The bridges of Amsterdam for the future

Amsterdam has about 1800 bridges. Many of these were never intended for the heavy traffic that crosses them today. One option to save the bridges is to close them to car traffic. But how do you explain that to the residents of Amsterdam? And what do you do with that freed-up space? What if Lab, […]

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Totally Local summarised in three minutes

In May 2022, in collaboration with Sweco, we called on designers to design a groundbreaking application for the self-sufficient city in five years. What role does sustainability play in the city of the future? What do new living environments look like? And what new services and types of buildings can we expect? In What if […]

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We look back at What if Lab in 2022

With the new year approaching, we would like to look back on 2022 while we still can. For it was a year full of meaningful collaborations, innovative designs and major developments. From What if Labs to Embassy Labs, all developments culminated at Dutch Design Week 2022 (DDW22). There, the results of the labs formed important […]

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The self-sufficient city in five years

What role does sustainability play in the city of the future? What do new living environments look like? What new services and types of buildings can we expect? What will the system be for energy, mobility, food, clean water, nature, materials and living? In May 2022, in collaboration with Sweco, we called on designers to […]

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Stepping into the world of rheumatism

Crooked hands, thick joints and little physical independence. That’s what people often think of when they hear the word Rheumatism. Unfortunately, rheumatism has a much bigger impact on people’s lives. In cooperation with ReumaNederland, we launched the What if Lab: Make rheumatism i̶n̶visible in May 2022. ReumaNederland wants answers to the question: How do we […]

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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 health-care institutions. Due to the double ageing of the population, the elderly who require of care is growing, while fewer and fewer people are employed in that sector. According to ActiZ, the sector organisation for care […]

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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).

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 firm, participated in the What...

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What if Lab at Dutch Design Week 2022

What happens when you pair designers with major parties from the business world and/or governments? In What if Lab, designers get to work on...

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Labs

Rheumatism (in)visible

Rheumatism is a collective term for more than 100 different disorders of your joints, muscles, tendons and bones that...

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Totally Local

What role does sustainability have in the city of the future? What will new living environments look like? What...

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