posted on: 04/12/2014

In October 2014, the city of Maastricht participated for the third year in a row in the Expo Real 2014 in Munich as a co-exhibitor of the Holland Property Plaza. At this indispensible business platform for the international real-estate industry and for investors, all of the links in the value chain gather. Almost 37.000 real estate professionals from 74 countries were present at this three-day event. Maastricht presented the possibilities of the city and highlighted the following projects.

1 ‘De Groene Loper’; how one of the leading tunnel projects in Europe will generate a new city of Maastricht
2 The development of the innovating area Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus in cooperation with Maastricht University and Maastricht UMC+.
3 The urban development of ‘Belvédère’ within an organic area development.

The city of Maastricht signed a letter of intent with Bouwfonds for an investment of 40-60 million in three residential locations for students and starters in Maastricht, in Munich at the Expo Real.


posted on: 20/10/2014

The Netherlands is hosting the 6th Asia Europe Culture Ministers Meeting (ASEM) from 19-21 October 2014 in the nhow hotel in De Rotterdam. The topic is Creative Industries. The ASEM Culture Ministers will use this 6th meeting to exchange experiences and discuss the benefits and challenges of creative industries.

“Innovation is a key prerequisite to meeting the societal challenges of the 21st century. Creative skills are indispensable to finding new solutions to problems and to facilitating economic growth.” Jet Bussemaker – Minister of Education, Culture and Science, The Netherlands

New narrative – Design in the digital age

posted on: 12/09/2014

The exhibition “new narrative – design in the digital age” which takes place from September 12th – October 19th at the Design House Darmstadt shows how innovative designers deal with new technologies. Divided into sections Rapid Prototyping / 3D Printing, Wearable Electronics, Augmented Reality and the Internet of Things, Hessen Design presents new forms of products, communication and interface design.

New Narratives arise where design and technology meet, these narratives can be seen at the exhibition. DDD presents a recent project: Limburg Open Lab, with Boy Bastiaens, Albert Kiefer, Gay Jongen and Maurice Mentjens. The lab was set up during the Social Beta Event in May of this year. Entitled “new narrative – design in the digital age”, Hessen Design organizes a symposium at September 26th at the Designhaus Darmstadt. Speakers are: Dennis Paul, Albert Schuster, Werner Sobek, Tom Beijing, Benedikt Groß and Marc Maurer.


posted on: 31/08/2014

On Saturday 30 August the Netherlands celebrated 200 years of Kingdom in Maastricht. The National Committee for the Bicentenary of the Kingdom organized an international congress entitled ‘Hello World! Reflections on the Netherlands’ with a focus on culture, politics and trade. The heads of state of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany were present. Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans and Federal President of Germany Joachim Gauck gave some impressive speeches.

Dutch Design Desk Europe (DDDE) promotes the Dutch Creative Industry across the national borders and is based in Maastricht.

Hessisch-Niederländischer Wirtschaftstag

posted on: 23/06/2014

DDDE took part at an event organized by the Netherlands-Germany Chamber of Commerce.

On thursday, DDDE gave a short presentation about DDDE and its activities during dinner that was organized at the Den Haag Toren. On friday, in the royal townhouse of the German embassy in Den Haag DDDE attended a meeting organised by the German ambassador in the Netherlands Franz Josef Kremp and the Minister of Energy, Traffic and Development of Hessen, Tarek Al-Wazir. A lively gathering of about 60 people from Hessen and the Netherlands, all active in one way or the other in the creative industries, gaming or IT business, discussed possible cooperations.

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