Cube Calls 2020/2021

Register now for the new calls (Re)Design Death, Design for a Changing Society or Waste? Or challenge us with your own ideas in the Open Call.

Cube offers (teams of) students and recent graduates the opportunity to work on these calls in the Cube design labs for 3-5 months: the Cube in residence program. In addition to the daily input from museum visitors, students from various disciplines and fellow designers, every Cube resident receives coaching in the field of design thinking and through Brightlands Innovation Factory you are introduced to the first steps towards independent entrepreneurship. See below the topics for this year's internships, the so-called Cube Calls.

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Cube calls 2020/2021

  • (Re)design Death
  • Design for a Changing Society
  • Waste?
  • Open Call

The language used during the projects at the museum can be in English or Dutch, depending on the participants. 

(Re)Design Death

Some may chose to ignore the fact that they will die, but in this world nothing is certain, except death. Regardless of religion, ethnicity or economic status, human life is impermanent.

Fear of death and dying can have a strong impact on our lives. Ignoring and denying this fear means we are unprepared when we or our loved ones reach life’s end. Being able to talk about death can make a big difference in reducing fear of death and accepting death as part of life.

The way in which we deal with death and death rituals is partly determined by culture, religion, morals or the way we live; but also the spirit of times plays an important role. This call aims to break the taboo by talking to the visitors of our exhibition RE/DESIGN DEATH and other stakeholders about questions of mortality and immortality. Together with participants from different backgrounds you will work on 'design for death': design that aims to create awareness and stimulate dialogue.

Design for a Changing Society

We may not always be aware of it, but society is changing all the time. Climate change, population ageing, and technological innovations are just a few examples of global developments that slowly but surely affect our everyday lives. It is only through sudden disruptions like the COVID-19 pandemic that we all feel the urge to reconsider how our society works. Through this crisis, we have learned how much we depend on social connections and that digital technology cannot (yet) replace physical contacts.

In our everyday lives, occupied by our daily responsibilities and to do-lists, we easily tend to forget about those people in society who are more vulnerable to change and less connected. Life expectancy is on the rise, we want to live an independent lifestyle for as long as possible, and more and more people are living alone in this individualistic society.

How can we learn from the current social limitations that we face as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and design for new ways to create meaningful connections?


We are facing various challenges regarding the (expected) scarcity of raw materials and the impact of their use on our environment. At the same time, we see that from a circular approach, waste and residual flows increasingly form a basis for new innovative materials.

The challenge in this call lies in exploring possibilities and designing new products /applications based on new materials that can be developed from waste and residual flows.

The Cube design labs are partners in an EU project based on the above-mentioned challenge. This project attempts to come up with new, innovative and circular solutions in collaboration with research environments such as CHILL (Chemelot Innovation and Learning Labs) on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen and different SMEs.

Open Cube Call

How can you bring about change? What kind of future would you like to design for? What does ‘design for human needs and ambitions’ mean to you?

Cube offers individual students, student teams, and recent graduates the opportunity to work on design that has an impact via the Cube in-residence programme. As a Cube resident, you work in the Cube design labs for a period of three to five months. You will be coached in skills related to design thinking, co-creation, and entrepreneurship and you will receive daily feedback from museum visitors, other designers, and students from a number of different disciplines.

If you have an exciting idea or have spotted a unique challenge or issue and are looking for an internship, a graduation project, or a temporary project, please contact us by sending your proposal (no more than two

A4 pages in length) to the following email address: info [at]

Please be sure to include the following in your proposal:

  • the problems or issues you would like to address as well as any ambitions/ needs you would like to satisfy
  • the relevance of your proposal for society (ideas must be relevant to the general public/ museum visitors)
  • the opportunities your proposal provides for co-creation with museum visitors
  • the expected results
  • a profile description of your team members, or, if you are sending in an individual application, a profile description of your ideal team
  • any suggestions for collaboration partners

Please note that preference will be given to applicants willing to work on holidays and Weekend days. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the coordinator of the Cube design labs, Anja Köppchen, by sending an email to: a.koppchen [at]