UT @DUTCH DESIGN WEEK: co-shaping the future we all want to live in!
Every year in October, Dutch Design Week (DDW) takes place in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. DDW is the biggest design event in Northern Europe, where thousands of designers present their work and ideas. Last year, the programmes were organised a little bit different due to COVID-19 regulations. But this year the organisation is going for it: a hybrid (which means physical ánd online) event, from the 16th until the 24th of October. And University of Twente will take part in three programmes: Up Close & Personal by Design United, Embassy of Health and DRIVE. Participating UT projects will be announced very soon!
Up Close & Personal is organised by Design United, the 4TU research centre of design, with representatives who work at the universities of technology in the Netherlands: University of Twente, TU Delft, Wagingen University and Eindhoven University of Technology. In Up Close & Personal 2021, we will communicate state-of-the-art design research to illustrate, reflect and criticise the role of design in society. Participating projects will give meaning to the following five subthemes:
The World Design Embassies is a programme of Dutch Design Foundation. Founded to discuss today's social challenges with alliances of partners. Together with designers, the eight embassies work on solutions and develop new perspectives for the world of tomorrow. Three embassies (with Embassy of Health being one of them) will tell their story at Dutch Design Week this year, together with DDW21 ambassador Floris Alkemade (chief government architect, the Dutch Council of Public Health & Society).
Chronic Health - vital changes for a caring society | Embassy of Health
The awareness is growing on the fact that our health is dependent on more aspects than where our current healthcare system has an influence on. Because our quality of health is not only determined by the quality of medical care. It is also determined by the quality of our social contacts, the environment where we live and work, and the quality of new technologies. Read more
The expo at DDW showcases a selection of 12 design trajectories, in which we see the position of ‘unusual suspects’ take a new role in the care landscape of the future: care professionals, but also patients, neighbours, students, local makers and artists; housing corporations, supermarkets and tech companies.
DRIVE wants to give a podium to architects, social designers, game developers, researchers, clothing designers or communication professionals who have conducted project-based research in the past year or have come to new insights within design that they are happy to share with colleagues and other professionals. The projects delivered results that were important not only for the project themselves but also for future challenges. The DRIVE sessions are being programmed in conjunction with the World Design Embassies. Therefore, each session is dedicated to one of the embassies: Mobility, Circular Biobased Building, Health, Safety and Food & Water.
Tim Bussmann, project leader DesignLab & UTxDutch Design Week 2021, would be happy to answer them!