Common Good

2 March - 2 December 2018, 10am - 5pm

Common Good is a survey of contemporary design from the Asia Pacific region that explores design-led responses to social, ethical and environment challenges by a new generation of socially-engaged designers. Housing affordability, waste management, population pressure and technological obsession are among the issues explored.

Common Good is framed by five themes. Life Cycles explores emerging sustainable design practices in a reference library of design materials, including those made from industrial and agricultural waste.

Return to Craft profiles contemporary designers preserving cultural heritage through collaborative projects with artisans, craftspeople and manufacturers.

Connected Experiences demonstrate the ability of technology to generate social awareness and influence personal behaviour. Special commission Watermelon Sugar Wellness Lab, is an immersive installation that transforms your online behaviour into a personalized virtual organism, and provides a health check of your digital engagement habits.

Community Engagement explores projects that address social integration and poverty in the face of rapid urbanisation as well as international development initiatives and fully integrated, collaborative design concepts.

Design Fictions considers the role of the designer in shaping our future. Designers are questioning and debating the possible social implications of our scientific and technological developments, through carefully staged fictional scenarios.

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 is part of Sydney Design Festival 2018.