The Australian Forum, in partnership with thought leader Natasha Cica – director of Liminal Strategy, Hobart, delivered her infamous THINKtent as part of the inaugural Advance Global Australian Forum, at the Sydney Opera House, on March 13.
As part of his recent visit to Australia, BDW’s Jovan Jelovac participated in these forum sessions, along with other talents and award winners, covering an inspiring topic: SHAKING IT UP: How creativity + courage shift our paradigms. Looking at the world around us globally, with great hopes for the furture, speakers talked abut: What matters in mentoring the next generation?, Why and how should we explore new frontiers?, Who’s got the power? and discussed the Vision for Australia.
THINKtent provided this opportunity to get up close and personal with Advance Global Australian Award winners and other leading Australians – sharing their stories of endeavor, struggle and success. THINKtent is a travelling structure inspired by the lost Tasmanian wilderness of Lake Pedder, featuring specially commissioned works by Tasmanian designers and makers. It holds up to ten people at a time, and provides an intimate and safe space for people to come together for conversation, reflection and more.

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Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram have designed the exhibition architecture for this year’s CODE_n event at CeBIT, showcasing 50 of the most interesting big data startups, selected from among 450 international applicants. They have created an enormous graphical representation of the data collected by these participants, mapped onto a single print 12 meters high and 89 meters long. See for yourself…

BDW’s creative team received a letter of support from the City of Belgrade expressing full support to the organization of the Belgrade Design Week and Creative Project Serbia 2014-2020. The letter states that the project is of great importance for modern art and creativity as it promotes creativity and knowledge society as a supreme value.
a lovely video portret of Spanish design star Patricia Urquiola by Matthew Donaldson. The British filmmaker captures a revealing portrait of this creative woman at home, in her Milanese casa e bottega, where she discusses her working process and roots.

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Patricia was a dear guest speaker at BDW 2007 when she was named designer of the year.

Yes, we at BDW knew it, but now American researches have confirmed: there is a strong link between arts education and economic growth. A new study found that „education in dance, theater, music, and the visual arts helps instill the curiosity, creativity, imagination, and capacity for evaluation that are perceived as vital to a productive work force“.
BDW’s pet project – 100% Future Serbia showcases creativity in a space of just 1m².  Just look at this original geometry of PARTIKULA sofa designed by Marko Runjić.

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Running in the morning through the city (down what the germans call a fussgangerzone) and being amazed by all the grand empty old buildings that reminded me of my Berlin beginnings. Grafitti on buildings. Lovely broken walls with acne'd facades from decades of reverse engineering. Discovering that all the ships on the river were party boats and open till the morning. Sweating so much in one of the clubs, my phone got messed up. Losing phone in said club. Visiting belgrade police station to report a then stolen phone to a twenty-something cop with a doctor's lab coat, listening to Rammstein (loudly) while hacking out my report on a pre-electric typewriter that looked (and sounded) as if it was from some era before typewriters were invented.   Thinking of Naked Lunch. Thinking of Die-Hard. Listening to architects talk about porous facades. Thinking of old smart bombs. Imagining the flash and crunch of several floors of reinforced concrete collapsing in on themselves. Wondering why I'm the only interactive guy here. Why are there so many beautiful women in Belgrade? Why are there so many beautiful women in Belgrade?!