmental and ethical
challenges to affect change.
A print companion to the exhibition of the same name at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (on
display from 2 March to 2 December 2018), this publication features detailed interviews with designers,
essays by MAAS Senior Curator Keinton Butler and Joshua Bolchover from Urban Rural Framework, plus
in-depth information on materials, themes and projects focusing on the diversity of design practice.