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Global Grad Show at Dubai Design Week

In a visionary approach to a student exhibition, Dubai Design Week is pleased to present the second edition of the Global Grad Show, following a successful debut last year. Featuring 145 projects from...
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Text by Ray Hu

In a visionary approach to a student exhibition, Dubai Design Week is pleased to present the second edition of the Global Grad Show, following a successful debut last year. Featuring 145 projects from 50 universities in 30 countries and six continents, the Dubai Design District (d3) will host what is easily the largest exhibition of student work from design schools around the world. The participants include universities from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region alongside internationally renowned institutions such as MIT (Boston, USA), RCA (London, UK), and Tsinghua University (Beijing, China).

Emphasizing innovation and social impact, curator Brendan McGetrick has organized the works not geographically but by theme: health, construction, home, work, memory, mobility, and play. Beyond the exhibition itself, which is free to the public, designers and representatives from each university will convene in Dubai for what may well be the world’s most diverse design education summit.

As McGetrick’s ambitious program enters its second year, the Global Grad Show is shaping up to be a highlight of Dubai Design Week 2016. If you can’t make it to Dubai from 24–29 October, when the exhibition will be on view, check out a selection of projects below and GlobalGradShow.com for more information.

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Bottlelight by Christoph Kuppert, University of Wuppertal, Germany
Bottlelight by Christoph Kuppert, University of Wuppertal, Germany
Hilla Nightlight by Tilda Jyrasalo, Aalto University, Finland
Hilla Nightlight by Tilda Jyrasalo, Aalto University, Finland
Keyphone by Henning Marxen, HFK Bremen University of Arts, Germany
Keyphone by Henning Marxen, HFK Bremen University of Arts, Germany
Miito by Jasmina Grase, Design Academy Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Miito by Jasmina Grase, Design Academy Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Printtex by Benjamin Loinger, FH Joanneum, Austria
Printtex by Benjamin Loinger, FH Joanneum, Austria
Sleeping Bag Coat by Anne Sophie and Gabriella Geagea, Royal College of Art, United Kingdom
Sleeping Bag Coat by Anne Sophie and Gabriella Geagea, Royal College of Art, United Kingdom
Algae Harvester by Fredrick Ausinsch, Umea Institute of Design, Sweden
Algae Harvester by Fredrick Ausinsch, Umea Institute of Design, Sweden
Lightbound by Emilia Tapprest, Aalto University, Finland
Lightbound by Emilia Tapprest, Aalto University, Finland
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