In design embassies for the future, alliances of partners, discuss today’s social challenges. Together with designers we work on solutions and develop new perspectives for the world of tomorrow.

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The Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building

The Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building focuses on challenges that face the world today: how can we guarantee that everyone in the Netherlands has a place to live in the near future, and ensure these buildings also achieve the climate objectives by being energy-efficient, and by being designed and built bio-based and emission-friendly?

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The Embassy of Health

As healthcare becomes increasingly complex, a more comprehensive approach based on new forms of collaboration is more vital than ever. To shape these changes and redefine services and practices, designers and stakeholders must reframe strategies and attitudes. The transition to the healthcare landscape of the future will be driven by a dynamic merger of organisations, people, environment and technology.

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The Embassy of Mobility

This year we have been uncompromisingly confronted with a new world where everything revolves around the distance between people, and individual forms of mobility are preferred. We have also witnessed the positive effect on the environment and the quality of life in cities as a result of the stagnation of mobility. We have been forced to return to the drawing board and to reconsider forms of public mobility.

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The Embassy of Safety

In the Embassy of Safety we look at how designers can contribute to current safety issues. This embassy concentrates on research and experimentation and attempts to answer the question ‘Is safety a right?’ by generating practical solutions from multiple perspectives.

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The Embassy of Water

Imagine there is plenty of water. We collect every drop of water and have an ingenious system for reuse. Do you find this an attractive idea? Designers at the Embassy of Water are looking for ways to restore the balance in our water system, together with you.

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The Embassy of Food

The production and consumption of food is tightly woven into our daily lives. It is as simple and essential as it is extremely complex and scarce. Food influences our health but also the layout of our homes, cities and country. All these aspects are examined in the Embassy of Food and the role the designer plays in all this is explored.

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The Embassy of Rethinking Plastic

Plastic causes environmental problems, but it also has advantages. It’s not black or white. We have to think differently about plastic as a material and deal with it differently. Designers play a crucial role in that necessary change.

The complete WDE podcast series
Looking back on the Embassy of Safety
The journey that lead to the Growing Pavilion
Watch the Dezeen talk about architecture and the circular economy
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