Spotlight: Human·Kind

Nurturing Joy by Design

Anna Carnick

A video chat with Studio Proba and Enjoy the Weather on their new collaboration, Tomorrow Land

15 Minutes on Design & Human·Kind is a digital series spotlighting outstanding creatives who explore design-led visions for a more equitable and interconnected future. To kick things off, we sat down with the designers behind the Miami Design District's joyful new public installation Tomorrow Land: Alex Proba of Studio Proba and Ian Coyle of Enjoy the Weather.

Each winter, the Miami Design District invites an artist or designer to reimagine the neighborhood’s walkable passageways with a public installation for its Annual Design Commission. This year’s winning project, Tomorrow Land, transforms the neighborhood—and the entrance to Design Miami—into an interactive, physical and virtual playground full of inspiring color, shapes, and patterns for kids of all ages to engage with.

Anna Carnick, Design Miami’s Editor-in-Chief and cofounder of Anava Projects—the curators behind this year’s winning commission—spoke with Proba and Coyle on the eve of the installation’s debut. Their conversation is presented by the Miami Design District. ◆

Tomorrow Land by Studio Proba x Enjoy the Weather. Photo by Kris Tamburello Studios for the Miami Design District

This series was conceived and curated by Wava Carpenter and Anna Carnick of Design Miami and Anava Projects as an exploration of the Design Miami/ 2021 curatorial theme Human·Kind.

About Human·Kind: As an antidote to our most pressing social and environmental problems, today’s leading-edge design thinking strives to empower traditionally overlooked perspectives while expanding the scope of valued narratives. The process begins with seeing the world for what it is: a network of beings entangled with other beings, whose future is entirely interdependent. The objective is to level hierarchies that elevate humans over other species and to subvert unjust systems that privilege certain people while denying others the full slate of human rights.