COVID-19’s large-scale reach has forced governments to react with economic shutdown. Yet in light of the perceived financial disaster, could this be a prime opportunity to rebuild better? In collaboration with DesignMarch, our next talk will address the efficacy of design in both combatting climate change and rethinking the health of communities.

To tackle the whole system will require years of commitment and a total shift of our economic priorities. By beginning to look beyond the conventions of GDP and financial growth as measures of success, and rather towards the wellbeing of a region, analyzing metrics like equality, mental health and ecological equity could potentially mean happier and more prosperous nations. This type of system will require governments to reorient their economic structures, yet surely now is a better time than ever to do so?

Connecting the interior-design community with events that facilitate progressive thinking and fuel innovation in the spatial-design industry is what our #FrameLive series is all about. Join us for our next talk with DesignMarch to discuss how we can best treat both people and the planet with new design approaches.

Presenting #FrameLive: designing for de-growth – how can we save people and the planet?

26 June 2020 at 16.00 CEST

During this unforeseen time in human history, we have experienced fear, loss and vulnerability due to the pandemic and, simultaneously, an unprecedented shutdown of industry. It's been a dramatic systemic pause, and has resulted in signs of nature's regeneration. As we wake up to these colossal changes in human behaviour while being faced with economic challenges, we begin to realize that things will never be the same again.

What if we approached that as an opportunity in terms of combatting the climate crisis? And begin to ask how designers and architects can facilitate regeneration – even de-growth – while improving the health and prosperity of people and the planet? Join us as we delve into this urgent topic with Hrund Gunnsteinsdóttir (managing director, Festa), Nils Wiberg (interactive artist and interaction designer at Gagarín) and Anna María Bogadóttir (architect and founder of Úrbanistan) in conversation with Frame founder and director Robert Thiemann.


Hrund Gunnsteindsdóttir is an entrepreneur, poet, former UN crisis manager, and the former chair of the Technology Development Fund in Iceland, which supports innovation.  She works as a consultant for the United Nations, specifically on gender, leadership and post-conflict reconstruction. Hrund is also the directing manager of Festa, centre for corporate social responsibility in Iceland.

Anna María Bogadóttir is an architect whose focus is on architecture as cultural and critical practice. She operates at the interface of architecture, art and urban culture and works with transformation, heritage and media as a creative force in architecture. She is the founder of Úrbanistan, which works on a variety of projects that involve spatial, strategic and urban design, as well as research, publication and curatorial practices.

Nils Wiberg is an interactive artist and interaction designer at Gagarín, an experience design studio passionate about weaving education, information and data into compelling stories. He specializes in the creation of immersive experiences where people reach insight through an unconscious process of intuition and he strives to poeticize the distance between man and technology. 

This event is hosted on Zoom – register yourself to secure a spot here.

Stay tuned, we’ll be announcing more talks and workshops every week. Interested in participating in our #FrameLive programme? Reach out to us to discover the possibilities here.