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Droog invites you to share your dreams & desires for a new way of city-making on Socialcities.org

Posted:  November 4th 2015

People all over the world are invited to express their desires via a virtual platform and quiz at
Socialcities.org.

People can create an avatar and see the city grow. Socialcities.org is also a think tank. Quizzes on a
variety of topics generate visual data maps, research, reflection and discussion.

The project is part of a broader research-and-do-program developed by Renny Ramakers
(Co-founder of Droog). The program examines the world’s city life starting from small scale to the
larger whole by acknowledging the passions and needs of people. Social City is the first exercise.
The average person intimately knows 50 people. These people probably met through a predestined
network – a network of people limited by nationality, income, school and work.

Next to this, the world is changing fast and it’s splintering. Mohammed in Africa probably has more
in common with David in the UK than he does with Ibrahim in his same-city friendship circle. Bringing
Mo and David together not only nurtures shared interests, but also individual diversity due to their
birthplace heritage.

Everything has changed around us. We embrace internet, technology, social media, globalization.
Yet, the way cities are designed is surprisingly similar to 50 years ago. Cities do not keep up with this
fast-paced status quo and its fragmenting diversity of lifestyles.

Imagine cities built like matchmaking sites, connecting like-minded people with shared dreams and
desires. Imagine our social circles not being designed by top-down decision making, but by our
mutual passions. Imagine desires designing our cities.

The online platform Socialcities.org addresses all of this by using play and techno culture to capture
the dreams and desires of ordinary citizens. This makes for a city that understands changing global
culture, a city without borders, or rules or top-down planning.

Socialcities.org is an exercise in individuality and explores how countless identities can make up a
diverse whole. It is a think tank based on the desires and dreams of citizens. The world has changed,
now it’s time for the city.

Socialcities.org is created by Renny Ramakers (Droog / Design+Desires) and Mark van der Net
(OSCity) in collaboration with Thonik (design). It is part of the broader Social City project at Shenzhen
Urbanism/Architecture Bi-City Biennale (UABB, 1/12/2015 – 1/3/2016), curated by Renny Ramakers.

For more information please contact:
press@droog.com
www.socialcities.org
www.designdesires.org

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Social City (beta version) at Beijing Design Week 2015

Posted:  September 7th 2015

 

At the Next City Living Lab during the Beijing Design Week (23/9 – 7/10, 2015) the beta version of the Social City online platform will be launched.

Cities are becoming larger and larger, smarter and smarter. Technology is supposed to solve all city problems. Governments, companies and urban planners are eager to do so. But what about citizens? What do they think? Can they have a say? In Social City they have!

Social City is an online platform which, via a game-like experience, invites CITIZENS all over the world to share their dreams, desires, and needs. This input will generate a virtual city. People can build a house, define their neighborhood, envision their community, arrange their mobility, choose their economy, and can even decide how to rule Social City.

Multiple choices are possible. People can check out what other Social Citizens are dreaming of doing and being. If they become inspired by them and want to revise their city, they could simply create a new avatar and play the game again. The more people participate, the more Social City will grow.

In Social City the citizens take the lead, and experts in architecture and city planning are invited to reflect on the shared desired elements which constitute Social City. It challenges top down city planning. The platform is a unique online combination of shared dreams and desires of citizens, hard data and discourse by professionals.

The platform is part of the Social City project at Shenzhen Urbanism/Architecture Bi-City Biennale (UABB, 1/12/205 – 1/3/2016), curated by Renny Ramakers (Droog Foundation/Design+Desires).

Social City platform is curated by Renny Ramakers in collaboration with Mark van der Net (OSCity). Technical implementation: OSCity. Graphics: Thonik.

Exhibition venue in Beijing: The Nurturing House, Sanjing Hutong No. 21, Dashilar, Xicheng District, Beijing, 100051

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Design + Desires reworks Dapperbuurt

Posted:  August 17th 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A project by the Droog Foundation, Design+Desires examines how to link the dreams, passions, desires and needs of citizens to their virtual and real daily experiences. The latest investigation for D+D has been given the go-ahead by the city of Amsterdam, and visits the neighbourhood of Dapperbuurt.

From September to December 2015, we will examine the passions of Dapperbuurt residents through two key layers – conducting various data capture and responding to that data with design solutions to present alternative economy solutions to policy-makers. In the first layer, we will conduct a social quick-scan of Dapperbuurt with the help of a technological tool developed by Mark van der Net of OSCity. This tool will extract soft data information of Dapperbuurt citizens by tapping into content linked to personal activities and passions which citizens have posted on the web. This tool will be supported by IRL data capture through in-depth interviews with Dapperbuurt citizens, also focusing on their passions – conducted by public space designer Jan Konings and artist Jan Rothuizen.

By collating these desires we meet the second layer of the Dapperbuurt project. We will translate the collected data into innovative design solutions to solve local problems and explore new opportunities within Dapperbuurt. Using the qualities of design, we intend to find alternative economies (not a money economy) through the mechanisms of citizen passion and leisure time. Keep up to date on the project here: http://www.designdesires.org/projects/77.

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Posted:  December 4th 2014

Rijksstudio Award 2015

For the second time in a row the Rijksmuseum is organising the competition ‘Make your own Masterpiece’. The museum invites you to get inspired by the Rijksmuseum’s collection and create your own design using Rijksstudio. Every form of art is allowed – design, fine art, applied art, photography, video – and everyone can enter the competition.

A jury of design experts, including Renny Ramakers, will select three winners. The ten best designs will be exhibited in the Rijksmuseum.
What you can win?

1. € 10,000 Rijksstudio Award 2015
2. € 2,500
3. € 1,000

The winner of the Rijksstudio Award will be announced during the award presentation at the Rijksmuseum on 20 April 2015.
How to join the competition?
1. Fill in the entry form
2. You can register up until 15 March 2015 (closing date)
3. Using the form, upload a PDF file that includes:
o A description of the design and how you developed it (in Dutch or English) of no more than 1,000 words or a video no more than 2 minutes long.
o No more than ten images depicting the design.
o Your name and contact details
*The design cannot be sent in by post.

Award presentation
The winner of the Rijksstudio Award will be announced during the award presentation at the Rijksmuseum on 20 April 2015.

Jury
The winners will be selected by an independent jury including:
• Irma Boom (Designer, Irma Boom Office)
• Tony Chambers (Editor-in-Chief, Wallpaper*)
• Taco Dibbits (Director of Collections, Rijksmuseum)
• Mark van Iterson (Global Head Design & Concept, Heineken)
• Thomas Marzano (Global Head Brand Communication Design, Philips)
• Thomas Widdershoven (Creative Director, Design Academy Eindhoven)
• Renny Ramakers (Creative Director, Droog Design)

Need inspiration? Check rijksmuseum.nl/en/rijksstudio

Contact
If you have any questions or feedback on the Rijksstudio Award, please email award@rijksmuseum.nl
More info: https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/rijksstudio-award

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Elephants, Tattoos, and a Horse head

Posted:  November 26th 2014



On Tuesday December 2, Renny Ramakers will give a talk at the business conference ‘Exploring Dutch-Maltese Business Opportunities in Innovative Technologies, Design and Creative Industry’ in Malta. At the conference she will explain the way how Droog is creative with and without the use of new technology.

In her talk she will show that innovation can be achieved by looking at things from a different perspective. Droog’s alternative ways of thinking and new design mentalities will be demonstrated by presenting its latest design projects. One of these projects is Solar, in which designers of DeMakersVan and Studio Molen have been connected to the daily reality of science, research and industry. Together they have been investigating how solar panels could be more than just efficient tools.

The conference is organized by the Netherlands Embassy in Malta in cooperation with Malta Enterprise, the Ministry for the Economy, Investment & Small Business, the Netherlands Research Institute TNO, the University of Malta and the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry.

December 2, 2014. Location: Malta Enterprise.

More info here

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Material Matters selected for Synergy & Symbiosis – UABB@Venice

Posted:  August 20th 2014

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Droog proudly announces that the Shenzhen Biennale project, Material Matters, has been selected for the coming exhibition, I.e. Synergy & Symbiosis – UABB@Venice – Shekou@Shenzhen Special Event at the Chinese Pavilion of the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture, curated by Mr. Jiang Jun. The opening of the exhibition will be on the 23rd of September.

Themed as “Mountains beyond Mountains”, China Pavilion will be designed by a numbers of the most established architects, designers and research professionals. UABB will be hosting an event series of “UABB@Venice” through collaborating with the China Pavilion, which includes the news conference, a 15-day long Retrospective of “Synergy For Symbiosis”, Urban Development Forums and other academic seminars.

The Retrospective will summarize the UABB 10-year’s growth history and its contribution to the city development of Shenzhen. A selection of exhibits and stories from the five editions of UABB will be presented in forms of case cards, story books and physical models; documentaries and interview videos of the UABB will be loop played on site; and furthermore the contribution that the bienniale as a public event has brought will be discussed over. A special forum will be arranged regarding the Synergy for Symbiosis in city developing, that is a developing mode with the government leadership, support from corporates, experts’ supervision and public participation. The past curators and exhibitors of UABB will be invited as guests for the forum.

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Droog designs pavilion with inbuilt scrap landscape for Department of Design in Cape Town, SA

Posted:  June 26th 2014

Droog presents a unique pavilion design for Department of Design, providing a temporary hub for the Department’s trade and matchmaking fair in the World Design Capital 2014 running from 8 to 26 July in Cape Town, South Africa.

As part of the Dutch participation in Cape Town World Design Capital 2014, the pavilion will be home to 60 companies with an interest in developing business relationships in South Africa, offering collaborative opportunities in establishing sustainable solutions for the region’s quality of life.

Titled ‘FLOW’, the spectacular structure will occupy a restored Art Deco building in the original Museum District of Cape Town, seamlessly connecting the building’s two levels with a landscape of re-used materials. From second-hand bicycle seats and scrap wood to used carpet tiles and plastic crates, the entire design implements used materials sourced within Cape Town to bring it to life.

“All materials we use are sourced locally and will go back to the source afterwards. The whole process is constantly changing and adapting to what and whom we encounter there.” Eliza Mante – Designer at Studio Droog. 

The core concept of the pavilion design is to solely use everything that is already available within the city, this  includes services – whereby Droog has engaged with local artisans to contribute to the final design. The forest of scrap materials envelops visitors, inviting them into a new environment to foster discussion, inspire change and exchange of knowledge.

The space features a playground for kids, a café with hanging plants, house-like structures made from tessellating window and door frames, and sound-proofed walls made from egg cartons. The design reflects the shared South African and Dutch practice of introducing life back into used goods, as well as engaging the surrounding community. This is further amplified by the design’s end-of-life, where all materials will be returned to the environment to re-enter the system, through recycling, re-selling or donating. Old chairs might be returned to the carpenters, or scrap-wood resold to scrap sellers.

About Department of Design
Department of Design is a three week-long event that supports sustainability and collaboration. It is the initiative of the Government of the Netherlands as part of their contribution to World Design Capital Cape Town 2014. Representing a R4.5m (300,000 euro) investment, it brings over 60 different Dutch companies together with South African counterparts in a programme that address challenges in water, health, energy, food and urban development and how to co-create sustainable solutions.

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Keynote by Renny Ramakers in Cape Town on July 9th

Posted:  June 26th 2014

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On 9 July, droog co-founder Renny Ramakers will give a keynote speech about designing the interior for Department of Design, the Dutch pavillion for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014.

If you’d like to attend the keyote, please enquire to RSVP@departmentofdesign.nl (subject to availability). For more info, visithttp://departmentofdesign.nl/events/keynote-renny-ramakers/

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Here, There, Everywhere a 4-year journey

Posted:  May 1st 2014

Droog releases Here, There, Everywhere, a visual and textual anthology of realistic and imaginative design projects by Droog Lab in collaboration with Winy Maas, Metahaven, Jurgen Bey, Richard Hutten, TD, Mieke Gerritzen, Erik Kessels, Bas Princen, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and others.

Edited by co-founder of Droog Renny Ramakers and Droog Lab curator Agata Jaworska, and designed by Thonik, the 224-page book is a compilation of 16 projects in nine chapters, with essays, conversations and talks by David Allin, Jurgen Bey, Koert Debeuf, Theo Deutinger, Greg Lindsay, Winy Maas, Justin McGuirk, Heleen Mees, Charles Renfro, Wouter Vanstiphout and Daniel van der Velden.

Here, There, Everywhere is a journey through diverse places of the world, from the Canadian Arctic to the deserts of Dubai, with outcomes ranging from a luxury brand inspired by Russian consumption patterns with Metahaven to an imaginary society with space for a million identities inspired by Belgium’s apparent lack of a singular national identity with Erik Kessels.

The projects are a culmination of four years of self-initiated work by Droog Lab in collaboration with partners, designers and clients. Initiated by Renny Ramakers in 2009, Droog Lab scans the world for emerging developments, exploring the broader relevance of local findings.

Here, There, Everywhere will be available on droog.com and at the Droog store in Amsterdam for 39.00 EUR (ISBN 9789090281735).

Here, There, Everywhere is supported by the Mondriaan Fund.

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MCBW LECTURES – Design connects

Posted:  February 5th 2014



Renny Ramakers will present a lecture at the MCBW LECTURES in Munich. In line with the guiding principle of MCBW 2014, Design connects, MCBW LECTURES will serve to illustrate the key role design plays as a moderator and as a motivator, as a questioner and as a consultant. Design connects users with the environments around them. Design facilitates new perspectives for the development of products and services.

Renny Ramakers: the Best of 4 Worlds
February 26th, 2014
5:30pm – 6:45pm

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