LoopNL

LoopNL

Student
Raquel Kuperus

 

Coaches
Caroline Hummels
Maarten Smith
Sander van der Zwan

 

Expert
Tom Djajadiningrat

 

Partner
Rijkswaterstaat

Inspired by the goal of having a fully circular economy in the Netherlands by 2050, LoopNL is a proposal of a system that facilitates the collaboration and transparency of all stakeholders involved in the life cycle of manufactured products. A unique LoopNL-ID is engraved in each product like a fingerprint, linking it to its information profile, which is stored in the LoopNL database. Manufacturers are able to track the entire life cycle of a product, ensuring that their products and materials come back to them. Transparency about technical, mechanical, and chemical characteristics of the product, opens opportunities for local services to repair, refurbish and resell, and makes classification for recycling a more controllable process. To encourage the indispensable collaboration of the consumer, LoopNL includes the LoopNL app which helps engage consumers in the rewarding experience of keeping products in the loop, and contributing to the sustainability of the larger society.


Agora - Speculative design towards an artificial intelligence inclusive future

Agora – Speculative design towards an artificial intelligence inclusive future

Student
Teun van Acker

 

Coach
Pierre Lévy

 

Partner
Wageningen University & Research

The Netherlands is facing major future challenges: the rising sea level, creating a circular economy… But what will be the role of technology in this future? What happens if we live in an AI-inclusive society? Who has the power and who is in charge of decision-making? In my FBP I researched how artificial intelligence (AI) could ‘desirably’ intervene into two of our fundaments of society, democracy and individual freedom, through speculative design. Based on trend spotting, future thinking, and probing emerging technologies, I’ve created the concept of AGORA: a community-based AI platform that allows discussion and decision-making based on personal data. By probing this concept as an experience in the context of 2120, I reflected with a team of experts if this future is desirable. As a result, a strategic document has been set up for future implications in product development and policymaking to achieve a desirable future with AI.


Perspective matters

Perspective matters

Students
Timon Adriaanssen
Elke van Dael
Daan Rozinga
Malin Winter

 

Coach
Jun Hu

 

Expert
John Dagevos

 

Partner
Telos

People often look at data from a certain perspective, making data shift from purely objective to partly subjective, this level of subjectivity can also be increased when people visualize the data. This research is conducted in coöperation with Telos, a company that gathers and delivers data to municipalities based on the Sustainable Development Goals. In this study, qualitative research has been done where different perspectives have been made explicit, in order to see if the awareness on these perspectives could influence the discussion between policy makers. A research probe was designed to visualize indicators, as well as forcing extreme perspectives on the participants, these being the People, Planet, Profit perspectives. A thematic analysis of the results lead to the conclusion that restrictions in the discussion leads to creative thinking and the fact that the awareness on perspectives can be raised, although it is hard to empathize.


EnergAR

EnergAR

Student
Anna Bänffer

 

Coach
Pierre Lévy

 

Expert
Cindy van den Bremen

 

Partner
ZET

EnergAR is an app that lets users explore the energy transition at home. Exploration can be a medium to familiarize people with the concept and consequences. Lacking crucial information can create fear and frustration when being asked to participate in the transition. This can lead to non-cooperating citizens and can slow down the transition. Important factors why people are against the idea of transitioning are change, money and the process. EnergAR provides this information by showing calculations of the total costs, the possible procedure when switching and what your house will look like afterwards. This, together with the pros and cons list and the subsidies, gives people the ability to decide what they can do with this knowledge. EnergAR will become a part of the routines of energy and housing experts, and will be introduced in the awareness stage at the start of the transition process.


What's going ön?

What’s going ön?

Student
Sam van der Horst

 

Coach
Pierre Lévy

 

Expert
Jeroen Peeters

 

Partner
RISE
Umeå Kommun

This research uses Virtual Reality to explore perspective taking on the urban development of the ÷n island in Umeå, Sweden. The research tries to answer the following question: How can we use VR to explore perspective taking for participation in urban planning? Through the design of What’s going ön?, a VR experience that is virtually situated in the to be developed area, this question is explored. It shows the user multiple perspectives through animation and virtual interaction. Creating an interplay between first and third person perspectives.

VR could play a significant role in sharing perspectives and opening up new ones. Perspective taking in VR has been used as a tool to study empathy in social situations. This research combines this opportunity with the theory of embodiment. The design aims to translate the physical values of embodiment into the virtual world and through this open up new perspectives on urban development.


A tool for annotating GIS

A tool for annotating GIS

Student
Tjeu van Bussel

 

Coach
Javed Khan

 

Partner
Utrecht University

Geographers use applications called GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to display spatial information. GIS are used to analyze geographic data and find patterns. In order to choose the right GIS for a task, it would be useful to filter them according to their attributes.

The goal of this project is to develop a tool that allows GIS to be annotated according to their attributes. The ìwhyî for this is explained in the video. Gerry the chatbot is a prototype to execute this task. Gerry does this by presenting the user with a screenshot of a GIS, and asking multiple-choice questions about it.

Using a chatbot has some advantages. The chatbot does not require extensive studying of an instruction document before starting with the task. It also relieves the user of some cognitive load by posing clear questions that users can evaluate, instead of throwing the user in the deep without guidance.


Navigating complexity of multi-stakeholders collaborations

Navigating complexity of multi-stakeholders collaborations

Student
Britt Smulders

 

Coach
Caroline Hummels

 

Expert
Astrid Kaag

 

Partner
Brabant Outcome Funds

This project is about appreciating and navigating complexity in multi-stakeholder collaborations working on wicked problems, studied from a design perspective. When working with the complexity of wicked problems and multi-stakeholder collaborations the familiar reductionistic approaches are no longer sufficient. Systems and complexity theory provide a logic for appreciating and navigating complexity through the understanding of interrelations, engaging with multiple perspectives, and defining boundaries. This research positions a conceptual framework to apply these ideas based on both theory and practice. The purpose of this research is not to provide concrete tools, but to better understand the potential ways to navigate the complexity in these situations.


Transformative Practices

Transformative Practices

Transformative Practices (TP) considers the transformations of our societies, dealing with major societal issues, local challenges for social resilience, or everyday activities, as well as their interrelations. Envisioning transformative practices, we question through designing the how, who, why and what of design for these major societal issues.

TP aims at sharing knowledge and sparking collaborations. Since the TP squad is not merely focusing on doing projects, but on learning together to become transformative designers, we are specifically looking for students to join our squad and community, who are interested in experimenting with our underlying philosophy and approach.

In the TP squad, the projects we run are formed from a combination of elements within three main categories: theories, approaches and application areas. For more information, you can explore here these different elements.