World Design Embassies great success at Dutch Design Week 2021

It’s a wrap. With eight World Design Embassies (WDE) full of inspiring projects and meaningful conferences, Dutch Design Week (DDW) 2021 was a great success! Although the festival in Eindhoven has ended, the Embassies will continue. From November onwards, a new series of WDE Talks in Pakhuis de Zwijger will start, and there is also plenty to discover online.

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Published on 26 October 2021
World Design Embassies great success at Dutch Design Week 2021
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Het Labyrint: Ex Voto by Folkert de Jong - credits:

WDE continues online

The physical Embassies at DDW21 have been dismantled, but on our website, all Embassies present an extensive Virtual Expo. Discover more about the makers and backgrounds of the various projects on display and delve into the Embassy themes once more. Click on one of the Embassies in this overview and visit the virtual exhibition. This is available until the end of this year. Besides the Embassies, you will also find The Labyrinth, by former Chief Government Architect Floris Alkemade, here as a virtual exposition.

Curator Tours

Are you curious what the curators can share with you about the projects in the Embassies? In the video series ‘Curator Tours’ they take you along a number of selected works. You can find them here (tip: filter on ‘video’)!

De Toekomst van Nederland (v.l.n.r. Nicky Liebregts, Francesco Veenstra, Mirthe Frese, Floris Alkemade, Jan Rotmans) - credits:

DDW TV: The Future of the Netherlands

As part of DDW TV, WDE presented the programme ‘The Future of the Netherlands’. With experts from various backgrounds, we explored the role of design in shaping that future. Moderator Mirthe Frese talked to transition expert Jan Rotmans, DDW ambassador Floris Alkemade, Chief Government Architect Francesco Veenstra and social designer Nicky Liebregts. Watch The Future of the Netherlands (in Dutch).

The Embassy conferences in short

Did you miss an Embassy conference during DDW? Read the retrospective of the Embassy of Safety – Conference here, where surprising safety is told by an ex-criminal and a young cyber agent. Or read how we can determine the future of mobility together in the retrospective of the Embassy of Mobility – Conference. Want to know more about the possibilities for the supermarket of the future? Read the retrospective of the Embassy of Food – Conference. Curious about your role in the transition to chronic health? Read the retrospective of the Embassy of Health – Conference.

New series of WDE Talks @ Pakhuis de Zwijger!

In November we will start a new series of WDE Talks at Pakhuis de Zwijger. Make a note of the next date in your agenda; on 11 November we will kick off with the first episode about the Embassy of Water. Read more here.

De Tekentafel: What does good commissioning mean?

Just before DDW, we launched the new podcast series ‘De Tekentafel’ in collaboration with Eindhoven Design District. Every month, we will publish a new episode. In the latest episode, we look at good commissioning: what are the most important factors for a successful collaboration between designers, clients and end users? Designer Esther Jongsma (VANTOT) and programme manager Dries van Wagenberg (What if Lab) join Niels Guns in the third episode of De Tekentafel! Please note, the podcast is in Dutch.

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