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FaceThis is doing it for the kids
This initiative turns Indonesian kids' drawings into school funding through international collaboration.
The Why Factory: Future-making machine
Winy Maas, co-founder of MVRDV and The Why Factory, is the kind of architect who constantly asks, “What if..?” Maas will be speaking at Design Indaba 2017.
Spying on a thief in this fascinating documentary
Film student Anthony van der Meer made a documentary tracking his stolen phone and the thief who stole it
Biolux: Speculating on the future of indoor lighting
Growing glowing architecture.
MVRDV's magical Crystal House is built with glass bricks
Architects MVRDV win a Dutch Design Award for Crystal House, a building made entirely out of glass.
Floating Farm set to launch in Rotterdam
Waterfront dairy farm presents a sustainable approach to food production in cities.
The world’s largest air purifier is touring the smoggy cities of China
Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde’s Smog Free Tower (which works like a vacuum cleaner for dirty air) is travelling to China.
A floating forest will soon set sail in Rotterdam
Mothership’s Dobberend Bos installation explores how people and nature coexist in an urban environment.
Traffic lights give priority to cyclists commuting in the rain
In Rotterdam, a new traffic light system speeds up cyclists' travel time in wet conditions.
A spaceship-like lamp intricately woven by a robot
Atelier Robotiq employs the accuracy of robotics to imitate elaborate design techniques.
Fruit and veggie waste is transformed into leathery material
A group of design students in Rotterdam have created a new type of leather from discarded fresh produce.
Sweat wearable combines tech and body
A researcher has designed a textile coating that analyses the body’s sweat content to warn against dehydration.
The Dutch Windwheel has been built to be a beacon of clean energy
Rotterdam’s futuristic wind turbine will be a sustainable energy landmark as well as a unique place to live.
Voting with your waste
A Dutch design collective has come up with a fun way to make festival-goers more conscious of their rubbish.
Christien Meindertsma: Design includes what lies behind the product
In this exclusive interview, the Rotterdam-based designer tells us why she felt compelled to buy a flax farm in the Netherlands.
A safer and speedier rescue
Spark Design and Innovation's inflatable raft uses an innovative tilting mechanism that makes it easier to pull rescue victims out of the water.
Marbles of light
Daan Roosegaarde's eye-catching MARBLES installation will illuminate the 2014 Route du Nord Light exhibition with bright and bold colours.
A deathly diet
For an exhibit on the future of food, Martí Guixé designed a diet to aid people to reach "a temporary transordinary lifestyle status". He tells us about it.
Cohen Van Balen has designed an installation that attempts to capture the flavour of fear.
With waste materials cut into blocks measuring 40mm x 40mm, Piet Hein Eek created a set of furniture that gives new meaning to the term "waste not, want not".
Day in the life of a country road
Jeanne van Heeswijk captured the thoughts of motorists in a video that explores a day in the life of a country road.
Stop waiting, start making: Lessons in liveability from Jeanne van Heeswijk
Based in Rotterdam, Jeanne van Heeswijk is a visual artist who creates situations in public places to provoke interactions between members of the public.
From space to the silver screen
Nelly Ben Hayoun's The International Space Orchestra feature film premieres at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam.
Daan Roosegaarde is an artist and innovator, interested in exploring the dawn of a new nature evolving from technological innovations.
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