What happens when research and design meet? In this track, organized by NWO, we will explore the interplay between research and design. Inspiring projects – using Research Through Design and other examples combining design and research – offer us a whole range of different and unique perspectives on this topic.

Projects in the domains Built Environment, Societal challenges, Future Design and Fashion will share their insights, experiences and lessons.



10:00 - 11:00


Urbanization is expected to continue. As more and more people move closer to one another, new and innovative solutions and insights are needed within the built environment domain. Dr. ir. Martin Tenpierik, prof. ir Thijs Asselbergs, dr. dipl. ing. Sanda Lenzholzer will offer their experiences, insights, and stories about their projects, and how they combined research with design to tackle a variety of topics. From dealing with the "human thermal sensation in cities" to integrating consumer preferences and heritage in design work to using technology as inspiring principle in designing a trombe wall.

There is time for a Q&A with each of the speakers at the end of each talk.

Organiser: Anne van der Ham
Moderator: Kees Dorst

Double Face 2.0
Few architectural works draw aesthetic advantage from technical aspects; technology is often seen as a constraint limiting creativity rather than inspiring principles that become part of the design identity. With the design of the novel type of Trombe wall system, we aimed to combine a high technical performance witht its engineering performances, demonstrating the value of an integrated design identity.

Speaker: Martin Tenpierik


Beyond the current
Many design solutions are produced without paying much attention to the architectural and cultural heritage quality, as well as not researching consumer preferences and means. These aspects are of increasingly important when designing non-row housing, particularly in the larger cities. This proposal aims to generate design solutions for the deep renovation of representative parts of the more complex housing stock, to increase both energy efficiency and architectural quality.

Speaker: Thijs Asselbergs


Real cooling water bodies
Urban heat problems will be exacerbated and peak rain fall will increase: these predicted climate problems need to be resolved quickly. By studying configurations of shading, evaporation and ventilation objects around bodies of water, we can improve ‘human thermal sensation in cities’. 

Speaker: Sanda Lenzholzer


11:30 - 12:30

How do people design their lives and enable themselves? New technology and insights empower individuals and communities to develop tools, collaborative efforts and plans to deal with their changing living conditions. Dr. ir. Froukje Sleeswijk, Prof. dr. Elisa Giaccardi & Dr. Louis Neven, and Dr. Ingrid Mulder give us their insights and will elaborate on how they combined research and design to enable people, the elderly, organizations and policy makers to empower themselves and tackle societal challenges.

There is time for a Q&A with each of the speakers at the end of each talk.

Organiser: Anne van der Ham
Moderator: Kees Dorst

My futures
Local government, service providers, and individuals are increasingly expected to be responsible for their own futures. In this project, newly developed tools will enable individuals to create images of their own future, and use these when discussing and developing their options, arrangements, and plans, either alone and/or with personal and professional relations. 

Speaker: Froukje Sleeswijk, Bas Raijmakers

Resourceful Ageing
This approach moves away from the idea of the elderly as frail, passive and technologically incompetent, a sterotype that underlies much of today’s healthcare technology. Instead, this project promotes a view of the elderly as being extremely capable of creatively dealing with the everyday challenges they encounter as they age.

Speaker: Elisa Giaccardi & Louis Neven

Participatory city making
This new city making process is not only about bringing various disciplines together that address urban developments, but foremost seeks to establish a collaborative effort of defining a new way of working between professional designers, academics, policy makers and citizens.

Speaker: Ingrid Mulder, Berit Piepgras



13:30 - 14:30

How can research and design help us to envision our future, move to preserve our ecosystems and our way of life for future generations? Dr. Raoul Frese, Prof. dr. Han Wösten & Maurizio Montalti, Lillian van Daal & Roos Meerman, and David Hamers take us through their projects and give us a glimpse of the future and show nature and the human body in a new light. There is time for a Q&A with each of the speakers at the end of each talk.

Organiser: Anne van der Ham
Moderator: Kees Dorst

Symbiotic space machines
Symbiotic Machines for Space Exploration are autonomous structures that will make a meaningful contribution to the stabilization of endangered ecosystems, conservation of biodiversity and creation of a new environment, focusing on environments with a huge concentration of carbon dioxide.

Speaker: Ivan Henriques, Raoul Frese

Mycelium based product design
There is a growing need for society to reduce its dependence on finite oil-based materials and move towards to sustainable alternatives. Mycelium-based composite is an interwoven network of fungal hyphae, a good example of an alternative.

Speakers: Han Wösten & Maurizio Montalti

Dynamorphosis – The beauty of inner mechanisms
Lilian van Daal and Roos Meerman developed 'Dynamorphosis, the beauty of inner mechanisms' in collaboration with Renee Van Amerongen of the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences of the University of Amsterdam / Universiteit van Amsterdam. 'Dynamorphosis' consists of a series of 3D printed, kinetic objects. This project merges the invisible biological process of the body with 3D printing, with attention to biology’s ability to self-assemble, transfer substances, and maintain equilibrium.

Speakers: Lilian van Daal & Roos Meerman

Re-Source: Participation in reframing residual materials in design theory, design practice and design education
A succesful transition towards a circular economy can only be achieved when we work together. How can we collaborate on the scale required? David Hamers elaborates on how he envisions a new method for social participation can advance the move towards a more circular economy. He explains how we can rethink our urban environment to deal with resource scarcity and proposes a theoretical framework that that combines the experimental and innovative capacities of RTD practices to create an interface for collaboration between universities and professionals.

Speaker: David Hamers


15:00 - 16:00

What can combining research and design bring to fashion? Among others Prof. dr. Ir. Kaspar Jansen shows us new and innovative solutions for clothes that can actively control body temperature. Combining research and design has enabled him to take fashion and function one step further. More speakers to be announced.

There is time for a Q&A with each of the speakers at the end of each talk.

Organiser: Anne van der Ham
Moderator: Kees Dorst

Smart clothing for temperature regulation
New and innovative solutions for clothing which can actively control our body temperature are created by combining different heating and cooling technologies with sensors and actuators, while integrating these in new smart clothing prototypes.

Speakers: Kaspar Jansen, Laura Duncker


The future of fashion is collaboration
To truly innovate the fashion industry, we need to look at crossovers with other industries to completely rethink the way we produce and wear fashion. What happens when a fashion designer starts collaborating with a research partner? Aniela will share insights and her vision on the future of fashion.

Speaker: Aniela Hoitink

The Role of the Artefact in Research Through Design
In this presentation Stephan will try to make clear how your designs and artefacts can play a role in the generation of knowledge. He will use many examples from smart textiles services, fashion design and interaction design to inform and inspire your own research through design.

Speaker: Stephan Wensveen


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is professor at the Faculty of Architecture and the Build Environment at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) as well as an independent architect in Amsterdam. As professor of Architectural Engineering he is fascinated by the innovative power of technology in architecture.
sees herself as a mediator between the natural and the artificial or designed world. She experiments with innovative technologies and materials in order to create new shapes and structures. With the resulting objects she aspires to provide insights and contribute to more sustainable production methods.
currently holds position of Design United professor, looking into the development of Research Through Design methodologies. He is trained as an industrial designer and philosopher, is Professor of Design Innovation at the University of Technology Sydney, and the founder/director of the UTS Design Innovation Research Centre.
Trained as an Industrial Designer at Eindhoven University of Technology, with a specialisation towards interaction design for wearables. Now researcher at the University of Applied Sciences within the Fashion Research & Technology group, where she researches a sustainable but innovative future for fashion.
Raoul Frese, Amsterdam 1969, studied physics at the University of Amsterdam and received his PhD at the VU University Amsterdam. There he established his research group biohybrid solar cells investigating photosynthetic material interconnected in solar cells.
(PhD) is a spatial researcher. He mainly works in the field of urbanization. He is a senior researcher for Urban Areas at PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving) in The Hague and a reader/professor (lector) for Places and Traces at Design Academy Eindhoven.

Ivan Henriques is a transdisciplinary artist and researcher working in multimedia installations examining living systems. He explores in his works hybrids of nature and (technological) culture creating new forms of communication between humans and other living organisms. He considers nature as inspiration and a necessary factor in the development of the technological world. 

Aniela Hoitink is founder of NEFFA. Through a multi- and interdisciplinary way of working, by altering or adding properties to textile and studying the different aspects (colour change, growth, nurture) of the skin NEFFA is researching the Future of Fashion and Textile.
Elisa Giaccardi is Professor and Chair of Interactive Media Design at Delft University of Technology, where she leads the Connected Everyday Lab.
is full professor and chair of the Emerging Materials group at the Delft University of Technology. He studied Chemical Engineering at Twente University and received his Ph.D degree from Delft University of Technology. His current research is on designing with smart and interactive materials and on smart textiles.
is associate Professor at Wageningen University and Principal Investigator at Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS). She works on the relationship between research and design. Within her research she integrates urban climate science with urban planning and design practice.
researches techniques and processes, using her design mentality to innovate and pioneer. By altering existing machines or tools, she finds new ways to translate her amazement for nature and physics into something tangible. The outcome is used as a way to talk about advancement in technology and as a conversation starter for crossover collaborations with scientists and industrial partners.
Strongly rooted in a collaborative, research-based and experimental approach, Maurizio Montalti’s work investigates and reflects upon contemporary culture. His practice, “Officina Corpuscoli” reveals unorthodox relationships among existing paradigms, promoting the growth of critical thinking, through the development and materialisation of tangible alternatives, often inspired by and in collaboration with living systems and organisms.
is an expert in transformative and social design. She is an Associate Professor at Delft University of Technology with a background in Policy and Organization Sciences (MA, University of Tilburg) and Educational Sciences and Technology (PhD, University of Twente).
is an interdisciplinary social scientist whose main interest is studying the relation between ageing and technology. He leads the Active Ageing research group at Avans and is involved in several projects which are related to (practical) issues around active and healthy ageing and/or innovations for older people.
In her practice as an architect, Berit is facilitating spatial developments, preferably in interdisciplinary teams. She conducts research on spatial and urban challenges and has specialised in the interaction between behaviour and space. Berit joined the Participatory City Making project as a researcher in may 2017 and is working on the development of the various participatory tools.
is co-founder and Creative Director of STBY in London and Amsterdam, a studio specialised in creative research for service design and innovation in industry and public sector. He holds a PhD in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art in London and is also Reader in Strategic Creativity at Design Academy Eindhoven.
is assistant professor at Delft University of Technology, ID-StudioLab. She is a pioneer in user insights methods for service innovation. Her research focuses on involving stakeholders in design processes delivering products, services and complex product service systems.
  MARTIN TENPIERIK Martin Tenpierik is an assistant professor of Building Physics, head of the section Environmental & Computational Design at TUDelft’s faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and a registered architect in the Netherlands.
(PhD Design Engineering) is Associate Professor at the department of Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology. His interest is in using the creative power of design to integrate research, education and innovation.
has a chair in Microbiology at University of Utrecht. His group studies fungal growth and development. Dr. Wösten received the Dutch Innovative Research PIONIER grant and was awarded 3 research prizes among which the prestigious Simon Stevin Meester Award. Dr Wösten is part of the management team of the public private partnership BE BASIC and is president of the Royal Dutch Society for Microbiology KNVM.


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