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Design Week Mexico announces programme and first participants for 2017

Dezeen promotion: this year's edition of Design Week Mexico will involve exhibitions, installations and talks across the country's capital from 4 to 8 October 2017.

The festival's ninth edition will bring together Mexico City's design community and international participants for a packed programme of events.

This year's Design Week Mexico will include an exhibition titled 100 Years of Swiss Design, which will feature the Hermès Baby typewriter by Paillard Bollex

In honour of this year's guest country, Switzerland, an exhibition of Swiss design will be mounted at the Museo de Arte Moderno, following its debut at Zurich's Museum für Gestaltung in 2014.

The updated iteration of 100 Years of Swiss Design will highlight relationships between the two countries, including former Bauhaus director Hannes Meyer's decade spent in Mexico. It will run from 5 October 2017 until 25 February 2018.

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Swiss designers will pair up with craftspeople from Puebla to create items for Visión & Tradición

Swiss designers will also collaborate with craftspeople from this year's guest state Puebla, to create items that blend the traditions of the two places.

These will be presented as part of the Visión & Tradición exhibition at Museo Tamayo, which is also hosting Inédito – a display of new work by emerging Mexican designers and studios, including Äco, Acoocooro, Comité de Proyectos, Equipo Miztli, Josué Ulises and Vertebral.

Last year's pavilion for the DWM Tamayo Project comprised cuboids representing both museum vitrines and coffins

Outside the museum, an architectural installation will be constructed by local studio Materia for the DWM Tamayo Project.

As Mexico City's answer to London's annual Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, the structure will be designed to respond to the architecture of the museum and the Bosque de Chapultepec park.

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A one-day symposium will be held on 6 October as part of the EXPO Design Week trade show

The EXPO Design Week trade show will take place at Campo Marte from 6 to 8 October 2017, with a one-day symposium on the 6th including talks by Nike vice president and global creative director Martin Lotti, Atelier Oï co-founder Patrick Reymond, and ECAL director Alexis Georgacopoulos.

"This discursive event will look at the dynamic relationship between design, education, innovation and sustainability while exploring their possible social impact, particularly within the urban context," said the organisers.

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Screenings of design-related films will take place at the Angela Peralta Theater

A neocolonial residence in the upmarket area of Polanco will be overhauled for the Design House fundraising event. The series of site-specific installations by a group of Mexican designers and architects will be open to visitors throughout October.

Members of the public will also be able to watch films at the Angela Peralta Theater, visit pop-up design shops in Parque Lincoln, and take design tours of the Miguel Hidalgo and San Rafael areas.

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Parque Lincoln will host pop-up design shops and installations

Mexico City is also gearing up to be World Design Capital 2018, which will include a programme of events around the theme of Socially Responsible Design, and Design Week Mexico visitors will get a taste of what's to come next year.

"Mexico City is the first city in the Americas to receive the designation, which is awarded biennially to cities based on their commitment to use design as an effective tool for economic, social, and cultural development," the organising team said.

For more information, visit the Design Week Mexico 2017 and World Design Capital 2018 websites.