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Case Licht Verdicht: a study on the future of living in the city of Rotterdam

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Living in the heart of the city, in the middle of the urban vibe, is becomming popular.
As a result, means that cities like Rotterdam are facing a challenging task to ‘top-up’ excisting buildings to provide for extra horizontal space.
In the study “Licht Verdicht”, moderated by the ‘Branchevereniging Nederlandse Architectenbureaus'(BNA), seven multidisciplinary design teams looked at how to literally bring Rotterdam’s city center to a greater extent.

For the project “Lumiere Lijnbaan”, Trndmrkr (Hortense Koster) worked together with Adam Smit, Mijke Rood (ZZDP Architecten), Walter Spangenberg, Rudi Roijakkers (ABT), Edwin Santhagens and Stephen Tas (Santenco). Trndmrkr was respondible for a trend trend research on the furture needs of users to live, work and shop in the project “Lumiere Lijnbaan”.

The results of the study are published in the book Licht Verdich. The book shows how we can create new space on top of the old giants already standing. Renewal without demolition: it can – with some perseverance – lead to beautiful things. As Hans Ibelings writes in his view: Lightweight is a plea not to choose the path of least resistance and, where possible, to build on what is already.
The Book Licht Verdicht and is available in Dutch on the site of the BNA

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Design Thinking as a Basis for Innovation

Design Thinking is a proven method to shape innovation creatively. Innovation is about new solutions, new ideas and their realization, and creating an unique value. That value is not so much the technology, product or service, but especially in the experience of the customer / user. They are experiencing value through the use of products and services to achieve their goals. Therefore defining what is value is increasingly a co-production between provider and customer. What role does a product of service have in this changing landscape? And how can an organization reinvent itself? Can a industry or department (e.g. marketing) also innovate itself? Design Thinking is one way to find an answer to these questions.

Below are the steps Trndmrkr uses to come to an answer.
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Having a open-minded,active and creative mindset is indispensable.

Furthermore it is important to remember:

“Design Thinking is a process which includes the ‘building up’ of ideas
However, it is not a religion or a linear process. The steps can occur simultaneously and be repeated.
It’s all about understanding the story and finding the red line”.

For more information what Design Thinking tools can do for your challenge, contact Trndmrkr.

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Google’s latest project: Improving city life

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Google’s products are designed with the goal of improving your digital life, but the company now wants to help city dwellers IRL with Sidewalk Labs.

Sidewalk Labs’ website described itself as an “urban innovation company” with a “focus on improving city life for residents, businesses and governments.” read more here.

 

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Tomorrow ServDes, the Service Design and Innovation conference, will start in Copenhagen. It is the premier research conference for exchanging knowledge within Service Design and service innovation studies.  Since I’m working in Denmarks capital this week, I am going for a quick visit and doing some trend scoping as well. If you will be there let me know. For those not able to attend,  this paper is an interesting read of what Service Design topics will be discussed. I especially liked the “Chaos generation managed through design thinking: A task model for the design professional”.

Source: ServDes

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Design Thinking- The Movie

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Just got a glimpse of the new documentary: Design & Thinking
I’m curious how this documentary explains the journey and can add to a more professional crowd- aka my learnings of at least 10 yrs of putting DT into practise.
If you are in Berlin check out the screening at ITR8 or check the website:
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Writing: Gatekeepers & Crashers

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Together with a international group of multi-talented influencers andin particular Philip McKenzie had the opportunity to write an article for the Alchemy report, supported by InfluencerCon. The focus of this issue was “Gatekeepers/Crashers: Thriving or Dying?” and is all about “revealing the true machinations behind culture, commerce and influence by bringing gatekeepers and gatecrashers face to face a modern day showdown”.

My contribution is about ‘Hacking’ The System, read more on this in the Alchemy report below or go to the site of Influencer Conference. Special thanks to Philip McKenzie, global curator of Influencer Conference, for bringing these people together.

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Case: What if ….Blockchain?

paul_baran_1962_distributedBlockchain is a relative unknown concept for the most of us… but has an immense range of interesting applications, in finance, in digital sales and even in health. Therefore, Trndmrkr was asked to support in a workshop on this topic and its possibilities. To find out what Blockchain and Bitcoin actually pertains see this video below, the ‘Bitcoin Evangelie’ including an interview with Roger Ver (in Dutch), or the Ultimate Blockchain Reading List (Thanks Arno)

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Designer and researcher: the new creative partnership

TimeisnowExperience design agency Foolproof has a clear vision where more future forward creative agencies are moving towards: teaming up designers with researchers.

It is something that I personally have experienced as a win-win situation for both clients and agencies who want to create effective customer centric products and services. Looking forward to seeing & experiencing this collaboration at more ad agencies as well. Read the whole article here.

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Frog Tech Trends 2015

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This overview of tech agency Frog summs up nicely what tech is enabling – Currently I am working on food related projects so l am curious how “Eat Your Technologies” and “The Internet of Food Goes Online” will evolve in the next few years.
What trends do you think will have the most impact in our daily life?

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Case: Audi Urban Future Awards

What will mobility look like in the future? This is the core question of the Audi Urban Future Future awards. The event challenges worldwide transportation issues with a focus on infrastructure, urban development, individual user experience and auto mobility, neuroscientists, biologists, city planners, crowd sourcing experts and market researchers will work on entries that relate to specific current urban development projects. an international jury will present the winners of the ‘AUDI urban future award 2014′ in October.

Audi Urban Future Award 2014 – Kick-off from THE AUDI URBAN FUTURE INITIATIVE on Vimeo.

And my personal favorite, since it included not just cars but the peoples perspective as well.

Audi Urban Future Award 2014 – Project Berlin from THE AUDI URBAN FUTURE INITIATIVE on Vimeo.

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