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Amman Design Week 2019: Possibilities

Design is often cited as a discipline that has the potential to solve many of the world’s problems, with designers assigned the vast responsibility of refining and improving every aspect of our daily lives. With a future that is unpredictable and unclear, the question often becomes ‘what can design do for ----(refugees, the environment, water, food)---?’.

In the world of design, new ideas are germinating, and the understanding and expectations of design are being redefined and reassessed.

In 2019, we are looking at design as a catalyst for dreaming; the act of imagining what can be different from the way it is today, and moving towards it. We are shifting the conversation from the reactive act of problem-solving to the bridging of dreams and reality.

We invite designers to engage with us in a process of re-imagination, both of who we are, but also of what we can do, and the future we can deliver through design. We hope to collectively embark on a journey of discovery – to leave behind what is, and imagine what could be.

“Possibilities” is a celebration of the fictional, incomplete, and unsolved. It invites the creation of scenarios and storytelling, narrations by the makers through the act of making. In the spirit of speculative design, it is more about asking questions than finding the answers.

We are not in search of one all-inclusive utopia, but a celebration of the plurality of all that is possible; the many utopias that can be created by the mind that uses design as a tool for reinterpreting possible pasts, redesigning possible presents, and reimagining possible futures.

The future is makeable, so what are the possibilities?

Why Apply to Amman Design Week 2019?

Participating in this event provides you with the opportunity to express distinctive ideas, develop and exhibit work, and participate in the conversation about design today in Jordan, all the while marking you as an active member of the region’s contemporary design scene. The event will introduce your creative output to a larger community of potential collaborators, partners, audiences, and clients. In 2017, our exhibitions attracted 89,000 visitors, who came to see works by over 100 participating designers.

How can you participate?

There are different ways to participate in Amman Design Week. If you’re interested in presenting a design object or installation for consideration in our curated exhibitions or for a space around the city, apply to “Exhibit Your Work”.

If you are interested in launching a line of products, or have a story to share about the design objects or installations you wish to showcase, apply to set up your own pop-up space at the Crafts District, where you can also present and sell your work to our audiences.

If you are a student enrolled in a Jordanian educational institution, and looking to learn and showcase new work, apply to participate in the student mentorship program and exhibition.

If you own a space or have a program to suggest, visit our creative spaces application page, where we will launch an open call for entries soon.

Before applying, read our frequently asked questions.

Deadline for applications for 2019 is now closed.​