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The Limits to Growth!

Design and no-growth Sunday 01 july > Sunday 21 october

DATES
From 01 July to 21 October 2018
PLACE
Écuries
OPENING
Saturday 30 June 2018 - 6pm
CHILDREN'S OPENING
Saturday 30 June 2018 - 5pm
reservations: 
+32 (0)65 61 39 02
reservations@grand-hornu.be
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In 1972, the report prepared by the MIT professor Dennis Meadows at the request of the Club of Rome sounded the alarm: “Stop growth!”. Since the late ’60s, researchers from around the world have been pointing out the risks of excessive consumption resulting from an all-out race for growth. Yet the warnings of protesters in the ’60s and ’70s were not followed up by the necessary measures. Today however, society is realising how the dogma of growth leads to a dead end. Numerous citizen initiatives attest to an interest in more sustainable ways of living.

The exhibition questions the role that design can play in this social movement.Can we reinvent design? Can we use design to limit or reduce waste? Which projects invite us to reduce consumption of raw materials and fossil fuels? Is there such a thing as not-for-profit design? Born into a generation whose values are changing, young designers are no longer motivated by mass production of consumer goods. They are passionate about finding the most respectful processes, working methods and tools in terms of the environment and resources, and which promote a fairer distribution of profits.

“Stop Growth!” begins by presenting several critical works by artists who point out, often humorously, the failings of the dominant system to which they nevertheless belong. Six lines of reflection then propose alternatives for more sustainable design: deliberate simplicity, recycling, local production, low-tech, fighting against programmed obsolescence and the arrival of new economic models. Whilst no approach is perfect or satisfactory, each one has the merit of raising awareness and showing that it is possible to think about design in another way.


List of designers

  • Audrey Bigot
  • François Azambourg
  • Thomas Billas
  • CTRLZAK
  • Cléa Di Fabio
  • ECAL / Damien Ludi, Colin Peillex
  • Floris Hovers
  • L'Increvable
  • Hugo Meert
  • Christien Meinderstma
  • Jennifer Morone
  • Antoine Monnet
  • Henrique Nascimento
  • Norm Architects
  • OpenStructures in collaboration with Diane Steverlynck & Maud Vande Veire, Jian Da Huang and Jasmijn Muskens
  • Rikkert Paauw
  • Mathilde Pellé
  • Olivier Peyricot
  • Julien Phedyaeff
  • Amaury Poudray
  • OpenStructures
  • Studio GGSV
  • Studio Gorm
  • Studio Swine
  • Studio Simple
  • Gabriel Tan
  • Thomas Thwaites
  • Laurent Tixador
  • Lenka Vackova
  • Weilun Tseng

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