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Five architecture and design events in December from Dezeen Events Guide

Everything Architecture, Designed in Hackney and Amsterdam Light Festival are among the architecture and design events featured in Dezeen Events Guide this month.

Other events taking place in December include the exhibition Willy Guhl – Thinking with Your Hands and the in-person and online summit Business of Design Week.

Read on for this month's highlights and see Dezeen Events Guide for more architecture and design events around the world.

Coco Lom's colourful graphic murals
Coco Lom's abstract murals are on display as part of Designed in Hackney. Top image: Glass House by Chi Wing Lo

Designed in Hackney
26 November to 4 December 2022, UK

Dezeen has curated the Designed in Hackney exhibition to celebrate the work of five upcoming designers in the London borough.

The exhibition is presented in with partnership with One Hundred Shoreditch, with the London hotel hosting the event.

Each rising star has been nominated by one of Hackney's most prominent designers. Camille Walala has nominated artist and designer Coco LomNelly Ben Hayoun has nominated animator Danielle Brathwaite-ShirleyRoksanda Ilincic has nominated fashion designer Marie LuederLee Broom has nominated furniture designer Amechi Mandi and Pearson Lloyd has nominated ceramic designer Bisila Noha.

The exhibition follows Dezeen's original Designed in Hackney initiative in 2012, which coincided with the London Olympics.

Photo of floating buildings on water
Floating Community on a canal in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Photo is by Koen Olthuisf

Business of Design Week
30 November to 3 December 2022, Online, Hong Kong

Design summit Business of Design Week returns to Hong Kong for its 20th anniversary in 2022 with a programme of in-person and online events.

The four-day summit hosts presentations and discussions led by 90 professionals, as well as an awards ceremony.

This year's theme is Design for Change, with speakers addressing topics such as social design innovation, the metaverse and metaliving, culture and the city, brand transformation, new urban models and social design innovation.

The event's speakers include head of design at LG Electronics, Chul Bae Lee; chairman of London Craft Week, Guy Salter; director for Asia at Art Basel, Adeline Ooi; CEO of Waterstudio.NL, Dr Koen Olthuis; co-founder of Thonik, Nikki Gonnissen; and founder of Michael Young Studio, Michael Young.

The summit invites visitors to network with industry professionals, exchange ideas and discover opportunities within design.

The event takes place in the Grand Stair at the M+ Museum.

Amsterdam Light Festival
1 December 2022 to 31 January 2023, The Netherlands

Amsterdam Light Festivals takes place for the 11th consecutive year in the Netherland's capital city.

The two-month-long festival showcases 20 light artworks in the east of Amsterdam, designed by international artists.

This year's event follows the theme Imagine Beyond, exploring the power of the imagination and creating miracles.

As part of the event, the festival has organised workshops with local primary, secondary and higher education schools, showcasing some of the projects as part of the tour.

You can explore the festival by guided tour on foot or on a cruise along the canal.

The Shed by DSR and Rockwell Group
The Shed at Hudson Yard, New York City with cladding by Vector Foiltec. Photo is by Iwan Baan

Everything Architecture
5 to 6 December 2022, UAE

The UAE-based trade show takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, hosting exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions and talks.

The event displays architecture products, materials and services from more than 35 brands, including facade, lighting, kitchen, bathroom, flooring, interior design and outdoor exhibits.

The programme of talks addresses biophillia, human-centric design, technology and innovation, the metaverse, conservation and sustainability and carbon-neutral design.

Speakers include partner at Foster + Partners, Will Plowman; head of the Federal Buildings, Housing and Establishments Design at the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure for the UAE, Marwa Al Taffag; associate professor at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah, Cristiano Luchetti; head of architecture at the Department of Culture & Tourism for Abu Dhabi, Mark Powell; and founder and design director at Raw-NYC Architects, Raya Ani.

The two-day fair takes place alongside construction trade show The Big 5, which runs from 5 to 8 December.

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Garden chair is displayed in the exhibition. Photo courtesy of Heirs of Willy Guhl

Willy Guhl – Thinking with Your Hands
9 December 2022 to 26 March 2023, Switzerland

Willy Guhl – Thinking with Your Hands is an exhibition taking place at the Museum of Design Zürich.

The exhibition explores the work of the Swiss designer, whose work includes the first plastic bucket seat in Europe and the Eternit beach chair.

The retrospective showcases prototypes, photos, films and examples of Guhl's holistic design process.

Guhl was known for prioritising durability, functionality and essential features when designing furniture.

As part of the exhibition, the museum is hosting a series of talks and guided tours and workshops.

About Dezeen Events Guide

Dezeen Events Guide is our guide to the best architecture and design events taking place across the world each year.

The guide is updated weekly and includes virtual events, conferences, trade fairs, major exhibitions and design weeks, as well as up-to-date information about what events have been cancelled or postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Inclusion in the guide is free for basic listings, with events selected at Dezeen's discretion. Organisers can get enhanced or premium listings for their events, including images, additional text and links, by paying a modest fee.

In addition, events can ensure inclusion by partnering with Dezeen. For more details on inclusion in Dezeen Events Guide and media partnerships with Dezeen, email [email protected].