posted on: 03/12/2013
To discuss the future of the Network for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe (N.I.C.E.) initiated by ecce and presented at the Forum d’Avignon Ruhr 2013, representatives of the initiators from seven nations met at Dortmund U on 28 November 2013.
Following a keynote speech on the terminology and understanding of innovation by Pia Areblad, founder of the Swedish agency for artistic interventions TILLT, Dr. Leimüller, CEO of the Austrian special consulting agency for open innovation winnovation, hosted four debates on the new European network’s visions, methods, activities and statutes. At the end of this first intense work meeting it became clear that the coming year will be as busy as the last, with the official founding of the network, an award and an exhibition coming up. DDDE is one of the partners in this European network for the creative industry.
posted on: 12/10/2013
For the second year, DDDE is presenting Design-Boulevard.NL during the Inspire City event at the Heerlen ‘Meubel Boulevard’. Twentyfive young designers from the Euregion Meuse-Rhine are being presented at different stores on location. The event takes place November 1st – 3rd, 2013.
This year’s participants are: Strikks, Lena Berens, Gabriel Guevarra, Caramel, Ellen Truijen, Fabian Seibert, Patricia Yasmine Graf, Sabine Schumacher, Marco Iannicelli, Til Hennen, Lucie Berben, Dorinda Bielen, Nick Ceulemans, Mieke Dierckx, Robin van Hontem, Lore Langendries, Coralie Miessen, Eva-Katrien Schröder, Alexia de Ville, Danielle Vroemen, Luc Vincent, Monique Désar and Lisanne Janssen.
Visit the website www.design-boulevard.nl for more information.
On the 2nd of October, 2013, a group of Dutch professionals from the cultural and creative sectors were invited to meet with some of their German colleagues across the border. This trip was the result of collaboration between the Dutch Design Desk Europe (DDDE), the Economic Center for Creative Economy (ECCE), and the Dutch province of Limburg (limburg.nl) and their renewed commitment to work together across the national border which separates them geographically.
A bus collected the Dutch group and served as a mobile conversation platform on the way to and from our German locations. The first stop brought us to the Dutch Consulate in Düsseldorf, where Arne van Vliet gave and Jorn Konijn gave presentations on the new EU funding possibilities in the next policy period 2014-2017 (the programme Creative Europe) and some experiences and insights from previous matchmaking projects in India, China and Brazil, respectively. The stay at the consulate combined the presentations with a lunch, after which we left the building through some very futuristic elevators, back to the bus and onto our next stop: the Dortmunder “U”.
This building was once a storage facility for a brewery, and has since been re-purposed into a cultural building, presenting exhibitions, cinema, a restaurant and more. A press event was organized where several speakers, to be named Kurt Eichler, Prof. Dieter Gorny, Noël Lebens, Nicole Maurer, Monika Simshäuser, Prof. Kurt Mehnert, Bernd Scholz and Guido Röcken solidified their agreement to work together and expressed their approval of the latest developments in the collaboration.
DDDE and ECCE are the driving force of the current programme of cultural exchange, while the political climate is very supportive at a local, national, and the EU-wide level. Political representatives Noël Lebens of the Dutch province Limburg, and Monika Simshäuserof the Commission for Arts & Sport in Kulturverband Ruhrgebiet, both attended the event and expressed their enthusiasm for the alliance.
Earlier this year, on April 18th, the province of Limburg, ECCE and DDDE signed a Letter of Intent in which they pledged to work together and share knowledge in order to further the chances of professionals interacting across the border. Both regions have much to offer each other in terms of exchanging knowledge and the establishment of cross-overs in the area of their creative industries. More specifically, they aim for cooperation between the creative industries within the different regions, the creation of relevant interregional and international networks, the realization of interregional projects, making use of relevant financing possibilities coming from the EU meant to support the creative industry, and an effective organizational/administrative cooperation between the regions.
The event of October 2nd was designed to invite and encourage collaboration between the Dutch and German participants, and after having spoken to several of them throughout the day the feedback on this point was overwhelmingly positive. The format of the communal bus ride allowed for the Dutch professionals to mingle amongst themselves which led to many new acquaintances – and the expansion and strengthening of your network is always a positive development.
At the end of the day, participants agreed that meeting each other in a laid-back but focused professional environment was a solid first step in initiating further interaction. Concrete project proposals and common fertile grounds for research studies were discussed and agreed upon. Possibilities for participation in existing formats as well as additional channels of communication will allow the participants to stay in touch easily and build up the future collaboration.
posted on: 09/08/2013
In the second quarter of 2013, for the fifth quarter in a row, more architects in the UK see increasing rather than declining order books. Germany remains very stable. Stabilisation can also be seen in Spain but at a very low level. Italy is experiencing the hardest quarter since 2009 by far. France and the Netherlands, very similar in terms of indicators, still show no encouraging figures. These are some of the conclusions of the second quarter of 2013 European Architectural Barometer report, a quarterly research among 1,600 architects in eight European countries. European architects act as a leading indicator for the construction activity.
Download pdf of ArchVision report 2013.
posted on: 01/07/2013
TEDxEutropolis is the first cross-border TEDx conference, it’s third edition will be held in Aachen and Heerlen on Saturday August 24th, 2013. The theme of TEDxEutropolis 2013 is ‘Are We Connected?’. It centers itself around our current hyper-connectivity, trying to uncover its value and meaning through interesting talks and dialogue.
The TEDxEutropolis event furthers the spirit of Ideas Worth Spreading by bringing people together to share a TED-like experience in Eutropolis. Eutropolis is a crossborder networkcity, a vision of an international partly urbanized, partly green area with 3.9 million inhabitants, three nationalities, three languages and with many institutions in the field of culture and education.