collaborations for future

The laboratory for unexpected collaborations

Collaborations for Future is a design research program exploring effective collaboration between the creative sector and the scientific field to address climate challenges.

In the Netherlands, creatives are encouraged to tackle societal issues, including climate change. Research highlights the positive impact of the creative field on complex problems. Yet, existing systems often impede creatives' efforts for change. This lab emphasizes the importance of designers teaming up with climate scientists for lasting solutions. Collaborations for Future offers a platform for exploring effective and sustainable collaboration methods without prescribing specific topics, aiming to foster meaningful change.

The collaborations

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Myrthe Krepel

Social Designer

Pieter and Myrthe are investigating the role of language in communicating about the climate crisis. They aim to play with the language used around climate change, both in content and form, as well as with the human body as materials to experiment with political and public debate. More information on the development of their collaboration will be coming soon.
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Brogen and Isabela have explored scientific modeling and climate policy through discussions with PBL members. They've reflected on their practices and are seeking a shared focus. By visualizing future scenarios and experimenting with climate policy language, they aim to engage the public. Their Beijing trip for climate negotiations enriched this collaboration.

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Riad Salameh

 Art Practitioner

Riad and Arnoud's collaboration involves open dialogue, sharing resources, and exploring technologies. They aim to merge cultural heritage with modern meteorology at KNMI, questioning knowledge forms and their impacts. By integrating diverse voices, they seek to enhance accessibility, appreciation, and educate audiences to drive changes in consumer behavior.

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Andrea De la Peña

Material Researcher

Initially struggling with distance collaboration, Andrea and Evy connected in person. In Texel, Andrea admired Evy's expertise in bird species interactions. Immersed in birdwatching, they recognized the human-bird bond's role in fostering climate empathy. They aim to create an inclusive installation embodying the Wadden Sea.
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Lisa Mandemaker

Speculative Designer

Lisa and Nikki seamlessly blended their tools and approaches, embracing "exploratory action research." They've explored metaphors and interpretations of energy and power, collecting diverse perspectives to understand public perception. Aiming to counter gloomy energy transition narratives, they use speculative design to empower individuals and foster productive debate about future roles.

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Researching material flow's vast scale is challenging. Willie delved into deeper research and discussions to understand Frederike’s work. Focusing on sand, they seek to make its climate significance tangible through diverse representations, aiming to communicate effectively and influence policymakers, designers, architects, developers, and material producers.

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Colette Aliman

Social Designer

Tim van den Akker

University Utrecht

Despite time challenges, Collette and Tim engaged deeply in each other's practices. Field trips to De Biesbosch fueled their brainstorming and experiments with scientific models. Focusing on the modeling community, they explore how sound enhances understanding of complex infographics, aiming to evoke emotions and drive impactful change.

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Karl Moubarak

Digital Designer

Karl and Frank began collaborating by touring their workspaces, discovering a shared passion for technology and community. They've explored themes like KNMI's sustainability, political role, and crowdsourced weather reporting. Using board games to spark discussions, they aim to engage diverse audiences, from households to KNMI scientists, in behavioral change.

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Merel Witteman

Communication Designer

Roderik van de Wal

University Utrecht

Merel and Roderik are reconciling the scientist’s quest for understanding with the designer’s drive to solve. Inspired by popular campaigns and climate fiction, they focus on Arctic ice melt and sea-level rise, aiming to motivate public action where influence remains, to provoke, mitigate, and adapt to climate change.

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Matilde and Hailey focus on the changing Wadden Sea intertidal area. They aim to raise awareness beyond science by involving Texel locals, bridging research and public awareness. Through discussions, they identified common goals, shaping their focus through upcoming fieldwork to spark curiosity and reach diverse audiences.

    Unexpected
    Encounters

    The eventseries on collaboration and climate change!

    How do we feel, talk, see, embody and agree on climate change?

    Foundation We AreSocial Design Showdown and Pakhuis de Zwijger will host a series of talks as part of this design research programme. During these events we invite various inspiring speakers who work in different domains to set up unexpected encounters to find out how to make sense of climate change and find ways to work together. During this first episode, we will invite psychologists, scientists and activists to talk about what they feel when it comes to climate change. How do we begin to interpret climate change and what position can we take? How does it feel? How do we want to feel? How should we feel?

    Next Unexpected Encounter
    How do we embody climate change?

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