What is standard?


Exhibition at the Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V. – DIN

For the Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V. (DIN) in Berlin, we realised the exhibition “NormenWerk” in 2014. The exhibition presents general information about standardisation but it is also home to an area where changing presentations can be shown. DIN has incorporated additional installations at several points that showcase the institute for its own employees and visiting specialists.

One important fact expressed in the exhibition: man is the measure of all things in standardization, standards do not end in themselves. A very simple exhibit shows the importance of standards: Two staircases are installed next to each other to give visitors access to the bistro. But only one complies with the standard, which is based on the step length of the average person. By climbing the stairs, visitors experience immediately the purposes of standards.

The exhibition also provides scope for the objects to tell the story of their own standardization by themselves. Visitors can, for instance by holding a cocoa bean to their ears, find out about working groups for sustainable cocoa cultivation. A fire engine explains the standards that it must satisfy. And a footprint sets out what a CO2 footprint is, what it says and doesn’t say about a product.

Client: Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V. Opening: 2014 Languages: German, English Opening time: The exhibition is open from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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