EXD is an international biennale dedicated to design, architecture and creativity; a forward-thinking platform that cultivates and analyses contemporary culture through discussion and reflection. It is a springboard for up-andcoming talent and experimentation in different formats, from exhibitions to urban interventions, debates and lectures. Focusing on people and ideas, the biennale’s programme is designed to provide insight and incentive to both a specialized audience and the public at large, disseminating information and provoking debate. The 2009 edition of the biennale drew an engaged audience of 150.000 visitors, with 29 events during a total of 61 days.

Taking place in Lisbon since the first edition in 1999—with an international spin-off in Amsterdam in 2008—, EXD engages a worldwide network of agents in various fields, promoting innovation and design culture as driving forces for sustainable development at all levels. Strongly committed the creation of a legacy that will positively impact individuals and institutions, EXD promotes design as an active tool for positive intervention and mediation across society.