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The Festival Design District Zagreb 2016 Calls for Participation


25 March 2016 – This year’s peak of the long-term initiative Design District Zagreb, a pilot festival from June 16th to 19th, which we have already presented here, announces an international call for entries. Intended for the wider public, this inspiring and interactive four-day festival will host a number of small-scale projects in the east-central neighbourhood of Zagreb whose artery is Martićeva street, while a number of them may be selected for later use. Designers, architects, artists, and other creative authors are all encouraged to participate by applying their project proposals to the competitions that have been published here.



The competition Small Acts is organized in collaboration with Zagreb’s City Office for Strategic Planning and Development. It invites all designers, architects, artists and other authors from Croatia and abroad to apply. It aims to attract quality, feasible and functional design objects and innovative concepts with the potential of improving the quality of life and habits of the residents of the ‘Martićeva zone’. The focus of the call are design scenarios and prototypes in the form of urban equipment and fluid concepts as possible solutions for problems that have been identified in the area.

By ‘urban equipment’, the application calls for all broadly and unconventionally understood objects that belong to the typology of urban equipment (e.g. designed for pause and relaxation), that are made or suggested according to the perceived needs and problematic situations in the ‘Martićeva zone’. As ‘fluid concepts’, the project is in search for smart, useful and low budget design interventions in public space, site-specific installations with the possibility of developing an interaction of citizens and their living environment.

The deadline for applications is April 20th, and all shortlisted projects will be presented to the public at an open-air exhibition as a part of the Design District Zagreb festival (16 – 19 June 2016) and in its exhibition brochure. Find all information and the application form for ‘Small Acts’ on the webpage of Design District Zagreb here.



The festival Design District Zagreb 2016 (16 – 19 June 2016) announces an open call for entries of designer, architectural, artistic and other concepts and realizations, which affirm design and creativity in the context of urban development. Projects that will be considered should be suitable for exhibition and presentation in public space, as well as unused spaces that the festival will have available for temporary use (street window, gallery, apartment, courtyard, and similar).

Design District Zagreb is intended for the wider public, inviting projects aimed for different target audiences – professionals, tourist visitors, residents of the neighbourhood, etc.

The call is open for all interested designers, architects, artists, and other ‘creatives’, independent of their age, professional status or citizenship. The call is open for all private and legal entities: independent authors, artistic organizations, associations or companies.

All applications will be considered for selection by the organizational team. The projects selected will be those of critical and professional contribution to the program, experimental and innovative projects, but also small, unpretentious and communicative projects that are possible to consume in a relaxed festival context which will contribute to bringing the methodology of design closer to a wider audience.

Interested authors can apply to the open call via web application form latest by 20 May 2016 here.

The organizers of Design District Zagreb are the Croatian Design Superstore and Design Centre Zagreb. The project is taking place in collaboration with the Zagreb Tourist Board and The City Office for the Strategic Planning and Development of the City  and with the support of the Croatian Designers Association, Association of Architects Zagreb and Croatian Architects Association.

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