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University of Montreal’s School of Design to represent Quebec and Canada at the Triennale di Milano


MONTRéAL —

After a 20-year hiatus, the Triennale di Milano is back under the theme “Twenty-First Century. Design after Design,” and the University of Montreal’s School of Design will represent Quebec and Canada at this major international design exhibition. Under the theme “From the Workshop to the Back Alleys: Engaged Designers in Civic Life,” the School of Design will present the workshops of six professors, as well as eight projects created by recently graduated students, at the opening of the XXI Triennale to be held on April 2.

“We answered the call of our Italian colleagues, both in the tradition of the links between Canada and Italy and in the wake of future projects between Quebec and Italian cultural communities. In this regard, I am delighted to have received the support of the Canadian Embassy in Rome to represent Canada at the Triennale. The major contributions of the Quebec Delegation in Rome and Quebec’s Ministry of International Relations and La Francophonie are also greatly appreciated,” said the School of Design’s director, Fabienne Münch.

The only other institution that will represent Canada alongside University of Montreal’s School of Design is the Emily Carr University of Art + Design from Vancouver. “For UM’s School of Design, being present at the reopening of the Milan Triennale is an opportunity to confirm our participation in major design movements internationally,” said Münch, who is also co-curator of the University of Montreal’s Triennale exhibition. “Our school’s mission – to advance society through design – will find expression more than ever in the atmosphere of reflection and experimentation under the theme Design after Design.”

University of Montreal’s School of Design presents: “From the Workshop to the Back Alleys: Engaged Designers in Civic Life”

“We approached the theme Design after Design, which runs through this edition of the Triennale, by expressing our vision of the future of a more socially engaged and responsible design,” said Sébastien Proulx, who holds a doctorate from the Faculty of Environmental Design and is curator of University of Montreal’s Triennale exhibition. “Through various workshop and research projects, our exhibition will showcase how professors at the School of Design prepare students for the socio-economic and civic responsibilities at the heart of their future profession.”

The projects presented by the School of Design, “From the Workshop to the Back Alleys,” show how designers contribute to improving day-to-day life by embracing people’s well-being in their every gesture: riding a bicycle to the corner store without risking having it stolen; sharing books within the neighbourhood without depending on library protocols; aging at home without losing one’s dignity; integrating newcomers while assisting in the preservation of their cultural heritage; encouraging co-creation in an immersive workshop setting; and even sharing tools and vehicles.About the Triennale di Milano
Created in 1933, La Triennale di Milano will be held from April 2 to September 12 in twelve of the city’s symbolic locations including the Palazzo dell’Arte and part of the 2015 Milan World’s Fair site. Devoted to the theme “Twenty-First Century: Design after Design,” the 21st Triennale will explore the new millennium and the significant changes that have occurred in the areas of design, art, architecture, fashion, film, and communications since the last edition held in 1996. The theme invites participants – architects, designers, artists, and scientists – to explore “new horizons and establish the future building blocks of culture.” Thirty countries will participate, including Algeria, China, the Republic of Korea, France, Germany, Japan, Kazakhstan, India, and Mexico. The 21st Triennale will feature 20 exhibitions, two summer schools, three international workshops, a theatre program, a prize, a festival, and dozens of concerts, lectures, and meetings. 21triennale.org