SBYD.SPACE explores new climate-neutral and resource-light ways of living and production. It transfers knowledge from sustainability research into society and the economy through design. The capability of design in making theories and abstract concepts tangible – and transferring them into everyday life –  is used to explore, discuss, and test these theories and ideas in practice.

SBYD.SPACE engages with diverse audiences and collaborators through a range of formats, including workshops, international symposia, exhibitions, an artist / designer in residence program and support for entrepreneurial endeavors. It is located at Folkwang University of the Arts’ North Campus at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Zollverein, a former coal mine in Germany’s Ruhr region – a location that could not be more symbolic for the transformation of industries, ways of life, and entire regions.


SBYD’s »Space for Biomaterials« will be hosting a workshop exploring the use of bacterial and algae-based dyes in design.

At the annual exhibition of the Folkwang design department, SBYD will be inviting the general public to take part in a variety of activities, including repair workshops and material experiments.

SBYD will be exhibiting, holding workshops and an event at Dutch Design Week this year.

The Space for Repair and the Space for Textiles are hosting a textile workshop at “Folkwang repairs!”. Clothes that are no longer worn, are broken or no longer look good can be redesigned. A wide range of add-ons and accessories are available for this purpose, which can be used to remove stains, close holes, change necklines, add cuffs, create patterns and create new functions. Garments can be turned into eye-catchers that stand out or are subtly modified to be worn again.

All items of clothing that are no longer worn for a variety of reasons can be brought along. Students and employees of Folkwang University can drop by without registering. External participants please register at

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