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Design Museum Dharavi Conference


We are pleased to invite you to the conference and exhibition ‘Design Museum Dharavi, exploring design as a global agent for social development’ that will take place in Amsterdam on September 15th. The event will be an open discussion on design, creativity, and its future social impact on the expanding megacities of tomorrow. The conference will take as a reference the Design Museum Dharavi, the first museum of its kind, based in the homegrown neighbourhood of Dharavi, India.

By 2030 some two billion people, or nearly a quarter of humanity, will be living in informal dwellings. We aim to start the conversation on how design can help change our perception and response to these locations, encouraging a greater involvement from different organisations and institutions for a more sustainable development of these areas. The conference will also reflect on how museums and cultural institutions could adopt a more socially relevant role in the future, where design is being applied in unforeseen scenarios.

That being said, we would like you to be part of it! The event will take place at Spring House, home for radical innovators in Amsterdam, on Thursday 15 September. Attendance is free but limited places are available so please make sure you RSVP to in order to attend.

Program September 15th
13:30 Welcome with coffee and tea 
14:00 Conference Part 1
15:15 Break with coffee and tea
15:45 Conference Part 2
17:00 Drinks & Bites + Exhibition view
18:00 End of programme

Among the speakers are Rahul Srivastava and Matias Echanove (urbz), Satyendra Pakhalé (designer), Gareth Williams (curator/author/professor) and Kruti Saraiya (designer/typographer). See the full programme here.

We look forward to seeing you!

Date: Thursday September 15th
Time: 13:30 – 18:00
Spring House, De Ruyterkade 128, Amsterdam