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This past week in Copenhagen has been filled with a series of design exhibitions, fairs, conferences, and guided tours throughout the Danish capital city as part of Copenhagen Design Week, hosted by the Danish Design Center. Scandinavian architects, interior designers, urban planners, and filmmakers submitted work under the theme of “Think Human” and ranged from urban installations to furniture and industrial design. One exhibition highlight organized by the Center for Information Technology and Architecture is the project, Thicket Installation (above), that examines how technology and architecture impact connections between public and private life. Other designers envision the future of the dwelling through the rise of co-housing. Last Friday, as part of the festival, an international jury awarded five designers the INDEX: Award, bestowed upon “Design to Improve Life.” Winners include Elemental Monterrey for a new social housing model in Mexico, the Swedish firm Hövding for their design of a cyclist airbag worn around the neck, and fuseproject’s See Better to Learn Better, to establish a free eyewear program for children in Mexico. Central to Copenhagen’s Design Week is the notion that better design is sustainable, but the best design also tangibly improves our quality of life.
Body INDEX award went to See Better to Learn Better.
The Home INDEX award was given to Elemental Monterrey, for their social housing model in Mexico.
The Play INDEX award went to Hövding for a cyclist airbag design.