No 25 - Redesigning Democracy, 28th of April, 2015

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28th of April, 2015
Design Academy, Auditorium

ATTENTION: This Design Debate will be held in the Auditorium instead of the White Lady room.

The Dutch government has in recent times looked to design as a partner in its struggle to deliver new services and to deal with complex problems that don’t fit into its organisational models. Political organisations and government agencies have asked designers to expand their traditional roles and help out with complex processes of re-structuring.

Policy makers have to find new ways to deal with current public-collective partnerships. We have seen all over the world that citizens have become more engaged in designing their own local environments and finding ways to shape their surroundings themselves – for instance through community gardens, local energy via solar cells or social work projects.

This so-called “do-democracy” is thriving, but the city councils are struggling to find ways to deal with these pro-active citizens, as are all governmental institutes. What role can creatives and more specifically, designers, play in this field? How can we redesign democracy?

Lecture by  Max Cohen de Lara & David Mulder, XML architects, followed by public discussion.

About the speakers



Max Cohen de Lara and David Mulder

Max Cohen de Lara and David Mulder

From its base in Amsterdam, XML is involved in worldwide cross-disciplinary projects and has a strong interest in the cultural dimension of architecture. The work of the office has received several prizes and grants among which a first prize in the European competition for architects under 40 and grants from The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts for their contribution as emerging practice to the architecture field.

Max Cohen de Lara and David  are also heading the  Designing Democracy master at Sandberg

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.

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