Cube Calls 2019/2020

NATURE – design

The future of planet earth will be decided by humankind.  The negative impact of human activity on the environment is already visible, including the use of fossil fuels leading to air pollution, overconsumption necessitating deforestation, and intensive animal farming putting an incredible strain on nature. The question is: is it too late to repair the damage done to our vulnerable ecosystems? And how can designers help fix this problem? What role can natural processes play in sustainable product development? In short, how can we capitalize on the symbiosis between nature and design to find solutions for the challenges we are currently facing?    Cube design museum’s ‘Nature Lab’ focuses on how nature, in the broadest sense of the word, can shape design and encourages designers to find solutions for a myriad of issues, both big and small.        

Ageing Society

More than a third of the Dutch population will be over the age of 65 by 2040. Life expectancy is on the rise as well. In fact, at present, 1 in 25 residents is 80 years or older, whereas 50 years ago this was 1 in 74. This demographic shift has increased pressure on health care, housing, city planning, mobility, and public facilities. How can designers contribute to easing some of this pressure? This Cube Call looks at how design can be used to resolve some of the issues described above. Within the context of the European SISCODE project, the objective is to devise solutions that can be implemented in policies at organizational, municipal, or regional level. The ‘Ageing Society Lab’ is a place for the different stakeholders to interact. You will co-create with visitors and other relevant stakeholders to use 'design thinking' in the pursuit of innovative solutions and applications for our future ways of living. Ultimately such solutions are relevant to all of us, as each and every one of us ages.  

Design for death

Some may chose to ignore the fact that they will die, but in this world nothing is certain, except death. Regardless of our faith, skin colour or belief, human life is impermanent. Fear of death and dying is related to many other fears and can have a big impact on our lives. Ignoring and denying this fear means we are unprepared when we reach life’s end. More consideration for the discussion, preparation and acceptance of death is important in order to come to terms with our own mortality or coping with loss. 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 our visitors and other stakeholders about the phenomenon of 'death and death rituals'. Together with participants from different backgrounds you will work on 'design for death'. Design which aims to create awareness and stimulate dialogue.