With a population of more than 250 million people, of which more than half live in cities, Indonesia is one of the most urbanized countries in the world. Food production, housing, transport and urban planning have come to the fore as urgent problems that affect the entire region. Over the last decade Indonesia has seen the emergence of many new forms of design that engage, affect, and are a factor in shaping social innovation and political public discourse. These include design practices that are more local in scope and participatory in process. Indonesia, with a rich and diverse culture of local making, from batik to instrument building, is a unique laboratory where well‐established creative practices are meeting new technologies and alternative economies.

Indonesian Australian Design Futures is a project that brings together Indonesian and Australian designers, design writers, design teachers and design thinkers to work on sustainable futures.

Building on established collaborations between designers in Indonesia (Sapu Upcycle, Spedagi and Magno) and Australia (Big Fag Press and Frontyard Projects) the project presents an exciting program of events, culminating in an exhibition and publication. The project focuses on the creative industries in resourceful and critical ways and draws on traditional cultural practices and new technologies.

We invite you to get in touch and get involved. There will be workshops, talks, and exhibitions so there are plenty of ways to participate in the dynamic world of Indonesian Australian Design Futures. Let’s design these alternative futures together.

Read some background information  about the project here:

The project was launched by Sydney and Salatiga designers at Festival Mata Air, Banyubiru, Indonesia, on February 20, 2016.

This project is supported by funding from the Australia-Indonesia Institute.

You can read more here.

Don’t forget to check back for project updates and Sydney Design event dates!

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