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.

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