Every January, Cologne stands under the sign of design. The PASSAGEN, as the largest design event, opens the international design season with projects, exhibitions, and productions by the Crème de la Crème of the international design scene. The design location Cologne develops its entire panorama: The protagonists are senior gems and young net-workers, colleges, newcomers, institutes, architects, the media, and agents. For one week they all reside door to door along the route in the city centre of Cologne, on the Ring and in the Rheinauehafen, in Deutz, and in the especially creative hub of Ehrenfeld. The PASSAGEN presents the subject of design in interaction with architecture in an urban context and deals with the expectations society has on design especially with respect to ecology, sustainability, and popular culture, transformation and urbanism.