Cube Calls 2020

Register now for the design internships Ageing Society or (Re)design death @ Cube design museum!

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. 

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.