Collaborations

designer + climate scientists

Colette Aliman

Colette Aliman

Experienced a learning curve, Brogen has delved into the world of scientific modelling.
By discussing roles and responsibilities of scientists with various members of PBL and exploring intersections between climate policy modelling and artistic research, both she and Isabela have deeply reflected on their own practices and are currently searching for a shared focus.

By continuing to explore different avenues such as visualising future worldly scenarios, experimenting with the language of climate policy and media, they aim to define a project which will bring the politics of climate policy closer to the general public. Their current trip to Beijing for the international climate negotiations will add new layer to this collaboration.

Colette Aliman

Colette Aliman

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.

Colette Aliman

Colette Aliman

Riad and Arnoud have initiated their collaboration through open dialogue, sharing resources and networks, exploring technologies, while also navigating how to set clear expectations. 

Exploring the intersections of cultural heritage, technology, and climate change, they question different forms of knowledge and their impacts on social and economic behaviours. Together they aim to bridge indigenous weather knowledge with modern meteorology, by creating a shared knowledge hub at KNMI.
By integrating diverse voices and broadening the conversation on meteorological predictions and climate impacts, they aim to foster better accessibility and cultural appreciation. By doing this they hope to educate their audience and drive changes in consumer behaviour.

Colette Aliman

Initially, Andrea and Evy struggled with collaborating at a distance. However, meeting in person allowed them to share their practices and connect.

During a birdwatching excursion in Texel, Andrea observed Evy’s skill in deciphering species interactions, behaviours, and sounds. Immersed in a community of birdwatchers and scientists, they were fascinated by the profound bond between humans and birds and how this literacy in ways of seeing is instrumental in creating empathy towards the birds struggles amidst climate change.
Going forth, Evy and Andrea aspire to foster inclusivity towards other species by creating an installation to embody the transforming Wadden Sea and promote present, embodied experiences.

Colette Aliman

Lisa and Nikki were able to start collaborating without any difficulty, seamlessly blending their own tools and approaches. Through collective brainstorming and research, they embrace a philosophy of "try and see what works," in a form of “exploratory action research”.
Together they’ve explored different metaphors and interpretations of energy and power. By collecting diverse perspectives they aim to gain an understanding of the public perception.
In a society where doomy and gloomy narratives about the future of energy transitions dominate, their goal is to empower individuals by designing accessible ways to let individuals reimagine their roles. In this way speculative design becomes a tool for productive debate.

Colette Aliman

Colette Aliman

Researching the flow of materials through society presents a challenge due to its vast scale, making it difficult to relate to.
Therefore, Willie decided to delve into deeper research, consulting papers and discussing specific use of language, in order to better understand Frederike’s work.
Focusing specifically on sand, Willie and Frederike are searching for ways to make the significance of this material in the climate crisis relatable and tangible through various forms of representation.

Their main question revolves around finding alternative methods to communicate effectively and influence policymakers, designers, architects, developers, and material producers.

Colette Aliman

Colette Aliman

Despite challenges in finding time, Collette and Tim have actively delved into each others practices. Together they found energy from undertaking field trips to De Biesbosch, collecting resources, brainstorming, and experimenting with mini scientific models.
With a focus on the modelling community, they are curious about how sound can add a new dimension to understanding complex modelling infographics. Together they aim to tap into their audiences emotions, in order to drive impactful change.

Colette Aliman

Colette Aliman

Karl and Frank began their collaboration by giving each other a tour of their respective workspaces: NDSM and KNMI. This led to the discovery of a mutual passion for technology and community. Agreeing to embrace the openness of their collaboration, they have explored a variety of themes. From KNMI's internal sustainability practices to its changing political role and accountability, they've delved into topics such as accessibility and relevance amidst the rise of crowdsourced weather reporting and alternative technologies.
Recognising the potential of board games to spark discussions and promote awareness, they aim to engage diverse audiences, from households to KNMI scientists, in behavioural change.

Colette Aliman

Colette Aliman

Merel and Roderik are working on reconciling the scientist's quest for “understanding” with the designer's drive to “solve”. Together they face a shared challenge: how to motivate people to care about a future that is 100 years away?

Finding inspiration in popular campaigns, climate fiction novels, absurd enterprises and their capacity to captivate the media, Merel and Roderik are currently defining a focus in their research on the melting of Arctic ice sheets and subsequent sea level rise. They aim to find the aspects where the public still has influence, in order provoke them, to motivate, mitigate and adapt in the face of climate change.

Colette Aliman

Colette Aliman

Focusing on the transforming intertidal area of the Wadden Sea amidst rising sea levels, Matilde and Hailey discovered their shared curiosities and experiences.

Through discussions and exchanging ideas, they learned about each other's methods and specific terminology, which helped them identify a common goal: together they aim to raise this issue out of the scientific community.
To do this, they plan to involve the local Texel community, bridging scientific research and public awareness. By shedding light on the urgency of understanding coastal dynamics and fostering new narratives, they aim to spark curiosity and reach diverse audiences. 
Their upcoming fieldwork will further shape this focus.