DesignCities: Berlin is a joint experiment by DesignInquiry and the Design Research Lab and marks the second stop in a global expedition and exploration of design cities.

Questions and Starting Points

· What makes a ”City of Design” more relevant or significant than any other similarly vibrant location?
· Does the design community really sustain the myth of the so-called ”poor but sexy” city of Berlin.
· Do the political and societal changes have any influence on the way people here approach design and the city?
· Where and how do playing fields/locations for participation of citizens come into being?
· Can we emphasize the dialog by adding something or taking something away?

The notion that design practice, and the presence of designers, can alter the trajectory of a city for the better is an assumption that beseeches exploration and testing. Meeting Berlin‘s flora and fauna, getting used to its habits and communicating with its inhabitants will be the core of DesignInquiry-slash-Berlin. We are there as designers, artists, makers, exploring this design town.


DesignCity:Berlin participants will explore these questions in workshops, excursions and discussions. For 6 days you will live, work and cook together in the Uferstudios.


This experimental gathering serves as a multi-disciplinary forum and invites participants of diverse disciplines interested in design. Fields of interest can be performance, installation, interaction, drawing, music, philosophy, geography, architecture, gastronomy, walking, talking, etc.

You will find more information on the Designinquiry Website!
Partly funded by the KKWV of the University of the Arts Berlin.

In part supported by the University of the Arts Berlin

GoPro-Shot of our communal cooking activities during the conference

Design Cities: Berlin