In a world most people believe is fundamentally not free, i.e. that individual freedom is an illusion even in countries known for centuries of democracy and civil liberties, there is still a non- materialized space for free actions in art and creativity. Even though in different areas of design clients demands largely shape the look of the final product, there are key individuals and groups who are able to achieve creative autonomy, leading the way. The international creative conference of this year’s Belgrade Design Week investigates this very subject and promotes the carefully curated authors who found an authentic way to define such a world, and to create premium products of the human mind that will last longer than the average product in today’s consumer society.

The third and final day of the conference was opened with reflections of entirely new aspects of the FREEDOM SQUARED topic, and in the end, left the possibility for further analysis and reflection. As always, Belgrade Design Week did not end with the completion of the program, instead it boosted the energy of local creatives and their regional and worldwide guests, to create and progress until the next meeting of the greatest design minds of our time in Belgrade.

bdw-patrik-schumacher-1 bdw-aalto-university-3


It was great for xarchitekten to be invited to BDW as Austrian Architects We were expecting a great time by experiencing all this different thinking’s on design issues. At first there was the road movie from Vienna to Belgrade: 600 Kilometers of flat land, an immense impression of wideness - like riding on a green ocean. Arriving Belgrade we were hosted by the perfect Organization and accompanied by very nice people of BDW. The most valuable element of BDW´s Performing, Discussing, Lecturing in the Theater, Visiting the Clubs and Restaurants of Belgrade has been the linking excellent thinking and facing experts coming from different fields of design as well as different regions of Europe. xarchitekten are convinced about the great role of BDW as an Place for multidisciplinary Evolution, therefore BDW is facing a great future. Hopefully xarchitekten will be connected to BDW again.