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 if Lab: Well-being in the City in 2021. Of the diverse ideas submitted, a five-member panel chose the Shadow Spaces concept of Studio 1:1 in Rotterdam. Shadow Spaces introduces various elements […]

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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 questions from organisations such as SWECO, ReumaNederland, municipality of Amsterdam, municipality of Eindhoven and Taskforce RIEC. By joining forces, together they come up with valuable new perspectives or concrete concepts. At […]

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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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These designers see opportunities for the bridges of Amsterdam

Many bridges and quay walls of the City of Amsterdam are at the end of their technical lifespan. Closing a bridge to car traffic means a change for local residents that may be received negatively. While it could also create opportunities. A piece of the city is reclaimed from the car, which can bring new […]

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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).

Open call What if Lab: Bridging the gap

The Municipality of Amsterdam manages approximately 1800 bridges and 600 kilometres of quays. The many bridges and quay walls connect the districts and neighbourhoods...

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These are the participants in ‘Totally Local’

What would the world look like if our cities were fully self-sufficient? This is what Sweco and designers will research in What if Lab:...

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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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