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Global industrialization and ever greater levels of consumption make upcycling an urgent matter, therefore ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) is addressing this issue in a design exhibition, a platform, workshops and conferences. The cornerstones of this project are ethics, responsibility, internationalization and co-creation. The Pure Gold exhibition consists of two complementary parts: the physical and material exhibition and the virtual platform as a space for dialogue, discussion and the storage of knowledge.
 

As part of the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) 100th anniversary celebrations, the co-creative exhibition format Pure Gold - Upcycled! Upgraded! celebrated its premiere.
The exhibition, devised by Volker Albus, introduces a new global generation of designers who work in an ecological and ethically sustainable manner, and it gathers multiperspectival approaches for a grave problem facing us today: waste and its recycling.

Although there has long been an awareness of marine litter pollution and the grave consequences for the ecosystem, and although we are constantly confronted with pictures of gigantic rubbish dumps in deprived regions of the planet, our day-today approach to what we generally refer to as waste is only changing slowly. The exhibition theme of upcycling – the re-use of raw materials that have already been processed to create new objects of greater value – aims to raise awareness of alternative production techniques, while simultaneously pointing up contemporary European and non-European design developments. The designs use what appear to be inferior starting materials, combine different kinds of objects in an unconventional way, or creatively process unwanted by-products.

 

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EUROPE

Karlsruhe, Germany

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NORTH AFRICA AND THE NEAR EAST

Cairo, Egypt

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LATIN AMERICA

São Paulo, Brazil

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SOUTHEAST ASIA

Bangkok, Thailand

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SOUTH ASIA

London, United Kingdom

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SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

London, United Kingdom

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WORKSHOPS AND PLATFORM

Berlin, Germany

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EAST ASIA

Beijing, China

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