Droog al Arab: platform

We presented the outcome of our first Lab project, Droog al Arab, a platform for collaborative creation and development, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Mishaal Al Gergawi with:
Renny Ramakers (Droog)
Jurgen Bey (Studio Makkink & Bey)
Saskia van Drimmelen (Painted)
Rami Farook (traffic, LOCAL)
Agata Jaworska (Droog)
Saratoga Bldg. (behind Tamweel), Al Barsha, Dubai

An online hub for collaborative content creation and development has been envisioned by Jurgen Bey and Saskia van Drimmelen. On this platform, the leading designers can invite emerging designers, makers and other collaborators to contribute ideas and skills. The platform features a time bank—a place where time contributions are collected and traded, and a library—a place for supportive material that anyone can add to. Proposals enter a catalogue that can be viewed by potential developers for realization. The platform brings together design, production and consumption, and can pop up anywhere in the world as an alternative pop up mall. Inspired by a closely knit family business model with new notions of hierarchy, this platform is about community thinking and its vast potential.
“A metaphor for Dubai’s future” – Mark Blaisse, Pilgrims
Director: Renny Ramakers, Droog
Local partner: Rami Farook, traffic
Leading designers: Jurgen Bey, Saskia van Drimmelen
Design team: Daphnée Lanternier, Emmeline de Mooij, Nadine Sterk
Local designers: Ahmad Angawi, Omran Al Owais
Consultants: Mark Blaisse, Stephan Propper, Peter Clercx
Lab: Agata Jaworska, content & project manager
Lab interns: Daniela Dossi, Tom Merrell, Katrin Murbach, Luís Nascimento,
Libby Scarlett, Femke de Vries
Read about the Droog Lab here.