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design for urban dialogue

During the World Design Organization’s “Torino Design of the City” event, Nik gave a lecture on October 12th 2017 entitled “Design for urban dialogue – designing conditions for collaborative citymaking”. The lecture – illustrated by a selection of projects by Pantopicon in the realm of design-driven urban foresight and social […]

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Democracy and design

Virginia gave a lecture on “Democracy and Design” during the World Design Organization‘s Torino Design of the City conference on October 12th 2017. Through the lens of Hannah Arendt’s views on democracy, Virginia shed light on the role of design (more specifically, design for social innovation) in democracy-building. The topic […]

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AI & legal professions

Nik provided the AIGA-Treviso with a conversation starter on questions raised by the increasing influence of AI in society and the legal realm. On October 6th 2017, the Treviso chapter of the Italian association of young lawyers (AIGA Treviso) organised a conference entitled “Future & innovation in the legal professions” together […]

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art academy of the future

About 100 teachers and staff of the Genk Art Academy (Genkse Academie) gathered at the local soccer stadium to reflect on their future. On 31/08 they explored the dynamics that shaped their academy in the past; they discussed future trends and developments that might rock their organisation in the coming […]

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the cyberiad: telling stories of power relationships in future wor(l)ds

How might the future (re)shape power relationships? What might define power, what will it consist of? How might such prospects challenge the way we design the world around us? How might this render our lives different? On June 15th, Nik Baerten (Pantopicon, Antwerp, B), Elisa Bertolotti (University of Madeira), Virginia […]

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toolkit to inspire urban labs launched

The final conference of the URB@Exp project (JPI-Urban Europe) took place in Graz, Austria. Together with its partners, Pantopicon launched a toolkit for civil servants or other stakeholders exploring to set up their urban lab. The LAB kit – as it is called – contains a booklet of guidelines and […]

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lecture on the value of futures thinking for policy making

In Bruges … Nicole delivered a lecture yesterday on the value of foresight and futures thinking for policy making. The lecture took place during #uitdaginggeaccepteerd (challenge accepted), a one day seminar for top-level civil servants from the Flemish government.

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Hack Belgium

Last week Catherine featured as a future expert during Hack Belgium, a three-day laboratory for the future. For the event about 1000 participants convened at the Tour & Taxis site in Brussels to hack together a series of game-changing solutions to 14 societal and systemic challenges across a variety of thematic areas such as mobility, healthcare and education. Experts […]

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rural & rurban innovation in Midden Delfland

… is the name of a new innovation network for sustainable rural and rurban innovation in Midden-Delfland. Pantopicon collaborates on the setup of the network with the municipality of Midden-Delfland, the province of Zuid-Holland, Wageningen University and Imagro. Midden IN Delfland will bring together urban, rural and agrarian players to engage in collaborative action. Currently, they […]

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International Lifestyle Studies – Antwerp field trip

During their yearly International Lifestyle Week field trip, students of the Fontys bachelor programme International Lifestyle Studies visited Antwerp. Over the course of three days, they explored the city’s offerings and hunted for local trends. Furthermore, Pantopicon challenged them to come up with concept designs for sustainable enterpreneurship in the Nieuw Zuid neighbourhood. Together […]

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