No 13 - Small Steps - Big Results, 23th of January, 2014

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23th of January, 2014
Design Academy Eindhoven
19.30 - 21.30

Chaos Theory in Design

An oft-quoted example for the chaos theory is the butterfly of Lorenz. The name is based on a metaphor that a flying butterfly on one side of the world could cause a storm on the other side.

Could designers possibly make butterfly strokes and initiate stormy changes? We are exploring this question based on the design project Ecological Energy Network of Lucas Zoutendijk (alumnus DAE design department Public Space). We ask questions from various disciplines to look at this project: it constructs an ecological line between various pylons in the Netherlands. Is this a valid design and could it end the lengthy discussion about the green corridor in this country?

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A report by
R&D team, Design Debates

'More knowledge means more impact '

The debate is introduced by David Hamers, Reader of Public Space department and researcher at Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving. He emphasises
that the Design Debates aim to explore how designers and DAE in general can create a ‘climate’ to make change happen. As for Hamers, designers can mitigate climate change and have the skills to come up with new sustainable recourses, but in order to do so they need to know how their small interventions can play a bigger, more strategic role in society. Therefore they not only need to have design skills, but also need to get their ideas across the political agenda, align it with scientific research and make sure that they get public or media attention. Therefore, for this debate, 3 experts from different fields are invited to reflect on 2 alumni projects. 

About the speakers

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Tracy Metz

Tracy Metz

Lucas Zoutendijk

Lucas Zoutendijk

Harry Otten

Harry Otten

Bennie Meek

Bennie Meek

Tracy Metz, American by origin, is a journalist and author on urban and spatial issues. She writes for the quality Dutch dailyNRC Handelsblad and is an international correspondent forArchitectural Record. In 2012 she was awarded the Groeneveld Prize for her contribution to the debate on nature and landscape in the Netherlands.

Tracy is the author of a number of books. In February 2012 her most recent book appeared, Sweet&Salt: Water and the Dutch, about the metamorphosis of the Dutch landscape in order to accommodate a new relationship to water. 

alumnus DAE design department Public Space, Studio 1:1, working on the Ecological Energy Network. 

The High Voltage Network in the Netherlands Electricity pylons like giants ploughing straight lines in a dense and detailed land- scape. Out of economical and construction necessity, the pylons and the continuous straight alignment is unique in its appearance. As if the network were added to the Netherlands as a final touch, the plan cuts right through all types of land; water, fields, forests, greenhouses, highways and cities. 

Harry Otten is a meteorologist and weatherman who received a price for Innovation in Meteorology, since he was the   first to use “Social media for meteorological prediction and information” 

 

Bennie Meek graduated in 2010 at the departments Man and Public Space and Man and Wellbeing and did a internship at Stalker, Observatory Nomad, in Rome. During this study he started with six others the social design collective VERS, with support of social housing company Trudo. This resulted in a serie of projects in the neighborhood Woensel West. In 2012 Bennie graduated at the master department Social Design with the research project; Living Pavement, a New Application For Urban Green. Together with designer Vincent Wittenberg he is now working on the realization of this project.  

Paul Hofhuis

Paul Hofhuis

counselor at Permanent Mission of The Netherlands to the European Union

Further reading

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Het weer in de stad. Hoe ontwerp het stadsklimaat bepaalt is het eerste boek over stadsklimaat in Nederland

Een prachtig aangelegd plein waar je wegwaait, een moderne stadswoning waarin je ’s zomers door de hitte niet kan slapen. Iedereen kent voorbeelden van stedelijke architectuur waarvan het ontwerp onvoldoende rekening houdt met het stadsklimaat. In deze publicatie wordt op begrijpelijke en beeldende wijze uiteengezet hoe uitgekiend stadsontwerp het comfort in de stad kan verhogen.

Auteur:Sanda Lenzholzer Uitgever:nai010 uitgevers, Wageningen University

A short report of the debate with recommendations from the different experts

Design Debates

Eindhoven strives to be the Design Capital of Europe. These ambitions make sense, with a flourishing design network, impressive design and art galleries, a smart and creative region and of course the world famous Dutch Design Week.
A Design Capital needs a platform to discuss, feed the design climate, to cross boundaries with other disciplines and of course connect all players (and players-to-be) within the field. Therefore Eindhoven-based cultural and educational institutions Design Academy Eindhoven, MU, The New Institute, Capital D founded the Design Debates platform. The platform is supported by critical friends: Baltan Laboratories, Alice, Capital D. Every month Design Debates Eindhoven will host an afternoon debate at the Designhuis in Eindhoven.

Concept and design by
TheNewStudio