Skip to content

Making a Deliberative Design Museum

Week 6
22–28 Aug 2021
Telling the Stories: on Writing, Curating and Sharing
Amelie Klein (AT)
Vera Sacchetti (PT)
Sign up

In the wake of our current political crisis, policymakers and governmental advisory bodies have been questioning the design and basic mechanisms of our decision-making processes. Design museums and institutions, like democracies all over the world, share the same kinds of top-down decision-making processes. What would a design museum shaped by deliberative and inclusive processes look like?

This workshop aimed to probe the possibilities of such environments. Through active research and performative exercises, we tested methods and enacted possibilities for the future of the deliberative museum.


Who should attend:

  • We welcome diverse perspectives, curious minds, and general interest in institutional processes, design museums, and research and writing
  • Students, graduates, and young professionals in diverse design, journalistic, or curatorial disciplines were encouraged to apply

Amelie Klein (AT)

Amelie Klein is an independent design curator, writer, and critic. Currently, she is working on an exhibition called Heimaten, scheduled to open in June 2021 at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg. 

Until July 2019, she was a curator at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, where she was responsible for numerous international traveling exhibitions such as Victor Papanek: The Politics of DesignHello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine and Making Africa — A Continent of Contemporary Design. In 2015 and 2017, Klein was nominated by the German magazine art for their Curator Prize, awarded for the best exhibition in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. She received the Richard Schlagman Art Book Award for the exhibition catalogue Victor Papanek: The Politics Of Design. She completed an MFA in Design Criticism at New York’s School of Visual Arts and holds an MBA from the Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria. For over ten years, Klein worked as an editor and journalist publishing a variety of articles in Die Presse, Abitare, and Metropolis, among others. She is a member of the OECD’s Innovative Citizen Participation Network.

Amelie Klein (AT)

Vera Sacchetti (PT)

Vera Sacchetti is a Basel-based design critic and curator. She serves in a variety of curatorial, research, and editorial roles, most recently as program coordinator for the multidisciplinary research initiative Driving the Human (20202023) and curator of the initial edition of architecture festival Archipelago: Architectures for the Multiverse (2021). 

She is co-curator of TEOK Basel and one half of the curatorial initiative Foreign Legion. Sacchetti was associate curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, A School of Schools, curatorial advisor for the BIO 50Biennial of Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and, as part of editorial consultancy Superscript, headed the Towards a New Avant-Garde” event series at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. She has recently edited Design as a Tool for Transition: The Atelier Luma Approach and Design As Learning: A School of Schools Reader. Her writing has appeared in Disegno, Metropolis, and The Avery Review, among others. Sacchetti teaches at ETH Zurich and HEAD Geneva, and in 2020 joined the Federal Design Commission of Switzerland. She is a member of the OECD’s Innovative Citizen Participation Network.

Vera Sacchetti (PT)