Instituto Cervantes in Intramuros will be the venue of a multi-national discussion series on design thinking for a complexly challenging world.
The events series is organized by the EUNIC cluster in Manila and RIDCULT, together with the DTI-Design Center of the Philippines.
“The Embassies of Spain, Austria, Chile, and Mexico, together with Instituto Cervantes, the Alliance Française de Manille, the Philippine Italian Association, and the Goethe Institut selected and facilitated the participation of important personalities in the design field from their countries. The designers join their Filipino peers during the event series—peers who represent pivotal turns in the local scene.” Design Center Executive Director Rhea Matute
The Spanish embassy initiated the project to build on its appreciation of the Philippines as being located uniquely amid cross-cultural flows, past and present.
“The Philippines is correctly the location of this EULAT project because of Filipino talent at reshaping what comes from outside the country,” said Dr. Javier Galván, Director of Instituto Cervantes.
Independent curator and critic Marian Pastor Roces was engaged by Design Center to conceptualize the event series and serve as Conference Director.
Design Week is the yearly festival for Filipino design and creativity. It is the only Filipino design festival that is national in scope – with talks, workshops, tours, and experiences in one week, and satellite events throughout the country from October 14-22 2022.
In EULAT for Culture, each of the European and Latin American speakers takes up a driving idea from their practices at the forefront of their fields. While the practices are disparate, the entirety of EULAT for Culture comes together around design concepts that address the world’s challenging complications today.
Cutting-edge design thinking is variously embodied in the practices of esteemed Spanish Architect Salvador Perez Arroyo; German-based green fashion/textile Italian designer Arianna Nicoletti; Austrian multi-media artist Horst Hortner; Daniela Gil Sevilla, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Mexico and artisan Camelia Ramos; the sustainable development-driven practice of Italian Architect Romulo Nati; and the textile design and sommelier combination of the French Filipina team of Kévin and Adrienne Charuel.
Filipino scholar Fernandez N. Zialcita and chef Margarita Fores, respectively, speak on behalf of Mexico and Italy, as well as the Philippines, in their presentations.
Other speakers include veteran urban planner Architect Nathaniel Von Einsiedel, food scholar and anthropologist Corazon Alvina, graphic designer Jowee Alviar, Architects Deo Alam and the Architectural Partners Sudarshan Khadka Jr and Alex Furunes, social entrepreneur Reese Fernandez, textile innovator Ana Lagon and food scholar Sharif Pendatun.