Z33 Debates: Designing Futures

Z33 Debates: Designing Futures
08.04 to 13.04.2014

“Showing nothing, meaning more”

In a series of in-depth interviews during Designweek Milan, Z33 rethinks what design can mean in and for the future. Topics are: design and future thinking, the practice of exhibiting design, design mentorship and collaborative learning, and design discourse and critique. What can design mean for future thinking? What is the value of design exhibitions and biennials? Is there room for a European Design Parliament; a Manifesta for design? What is the role of mentorship and collaboration in design? And, finally, what can Designweek Milan mean for the development of design discourse and critique?

Participating for the fifth time, Designweek Milan is the platform par excellence to reconfirm and strengthen Z33’s position in the design debate.

For us, these debates and questions are not mere critical notes. They are at the core of design practice and design thinking. The relocation of Z33 in Milan from Ventura Lambrate to Zona Clerici can be considered as a symbolical gesture, indicating that Z33 aims to bring this debate from the periphery to the centre.

Z33 Debates from Tuesday April 8 until Friday April 11 from 10 am – 11.30 am with a.o Tobias Revell, Joseph Grima,  Aldo Bakker, Walter Bettens, Johanna Agerman Ross,…


Tuesday April 8, 2014
10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.: Future Thinking
Interviewees: Konstantin Grcic (to be confirmed) and Tobias Revell
Wednesday April 9, 2014
10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.: Practice of Exhibiting
Interviewee: Joseph Grima
Thursday April 10, 2014
10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.: Mentorship and Collaboration
Interviewees: Aldo Bakker and Rianne Makkink (to be confirmed)
Friday April 11, 2014
10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.: Discourse and Critique
Interviewees: Johanna Agerman Ross & Walter Bettens

All interviews and debates led by Jan Boelen.

In the afternoons under the umbrella ‘Z33 Invites’, Z33 opens the floor to invited partner organizations such as Cultuurplatform Design and BIO50 (24th Biennial of Design
Ljubljana, Slovenia)


Location: Zona Clerici, Palazzo Clerici, first floor, Via Clerici, 5, 20121 Milaan - Opening hours: Tue – Sun: 10 am – 8pm

Z33 Debates in a scenography of tables and benches,designed by Raw Edges design studio for Caesarstone as part of Islands.

In collaboration with DAMn°


Would you like to join the debate, please reserve your spot via

Join the debate on Twitter #z33debates

The debates will be made available online at as of April 8.


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