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co-creating sustainable entrepreneurship for Nieuw Zuid

What could sustainable entrepreneurship look like in Antwerp’s Nieuw Zuid (New South) neighbourhood, currently under construction? This question has been at the core of Pantopicon’s Citylab2050 activities for the neighbourhood from the start. Earlier on, a series of thematic sessions laid the groundworks for ideas on initiatives in the realm of mobility, food, sharing, smart tech etc. […]

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tomorrow’s arts education today

What might innovative, part-time arts education look like in the future? Which position might it occupy, which role might it fulfil in tomorrow’s cities? Which shape will it take? How will it connect to the city’s communities and activities? How might we embark on a transition to such new models? Pantopicon is currently supporting the […]

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Fintech Bootcamp Vlerick 2017

For the second year, the Vlerick business school invited Pantopicon to immerse their students in a series of fintech futures. During their 2017 Fintech Bootcamp, Nik welcomed them in four future worlds. Each world outlined the basic concept of a cross-industry fintech service in response to different societal needs and challenges. Through various foresight and design methods, students were challenged to design these services […]

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archaeological findings from futures beyond packaging

Once again we had the pleasure to introduce a group of students from the Design Academy Eindhoven (NL) to (some of) our ways of working with future scenarios. During a short workshop on February 14th 2017, Nik introduced them to Pantopicon’s blend of foresight and design, immersing students of the Man […]

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sustainable production

Last Friday, Nicole assisted in a roadmapping exercise for sustainable production of palm oil and coffee in Indonesia and Thailand. Together, 40 scientists from the Netherlands, Indonesia, Thailand and Germany created challenging roadmaps towards 2040. The exercise feeds into the SUSPENSE and SPIN projects.

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book publication: the pearl diver – the designer as storyteller

The DESIS Philosophy Talks are feedback loop encounters in which design practice and philosophical reflection cross-fertilise. Over the years, Pantopicon co-founder Nik Baerten contributed to various of its inspiring thematic meetings across the globe. Most recently, he also contributed to their latest book “The Pearl Diver – the designer as […]

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Energy consumption in European households and communities

Pantopicon co-founder Nicole Rijkens joined the kick-off of the ENERGISE project (acronym for European Network for Research, Good Practice and Innovation for Sustainable Energy), a pan-European research initiative to achieve a greater scientific understanding of the social and cultural influences on energy consumption. Funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme […]

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henry van de velde awards 2016

Pantopicon was present at this year’s Henry Van de Velde Awards with “Salonklets“, a project led by our very own Charlotte Vanhoutte, but also on another front … Four years after winning a Henry Van de Velde label for our project “MIOS – Museum in our street“ together with our partner StudioDott, […]

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book publication: we are wanderful – future forward

Together with Virginia Tassinari, Nik Baerten was invited to contribute a forward-looking chapter on design in future times for “We are wanderful“, a book covering 25 years of design & fashion in the belgian province of Limburg. Each invited a series of international friends and colleagues to zoom in on a key […]

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future of entrepreneurship in Nieuw Zuid

How can an emerging neighbourhood be rendered the perfect feeding ground for innovative entrepreneurs? Or … which types of innovative entrepreneurship might help to enhance the ecological and social sustainability of a neighbourhood? These and many other questions kickstarted a new Stadslab2050 track on the Antwerp neighbourhood under construction “Nieuw Zuid”. […]

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