We look back at What if Lab in 2023

With the new year approaching, it’s time to take a look back at 2023. For it was a year full of meaningful collaborations, innovative designs and further developments. From new What if Labs to projects from completed labs, all developments came to a peak at Dutch Design Week 2023 (DDW23). Positive use of mixed fuctions in […]

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What if Lab at InnovatieExpo 2023

This year, What if Lab was part of the Innovation Expo! How can we harness design power for societal transitions? On behalf of Dutch Design Foundation, we showed that through four What if Labs. We took visitors of InnovationExpo into a reality where the power of design is undeniable. The four projects visualise concretely how […]

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This is What if Lab at DDW23

With Dutch Design Week around the corner we share all things What if Lab in one clear overview! In this article, you will not only find new projects from current labs. You will also read about projects that were developed in previous labs and have been developed further. Find out which former participants of What […]

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New choices for mixed-use spaces in the city

Think of places with friction: industry opposes housing, mobility opposes liveability or nature opposes agriculture. In What if Lab: Rethinking shared space, designers, in collaboration with Sweco, make new choices for these areas. Space & Matter, Starling Associates and cocosmos have each developed future-proof, integral and adaptive solutions to shape the mixing of functions (mixed-use) […]

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Totaal Lokaal: what does the self-sufficient city of the future look like?

Title Lab: Totaal Lokaal (Totally Local)Design Question: What if… our cities were fully self-sufficient?Commisioner: Sweco Design Studio’s: Bram de Vos, Studio Floris Schoonderbeek & Studio Tjeerd VeenhovenPeriod: May 2022 – October 2022 Too wet or too dry, too hot or too cold, a scarcity of raw materials and too stressful. Does how we arrange our living environment […]

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These designers will create an iconic entry for Eindhoven

Eindhoven is the design capital of the Netherlands, but this is not (yet) sufficiently visible to everyone. In October, during Dutch Design Week, you see design everywhere in the city. But where in the public space do you see it the rest of the year? Eindhoven Design District (EDD) wants to change that! Daphna Laurens […]

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What is What if Lab?

What if Lab is a platform where collaboration between designers and clients (industry, governments and institutes) is activated and facilitated? A platform that focuses on creative thinking for the design of our common future. What if Lab allows organisations to explore how design methodology can support them in developing and researching solutions for complex issues (in the long term).

Decommissioning a windfarm, a goldmine of resources

On Tuesday 19 March, the concept presentations of the What if Lab: Upcycled Turbines in collaboration with Vattenfall will take place. The four participating...

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These designers are stimulating circularity in wind energy with Vattenfall

What do we do with the materials from decommissioned wind turbines from wind farms that have reached the operational lifespan of 30 years? Recycling...

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Labs

Upcycled turbines

As the move towards a zero-energy system progresses, the demand for fossil-free electricity will increase significantly. At the same...

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Welcome to Eindhoven Design District

Eindhoven is the design capital of the Netherlands, but this is not (yet) adequately visible to everyone. In October,...

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Sustainable public spaces

Jakarta is one of the most densely populated megacities on planet earth. With 10,560,000 citizens on 662 km2 and...

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Cases

Totaal Lokaal: what does the self-sufficient city of the future look like?

Title Lab: Totaal Lokaal (Totally Local)Design Question: What if… our cities were fully self-sufficient?Commisioner: Sweco Design Studio’s: Bram de Vos, Studio...

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A new vision for unused space under viaducts

What will the meeting space of the future look like? With this question, Sweco, Europe’s largest architectural and engineering...

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Social design offers a new perspective on elderly care

Everyone is directly or indirectly affected by old age. Nevertheless, we prefer to leave the thinking about this to...

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