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Future Scenarios

24. September – 23 October 2005

See how design could improve life for pepole around the world in 2010.

There are many possible futures ahead of us. The future that will become reality will be influenced by the way we behave now. The INDEX: Future Scenarios Exhibition investigates what the world has in store for us whether we succeed in adopting Design to Improve Life or not.

The Arlington Institute, USA, has created four Macro Scenarios for INDEX:. The scenarios are general macro scenarios made as projections of global key drivers but all of them specifically address the five INDEX: categories Body, Home, Work, Play and Community.

As part of INDEX: 2005, organizers created the Future Scenarios Project, in which design students from China, India, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Chile, USA and Denmark were asked to imagine what life for some of their citizens might look like in 2010. Their visions are on display from September 24th to November 13th in a four-pavilion exhibition. The Future Scenarios Project is a key component of the INDEX: program, using a unique methodology to offer a potential glimpse of the next new designs to improve life as a complement to the current year's nominees.

4 pavilions show future scenarios:

Students from seven design schools from around the world envision the future through personas and daily life issues.  
In these two pavilions, people living in 2010 come to life through a display of their personal objects and belongings. See how they live, work and play. Experience their challenges both large and small and the design solutions they might apply to overcome them.

Discover the broad-scale issues and events that unite, segregate, threaten and amuse the future inhabitants of China, India, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Chile, USA and Denmark in the year 2010. The walls and ceiling of the interior of the pavilion display statistics drawn from the seven countries participating in Future Scenarios. 

In one pavilion learn about the personal lives of people living in the year 2010 via their photo albums, families and homes. Hanging on the walls are clusters of photos that tell the personal story of people’s lives in 2010. With each cluster of photos is a voice recording telling a story about the people in the photos.

The exhibition will be presented at the Town Hall Square in Copenhagen from September 24th 2005.

Exhibition and communication design by Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California.

The design methods used by the seven design schools to create design for the future are developed and generously made available for the schools and INDEX:by The Idea Factory Singapore/San Francisco


A professional Future Scenario Advisory Board has been established and is composed of CEO John Petersen, Arlington Institute, Washington; Chairman/designer Arnold Wasserman, Idea Factory, Singapore; and Designer Bruce Damer, The Digital Space Commons, USA.


Cumulus is the European Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media. The Cumulus schools are invited to submit designs as part of a separate INDEX: Award.

To learn more about Cumulus, please visit

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INDEX: 2005 partners were government institutions, private companies and foundations that support INDEX: 2005 financially and with services. Our partners were an integrated part of the development of INDEX: 2005
Without them, INDEX: 2005 would not have existed.

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