10: Waterproof Futures


*note: previously titled It Is Your Water Too

During this session, we explore the role of designers in facing the challenges of water management. Our way of dealing with water needs to change drastically in the coming years. That’s why we need to redefine our relationship with water and our daily consumption patterns. How can design research help us to do this?

Last year, the Readership Strategic Creativity at Design Academy Eindhoven teamed up with De Dommel Waterboard and Woonbedrijf housing association to study water consumption and attitudes to water in the Eindhoven neighhourhood of Geestenberg. Under the title Stroompunt, design researchers Alissa van Asseldonk and Renee Scheepers worked in the neighbourhood for a year and developed creative insights into water awareness and behavioural change as well as new forms of collaboration between the waterboard and housing association.

These insights will provide the main topics for this water session structured and supervised by the Readership Strategic Creativity (Reader Bas Raijmakers, Associate Reader Daniëlle Arets and students from DAE). Moderated by water specialist Tracy Metz, the session will also assess the insights developed with Water Warden Peter Glas (subject to change) and Hemelswater (beer made from rainwater).

This is an active design session. After an introduction with inspiring reference projects, and personal insights from several guests, we will work in different groups to come up with several creative strategies and ‘what if’ scenarios.

In this workshop you will learn what tools and approaches can help you as an individual professional to change the use and consumption of water. 

Moderator: Tracy Metz, journalist and urban expert.

Guests: Daniëlle Arets of Design Academy EindhovenJoris Hoebe of Hemelswater.

Theme: Economy
Economists make us believe that prosperity can only be found in growth. But in the end more, and newer, and bigger will only lead us towards the apocalypse. To change things, we need to close the loop and reuse in smart ways what we already have. Designers have a large part in developing the circular and carbon free economy. The activation sessions under this theme will show you the tools of circularity.



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