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Open Call Exceptional presentations II: The Nightshop: an underground museum
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Open Call Exceptional presentations II: The Nightshop: an underground museum

Concrete Blossom, 2020
Whereas diversity can be a complicated and policy-based process in established institutions, according to Concrete Blossom any city contains places where diverse voices and cultures naturally converge, for instance barber shops, shisha lounges, public sports courts, tropical shops and 24-hour shops in multicultural neighbourhoods. These are the places where, over the past few decades, a new cosmopolitan identity has emerged which is characterised by diversity. In the project 'Nightshop', Concrete Blossom investigates what an institute would look like if it were set up in line with the typology of these multicultural, working-class neighbourhoods. Could it be a place that hosts exhibitions, products, performances and dialogues to reflect the complexity of a modern-day city? The Nightshop is designed as a permanent exhibition, while fulfilling the classic role of the neighbourhood shop at the same time. This way, Concrete Blossom aims to contribute to the development of (design) languages and methods that explore the crossroads of urban development, street culture, design and digital culture. The ultimate goal is to enrich daily life in multicultural neighbourhoods and to strengthen the urban fabric of hyper-diverse cities.

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