Commune goes beyond conventional ‘Design’: The next Dialogue
By Admin I: Back in June, the first ‘Creativenights’ event was held at Atelier Nawbar, Hamra, introducing ‘Commune’, an NGO that summarizes itself as a motivated team of designers believing in “Design thinking” methods. The event attracted a group of young local designers to attend an open dialogue with the international speaker and design thinker ‘Paul Hughes’ and ex ICOGRADA vice president ‘Halim Choueiry’. The talk went on for 3 hours, engaging the audience in several topics and design matters.. Okay, let me state it the ‘brofessional’ way for those of you who don’t know ‘Halim Choueiry’: the debate was on fire! a wave of controversial thoughts and a very impulsive rational were exposed all through the night; and yes, the event proved huge potential even for those who do not believe in today’s hip polished trend called ‘design thinking’ (I raise my hand!!)
Creativenights – the second event – will be taking place tonight and tomorrow night (Oct 12 and 13) at Alt City, Hamra, through an interesting set of 2 workshops with Ezio Manzini an international name linked with design and sustainable means, and Salam Yamout, an activist in the Lebanese entrepreneurial eco-system (as if it really exists, the system). The event is moderated by the controversial Choueiry as well; guys, such events don’t happen on a daily basis in Beirut! It’s not the typical let’s preach design, or the launching of something that will become cliche or be proven inspired* the next morning, this event is more like a reach for the new age of what’s beyond aesthetics so that ‘design technicians’ can know where and how to work (or just die, who cares!).
It’s indeed the right time for someone to take the initiative of educating design professionals at an age where ‘trend’ is invading all fields with no respect to the thinking process and the studied cultural aspect associated with every practice.
Let’s be positively ‘primitive’ and go back to thinking as a basis to our work. Join Commune on their a-bit-too idealistic quest!