6 November | 10:00 – 17:30
Waste and consumerism, a challenge

We asked the help of students from the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. The students, part of the minor: Design for Social Change, are contributing to the research that’s leading up to a new design challenge in What Design Can Do’s programme. In this lab, they were joined by students from Design Academy Eindhoven, Hogeschool Amsterdam, to look into five subtopics: medicine in wastewater, textile waste and fast fashion, plastic waste, cigarette waste and waste management systems. Through design research they will follow the steps of collecting data, mapping and creating cause diagrams. Related to their research topics they will conduct interviews with stakeholders and problem owners. The outcome of their research will be used as input for the overarching research for the challenge that is executed by STBY.


A Radical Collaboration Lab is a hands on design research experience, focused on gaining a deep understanding of a problem and at the same time developing new perspectives on it. This lab focused mainly on mapping important stakeholders of this issue and showing the values they can deliver in relation to the challenge. The goal of the lab was to explore how to build stronger connections accross different stakeholders such as citizens, companies and non-profits to enable addressing the problem in an effective way.

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HKU University of the Arts Utrecht is at the heart of the cultural and student life of Utrecht. With more than 3,900 students, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht is one of the largest art and culture-oriented institutes in Europe that offers preparatory courses, bachelor’s and master’s programmes and research degrees in fine art, design, music, theatre, media, games and interaction and arts management.

About the Radical collaboration Labs

In a one-day event, 200+ interdisciplinary participants worked closely with our partners to develop new paths for future design interventions, that we can share across the world – challenging the pressing issues we face today.

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