2020 was notable for the new designs and everyday objects on the street. One of these was indisputably the face shield. The transparent face mask was used worldwide – but the design solutions varied widely. Visitors to the exhibition during VIENNA DESIGN WEEK 2020 were amazed by just how different these solutions could look.
In the presentation LOCAL RESPONSE, GLOBAL NEED, VIENNA DESIGN WEEK brought together projects that go far beyond individual self-made solutions: they demonstrated how communities of designers and makers found their own ways of assuming responsibility in the crisis. The objects on display were examples of a wide range of design approaches from around the globe and were produced in Vienna’s Happylab on the basis of open templates. Taken together, they provide proof that open-source, decentralized production and democratic design can protect us.
The exhibition featured contributions from MIT Center for Bits and Atoms (USA), Maker’s Asylum (Mumbai, India), Prusa Research (Prague, Czech Republic), Science Camp (Basra, Iraq), Casa Criatura (Olinda, Brazil), and BATCH.WORKS (London, United Kingdom).