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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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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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Designing Privacy

Last week, Pantopicon (Toronto) in collaboration with Toronto based design studio DoUC, had the pleasure of facilitating a thought provoking panel discussion around the theme of ‘Designing Privacy’; exploring how we can use design to address issues of privacy in today’s context.

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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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Engineering, Innovation and The Humanities

Pantopicon was invited by the University of Leuven for a keynote to be held during the proclamation ceremony of the Postgraduate Programme in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Engineering. Last Friday, Catherine took them on a 45min journey through the 4th industrial revolution, touching upon the value of uncertainty thinking and future scenarios, […]

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sharing for sustainable cities

How can sharing initiatives render urban contexts more sustainable? Which future sharing initiatives can we develop for Antwerp? Which levers might help these initiatives gain traction and grow? What might be the role of local authorities in all of this? Around these and other questions Stadslab2050 & Pantopicon brought together a group […]

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future of food and the city

How might overpopulation and climate change impact the food system in the future? What sorts of solutions might one come up with, given possible and probable future technologies? What ethical and legal challenges might lie on our path to the future? During Museumnacht, on the 8th of Augustus, Catherine touched upon these and […]

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