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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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futures beyond distribution

At the occasion of PostNL Pharma & Care’s 2016 GDP Masterclass, Nik gave a closing keynote on some – ongoing and to be expected – key changes within the context of distribution and logistics in pharma & healthcare (see SlideShare). What happens to distribution when diagnostics and new approaches to medicine (e.g. regenerative, personalised, […]

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the neological institute

Language is a powerful tool, not only to express but also to inspire new meanings, future dynamics and alternate realities. Hence, on June 30th a first edition of our workshop/performance “The Neological Institute” was organised during DRS2016 (Design Research Society Conference) in Brighton (UK). The performance was inspired by a […]

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sharing & the city

On June 23rd, Catherine will talk about the future of sharing and the sharing economy in one of the inspiration sessions powered by the Antwerp citylab initiative “Stadslab2050“. All welcome! Do not forget to register.

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LAB-Café #WNM16

During the final “LABCafé” of the happening “de Week van Nieuw Maastricht” #WNM16 on June 3rd 2016, Nicole engaged in a panel discussion on the future of urban labs/citylabs. Other panellists included Maurice Hermans (author of “De Anti-stad”), Frank Strolenberg (Cultural Heritage Institute of the Netherlands), Saskia Beer (Transformcity), Gerdo van […]

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