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Mission: Creating our LIVING ENVIRONMENT

14 September 2023

© Ketelhuisplein - DDW22 - Max Kneefel
As of this year, Dutch Design Week (DDW) introduces ten programme narratives that help make the best possible matches between the participating designers and visitors. DDW has established missions and design perspectives as a framework for the programme and activities during the week. The missions are distilled based on what is going on in the design community and within society. We see that designers are increasingly taking on major issues, such as the climate crisis and social inequality.


public: urban planning • public space
habitat: buildings • spaces • interior • materials • the physical environment • virtual/AI
liveability: behavioural change • mobility • housing • work • connectivity • urban-rural

Designing our living environment, mobility, and the materials we use to make them means shaping our own quality of life. The layout of our cities, public spaces, buildings, and mobility solutions has an enormous influence on the way we live together. Below is a selection of the work that will be showcased during DDW23. Projects in the fields of architecture, materials, the design of public space, living and working.

  • Strijp T+R | Novo Typo - Analog Aesthetics
    This publication and accompanying expo show how we can produce our own locally sourced paper and plant-based inks, in order to create our own parameters of design and de-industrialise the design profession.

  • Centre | i29 - CÂPSULA
    Câpsula expands on the urge to reconnect with nature, ourselves, and others. A new breed of sustainable tiny homes that inspire new ways to live well.

  • Strijp-S | World Design Embassies - Embassy of Mobility
    What does our city look like without cars in front of the door? And what do we get in place of them? We will explore these questions together and experiment with possible solutions.

  • Strijp S | Arco, CS Rugs, Gelderland, Lande Family, Label van den Berg, Leolux - Future > Factory > Furniture >
    Six renowned Dutch furniture companies join forces to make our living environment more sustainable. Think along in a force field of ambitions, challenges, and innovation.

  • Hallenweg | Blank Fish - Gas to Green
    Blank Fish presents a green vision of the future involving electric cars and the transformation of derelict gas stations into urban farms.

  • Other | Wasven - Heel de Wereldboom
    The World Tree in Greendomain Wasven as a symbol of community building.

  • Woensel | De GRRRage - In the Works
    A collection of experiments from the studio of Atelier Max Lipsey in the brand-new DDW area of Woensel. A new hub for signature and collectible design.

  • Strijp S | Mahjouba Initiative - Mahjouba Motor
    Electric mobility supporting local artisans through a distributed and socially situated production system.

  • Strijp-S | XAARCHIVE - Salta Heat House
    Navigating heat, wildfires, and drought, this project pioneers responsive sustainability, fusing ancient wisdom and tech innovation.

  • Centre | EE Labels / EE Exclusives / Van Engelen & Evers BV - WEEEF
    One of Europe's oldest textile companies presents the possibilities of jacquard weaving and local production for brands, designers and (interior)architects, from development to production.