Designing the Future of Energy

Energy is the main driving force of our society; energy is political, energy is invisible, energy is omnipresent. All of the buildings, infrastructure and products related to the generation, distribution and utilization of energy are created by human beings. Consequently, design plays a key role in the current transition to renewable energy. 

The exhibition »Transform! Designing the Future of Energy« shines a light on the transformation of the energy sector from the perspective of design: from everyday products that use renewable energy to the design of solar houses and wind power stations; from smart mobility systems to futuristic visions of self-sufficient cities. What are the criteria for designing an energy-efficient product? How can design contribute to an increase in the use of renewable energy sources? How can industry, government policies and every one of us help to achieve the transition to a sustainable future?

Snøhetta' project Powerhouse Brattørkaia is part of the exhibition that showcases innovative approaches in the areas of architecture and mobility. Located in Trondheim, Norway, it is recognized as the world’s northernmost energy-positive building, producing more than twice as much energy as it consumes, feeding the surplus back into a local microgrid.

The exhibition will be shown at the Vitra Design Museum in Germany between 23 March and 1 September 2024 and will tour to further international venues afterwards.