EU Design Days 2017 - The Next Step

Location: MAD Brussels (Place du Nouveau Marché aux Grains 10, 1000 Brussels)
Event Date: 2017-09-19
Time: 14:00:00

Event Type:


Working Group:

Design & Creativity



Regions and cities across Europe are in transformation. This transformation is already driven by smart and social innovations, but how can we improve the practice by looking at the future?
EU Design Days is an initiative from ERRIN’s Design and Creativity Working Group.

For many of Europe’s cities and regions transformation through design and innovation are a top priority. Challenges like population-aging, sustainable energy, climate and mobility solutions that accommodate both growth and a liveable environment for citizens have become key domains for both research and investments. Over the course of the last 10 years our cities and regions have become “smarter”. Technology and data lay the basis for an infrastructure on which we can build solutions that provide answers to the challenges we are facing. But this new infrastructure also poses new challenges: privacy inflictions, technologisation of social issues, data deserts, and the confusion between means and goals.

In past years, this has led to a new awareness among practitioners. We want our cities and regions to face both the pressing challenges and to be socially, culturally and economically desirable place to live; and addressing these new challenges is key to building a sustainable practise.

EU Design Days 2017 brings together the practitioners, designers, researchers and policymakers of this transformation from smart region and city to smart society and explores what the next steps could be - in both the perspective of the smart and the social.

Going beyond the mere exchange of best practices, the EU Design Days 2017 aim much higher. This year’s event combines an innovative format with a collaborative organisational approach.
A close cooperation between the European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN), 15 committed ERRIN regions, Dutch Design Foundation (DDF), the Bureau of European Design Associations (BEDA), the city of Eindhoven, Brussels Fashion and Design Platform – MAD, Architempo and renown keynote speakers, has resulted in an innovative bottom-up format that aims to provide each participant with a valuable experience. Ultimately those impressions will nurture inspiration and stimulate innovation, which will then benefit the participants as well as their regions, institutions and businesses in the future.

Are you ready to share your experiences with design as a tool for innovation? Do you want to get inspired by innovative stories? Then take the next step and register for the EU Design Days 2017.