21 nov '14
The creative industries are highly significant for job and wealth creation, as well as for finding solutions to complex social issues. The creative industries are also helping to protect and revitalize cultural heritage, as well as opening the minds of younger generations to its value. This was the conclusion of more than 40 countries from Asia and Europe during the Sixth Asia-Europe Culture Ministers Meeting (ASEM).
21 nov '14
The selected designers and projects
Jules van den Langenberg - The Medicine Called Fun
Studio Dumbar - Visual Identity Alzheimer Nederland
Anne Feikje Weidema - Re-covered
Inge Kuipers - Tea-Set Touch
Studio Toer - Moti
Julia van Zanten - Protective Underwear
Juliette Huygen - Euthanasia. Tales of Happily Ever After
Lisa Mandemaker - Zero Hour
Harm Rensink - Bed of Olfaction
Michou Nanon de Bruijn - Het NieuwGrijs
Cooperation with the East West Education Center
This project is a collaboration with the East-West Education Center (EWEC) and evolved from a reconnaissance of commercial opportunities for Dutch designers in South Korea. The aim is to strengthen existing contacts and to make an inventory of new international platforms for Dutch Design. It offers participants the chance to establish enduring relationships in South Korea and to expand their international professional activities. The Holland Pavilion is funded by the Design House and the Creative Industries Fund NL.
21 nov '14
One of the major challenges facing modern society is ageing populations. The Netherlands is not alone in having to cope with people living longer – today almost half its population is aged 50 years or more. South Korea is also dealing with exponential growth in the population aged 65 and above. The Creative Industries Fund NL selected 10 Dutch designers to share their perspectives on the social challenges presented by a greying population. They are presenting their products and concepts during the Seoul Design Festival 2014: Well-Aged Life, Well-Balanced Design.
21 nov '14
Dutch Design at Belgrade Design Week was supported in the context of the Grant Programme for Internationalization. You can read the report in below PDF. Read the interview by Icon Magazine with Studio Drift here.
21 nov '14
The Home at Work exploration involved three components: an historical survey of factory villages and cooperative housing for workers in Western Europe; compiling an inventory of the corporate visions of multinationals with regard to housing for workers; and field research into the current living conditions of employees of Dutch multinationals in Indonesia. The exploratory research led to the formulation of a concrete design task for workers’ housing in Indonesia. This assignment presents opportunities for the Dutch design sector and the business community to cooperate with local stakeholders in Indonesia.
The design task: cooperative upgrading of industrial kampongs
Visiting various factory sites on Java provided insight into the devastating impact of industrialization on city and countryside. Discussions with local worker communities, factory directors and government bodies cast light on the spatial, social and ecological problems that are associated with the industrial live-work environment. These insights provided the basis for the actual design task: the cooperative upgrading of existing industrial kampongs (Indonesian working-class neighbourhoods) that surround large-scale factory complexes.
Pilot project by Home at Work
The aim of Home at Work is to implement the design task using a practical pilot project. Besides focusing on housing, the pilot also aims to improve the urban networks for water, energy, mobility, waste, food and materials. The complexity of the design task calls for a cross-sectoral and international approach. During this exploration Home at Work garnered broad support from Dutch as well as Indonesian parties, including the Dutch Embassy, Alliander, MVO Nederland, TU Delft, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung Municipal Council and Bandung Creative City Forum.
The textile industry in Bandung
The exploratory study revealed that Bandung is the textile capital of Indonesia. The textile industry is of great economic significance, for Bandung as well as Indonesia. However, production methods continue to cause considerable social, ecological and economic damage. This context makes the textile industry an interesting case for Home at Work’s design task.
The Mayor of Bandung, Ridwan Kamil, is an architect who is very passionate about making Bandung into a shining example in the realm of Smart Cities & Communities. The local demand for an integral approach to problems associated with the textile industry in Bandung presents opportunities for the Dutch design sector to deploy its knowledge, experience and expertise. Making the textile industry more sustainable offers opportunities for Bandung and the Netherlands to distinguish themselves on the international stage.
Home at Work received supported via the Internationalization Programme.
21 nov '14
In the context of the Open Call: Exploring Opportunities for Internationalization, architects Mo Smit (COCOCAN) and Annebregje Snijders investigated the possibilities for design-based research about the housing of people employed by Dutch multinationals in emerging economies for their Home at Work project.
21 nov '14
The workshop brought the desakota to the attention of local parties in a positive manner. The workshop format was designed to encourage the local community and authorities to become joint stakeholders in the resulting projects. The project also contributed to gaining in-depth knowledge and skills. Bandul Municipal Council has now made the commitment to implement the results of the project.
Parties involved: Krill Office for Resilient Cities and Architecture, Eko Prawoto Architecture Workshop, Felixx Landscape Architects and Planners, Sigit Kusumuwijaya Architecture and Urbanism, SHAU architecture and urbanism, Gajah Mada University, Duta Wacana Christian University, UNESCO-IHE and IHS, Pablo Tittonel (Wageningen University and Research Centre), Leo Haring and Widoyoko.
This research was supported by the Grant Programme for Internationalization.
21 nov '14
The Krill Office for Resilient Cities and Architecture conducted a study of desakota areas in Indonesia. A desakota is an expansive area around a medium- or large-sized city that displays a combination of rural and urban characteristics. After studying the Projo Tamansari desakota, Krill sketched the outlines for a prototype desakota redevelopment.
21 nov '14
As this book demonstrates, while to date Karsten's work has not received the prominence internationally that it deserves, his work was of great contemporary significance for the way each of his designs introduced significant modern architectural and functional principles, incorporated the latest developments in construction and materials, and took into account the natural, social and cultural environment.
Karsten advocate of 'new architecture'
Although Karsten’s career took place in the Indies where he became a widely known and respected figure. Karsten was a product of the intellectual, cultural and professional transformation that took place in the Netherlands around the turn of the twentieth century. As a young man he was an advocate of the jugendstil arts and crafts movement and an early proponent of the ‘new architecture’ promoted by HP Berlage in the Netherlands. Already as a student he was at the forefront of curriculum changes at Delft that prepared the architects for their new role in society.
In today’s Indonesia where his architectural and planning legacy forms a major element in heritage projects in many Indonesian cities, Thomas Karsten is widely recognised. Two important buildings by Karsten have recently been restored: the people’s theatre Sobokartti (1931) in Semarang and the central market Pasar Gede (1929) in Solo. Some buildings have not survived but many, like the school, hospital and markets in Semarang, are still functioning in their original role.
Semarang heading for UNESCO world heritage city
A volume dedicated to the life and work of Thomas Karsten therefore forms an important contribution to Dutch cultural and colonial history. The Municipality of Semarang, with the support of a number of citizen groups, and provincial tourist and heritage authorities, is working towards having the city recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage city – ‘Semarang 2020’. This book on the life and work of Thomas Karsten, therefore, will form a major component in this heritage campaign.
Thomas Karsten in Indonesia: Architect, Planner, Modernist
Joost Coté and Hugh O’Neill
with contributions from Helen Ibbitson Jessup and Pauline van Roosmalen
This publication is supported through the Grant Programme for Architecture.
21 nov '14
Thomas Karsten (1884 – 1945) was one of a small group of modern Dutch architects that included men like Henri Maclaine Pont and C.P. Wolf Schoemaker who developed their careers in the Dutch East Indies in the first half of the twentieth century. Karsten laid the foundations of modern urban Indonesia with work represented in Semarang, Solo, Padang, Palembang and Medan.
17 nov '14
Mo Smit (COCOCAN) and Annebregje Snijders investigated the possibilities for design-based research about the housing of employees of Dutch multinationals in emerging economies for their Home at Work project. Smit has written a report about this exploratory study.
The August Kemme Foundation is publishing a book about the life and work of architect Thomas Karsten (1884–1945). This publication is part of the city of Semarang’s campaign to be included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2020.
Workshop Proto Tamansari in Yogyakarta
Research into housing of Indonesian employees
17 nov '14
The Creative Industries Fund NL has recently supported a number of projects in Indonesia through its Internationalization Programme and the Grant Programme for Architecture. Here you can read more about the results to date for the following projects.
3 nov '14
3 nov '14
CITYFÖRSTER architecture + urbanism recently completed their investigative study in the context of the Open Call: Exploring Opportunities for Internationalization. Martin Sobota (CITYFÖRSTER) and Paul Gerretsen (Vereniging Deltametropool) undertook a six-day reconnaissance in Albania to explore opportunities for urban planning.
3 nov '14
Besides visiting the PICNIC Mexico Marketplace, a showcase by 20 Mexican social enterprises, the public could participate in the following workshops:
MakeSense Hold-Up Sessions: Festival participants mined their contacts, resources and networks to actively support social entrepreneurs at the Marketplace with their specific business challenges.
‘Re-designing Growth, One Social Enterprise at a Time’ Design Thinking Workshop: Together with CO_, the initiators of PICNIC Mexico, PICNIC organized this ‘design thinking workshop’ for young social entrepreneurs to help establish and grow their own enterprises.
‘Designing for the Anthropocene’ Workshop: PICNIC gave a design workshop aimed at finding new opportunities in the Anthropocene in conjunction with the New York-based Buckminster Fuller Institute. Director and founder David McConville helped participants to identify novel perspectives to solve social and environmental problems in their particular sectors.
‘Re-design Growth for Water Management’ Workshop: at the invitation of PICNIC and the Dutch Embassy in Mexico, Deltares gave a demo of its interactive ‘water map’ table and its water management game for government representatives and local water management experts.
This project was supported by the Open Call: Exploring Opportunities for Internationalization.
3 nov '14
In the context of the Open Call: Exploring Opportunities for Internationalization, PICNIC investigated the possibility of organizing a PICNIC Festival in Mexico and Brazil. This reconnaissance has already prompted PICNIC to organize a range of activities during the Catapulta social innovation festival in Oaxaca, Mexico, bringing together social investors and social entrepreneurs in order to nurture sustainable social enterprises.
22 okt '14
With this series of publications, CLICKNL, Dutch Creative Council, Federatie Dutch Creative Industries, Kamer van Koophandel and the Creatieve Industries Fund NL want to illustrate the potential added value of design. Besides exemplifying this with successful cases, this issue also contains a number of probing essays in which experts turn their attention to bigger issues. How can creativity and design thinking help to raise awareness, to achieve sustainability? What advances are being made in wearables? How can we cope with the elements and be prepared for natural disasters? These are all challenges that are crying out for the crossover mentality that this book wants to stimulate.
Curious about Crossover Works 3?
This new edition was presented on Wednesday, 22 October during DRIVE, the Design Research & Innovation Festival staged by CLICKNL in Eindhoven. The publication is available from the Creative Industries Fund NL for free. You can request a printed copy by sending an email to email@example.com, or you can download the PDF version via this link: stimuleringsfonds.nl/nl/fondsinitiatieven/publicaties/.
Authors: Conny Bakker, Bas van Lier, Henk Ovink, Iskander Smit, Willemijn de Jonge
Language: Available in English and Dutch
Ordering: To receive a free copy, email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org
22 okt '14
The third issue of Crossover Works is being launched during the Dutch Design Week, when the whole of Eindhoven is overrun by the power of design. It is a booklet about exceptional collaborations between the creative industries and other ‘top sectors’. Who are today’s game changers? What discoveries have they made? And where might these lead us?
21 okt '14
Get a look at the photos of the exhibition’s opening (by Ben Nienhuis) and the installation photos (by Johannes Schwartz). More images can be downloaded via this page.
21 okt '14
The opening of the Creative Industries Fund NL’s Talent Exhibition In No Particular Order during the Dutch Design Week was a great success. The presentation of work by creative talents who are being supported by the Grant Programme for Talent Development has already attracted plenty of (international) visitors during the first half of the Dutch Design Week.
7 okt '14
Each of these four artists presents a different conception of ceramics, an approach that usually emphasizes the material’s plastic and expressive possibilities rather than pure form. Anne Wenzel’s experiments with foaming glaze add a new dimension to the function of glazing: this glaze erodes the underlying layer of clay and thus becomes a means of expression. Anton Reijnders uses ceramics for work that goes beyond the bounds of applied art. Tim Breukers, who is currently working at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam, is also intent on exploring materials and techniques, thus emphasizing their plastic qualities. Floris Wubben devised and built an extrusion machine with which he presses large quantities of clay (up to 30 kilograms in one go) through profiles.
You can find further information at www.europeanceramiccontext.com. This project is being supported by the Grant Programme for Design.
7 okt '14
From 13 September to 23 November, the European Ceramic Context event is presenting a exhibition of contemporary ceramics by European designers and artists in Bornholm, Denmark. The work of Anne Wenzel was selected as winner of the European Ceramic Context 2014 Prize in the category Established Artist. The jury praised the strong technical qualities and the understanding of the production process that her work conveys, leading to powerful, almost disturbing end results.