It is not only our intuition that plays a large role in structuring our world, but also the (re-) cognition of patterns, for instance in dating or in visualisation. In our focus section, we investigate the special features of patterns, engage with the meaning and purpose of sample collections, ask why people opt for prefabricated houses, and introduce projects that demonstrate what different functions patterns can assume apart from structuring.
Not only with regard to current events, we have dedicated the fourth part of our anniversary series to the European idea. For some time, this – or rather the EU as its political and at times bureaucratic embodiment – has been subject to considerable hostility, both internally and externally. The critics don’t seem to propose any alternatives other than retrograde, national solo efforts at the cost of economically disadvantaged regions in the style of “Make America Great Again” or “Let’s Take Back Control”. Isn’t it high time that design took sides? Even if just to be ready for discussion and conflict as we confront the small-minded and those clinging to the past – who, by the way, have long since been partisan?
Last but not least: we are about to move. Naturally, we remain true to the city – we are simply moving to a different part of town. From July 2017, form will have its residence in Frankfurt-Bockenheim.
Stephan Ott, Editor-in-Chief