Design Miami’s first event in Paris and the month-long Archtober festival in New York City are among the architecture and design events featured in Dezeen Events Guide this month.

Other events taking place in October include an exhibition on how design can help social and environmental peace, and design weeks in Eindhoven, Prague and Barcelona.

1 to 31 October 2023, USA

The annual architecture and design event Archtober is returning to New York City for a month-long festival of tours, lectures, workshops, panels and exhibitions.

Founded in 2011 by the Center of Architecture, the festival aims to celebrate architecture and reveal a deeper understanding of our relationship with the built environment.

This year, Archtober has worked with over 100 partners, including museums, cultural organisations, advocacy groups and parks, to create a calendar of more than 1,500 events across New York City during October.

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WRLDCITY is hosting a series of talks on urban design at New York’s Times Center

2 to 4 October 2023, USA

Also taking place in New York City is WRLDCITY, a three-day urban forum exploring topics of community-led design, climate change, the design of spaces for remote workers, and architecture’s impact on racial and social justice.

The event includes round table discussions, workshops, networking opportunities and a series of talks taking place at the Times Center.

With a focus on innovations in urban design, real estate and technology, WRLDCITY aims to highlight ways our cities can adapt for the future.

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This year Designblok is celebrating its 25th anniversary

4 to 8 October 2023, Czech Republic

Returning for its 25th anniversary, this year’s Prague design festival Designblok centres on a theme named Journey.

The five-day festival takes place at various locations around Prague, including the Trade Fair Palace, the Royal Garden of the Prague Castle and the Museum of Decorative Arts.

Reflecting on Czech design over the last 25 years, the event will include lectures, panel discussions, workshops and fashion shows.

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The Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco is hosting the Designing Peace exhibition

Designing Peace
7 October to 4 February, USA

Designing Peace is an exhibition tackling how design can contribute to creating social, environmental and economic peace.

Taking place at San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design, the exhibition showcases 30 proposals and finished designs from global designers, including objects, models, installations, maps, images and film.

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The theme for this year’s Barcelona Design Week is Design for Human Future

Barcelona Design Week: Design for Human Future
16 to 28 October 2023, Spain

This year’s Barcelona Design Week includes installations, exhibitions, showrooms, talks and workshops responding to the theme Design for Human Future.

In its 18th edition, the design week reflects on sustainable development goals that have been met up to now and what is still to be done to make design more sustainable.

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Design Miami hosts its first event in Paris this October

Design Miami/Paris
18 to 23 October 2023, France

This October sees design fair Design Miami hosting its first event in Paris, where it will present work from 25 American and European galleries at L’hôtel de Maisons.

Design objects, furniture, jewellery and lighting will be showcased over the five days, including designs ranging from contemporary and mid-century styles to Italian and post-war.

Dutch Design Week
21 to 29 October 2023, the Netherlands

Taking place at various locations across eight districts in Eindhoven, Dutch Design Week returns with a programme of tours, exhibitions, networking events and talks.

This year’s festival will present design works from over 2,600 designers from both the Netherlands and worldwide.

The event aims to focus on innovation, the future of design and emerging design talent.

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.

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

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