Today marks the start of Munich’s Creative Business Week, involving various events and expos focusing on design and creativity. Over ninety events will be held in the city from today until Sunday 12th February, most prominently the TOCA ME design conference this coming weekend at the Reithalle. TOCA ME is already sold-out, but I’ll be providing a full report next week.
The MCBW allows for networking on an international scale – anyone who’s anyone in the world of design and creative arts is in the Bavarian capital this week to showcase new ideas and discuss new trends and ideas. BMW is also getting involved and will hold several talks on design. Tomorrow night they’ll be discussing behaviorology (behavioral research and architectural design) at the BMW Welt museum (the discussion will be held in English, admission from 7pm – the talk starts at 7.30pm) and throughout the week you can learn about the creative process behind the new BMW 3 series Sedan.
The estimed iF design awards will also be celebrated in Munich this Friday, honouring all forms of design – fashion, the automobile industry, electronic media, architecture, sound design – pretty much everything that comes under the bracket of creative design.
The Museum of Egyptian Art in the city’s art district is also hosting a creative event this week – the exhibition’s entitled “thinking spaces for design” and costs just 2 € entry (and it’s only on this week, so head down there one evening after work). The exhibition focuses on product development – exhibitors from all around the world will be there to show off their latest designs and if you’re a fan of good architecture, the building is worth a visit simply to appreciate its grandeur.
Of particular interest at the Museum of Egyptian art is an exhibition on urban bikes, running until tomorrow night. My city bike is around thirty years old, rusting and decidedly unsafe (though the way I ride a bicycle could contribute to the lack of safety). If you want a practical and totally hipster city bike, check out one of the Schindelhauer bikes there.
And if you’re fascinated by urban development, another interesting talk will be headed by Munich’s city architect, Professor Elisabeth Merk tomorrow night. If the city’s not your thing, perhaps you’re interested in urban farming? Check out the EDITH Designgalerie before 7pm tonight to learn how you can have your own miniature farm in the city. If it’s feasible or not, I can’t say – but the idea is intruiging in itself.
If you work in design, or if you’re simply curious about new trends and the development of the creative world, check out the MCBW’s website and sign-up to check out what events are on offer this week.