For a week this past October, the population of Eindhoven, Netherlands, more than doubled as nearly 300,000 visitors flocked to the mid-size city for the 15th annual Dutch Design Week. But the quiet manufacturing town—home to the legendary Design Academy Eindhoven and a burgeoning class of emerging and established talents—hasn't always been a place to write home about.
"Eindhoven was a sad city that no one wanted to stay in," remembers designer Piet Hein Eek, who went against the grain and set up shop there after graduating from Design Academy in 1990.Read more
This year’s Dutch Design Week in the city of Eindhoven was called Stretch, and it encouraged its participants to stretch their design practices to the edges of what is possible, open themselves up to new perspectives, and collaborate with others. It certainly delivered on the theme with 110 venues and over 600 exhibitions, tours, and presentations celebrating both established designers and emerging talent (the Design Academy Eindhoven’s graduate show alone filled three huge floors with almost 200 works). The focus was on ideas, solutions, innovations, and some very clever collaborations between historic brands and young designers.Read more
A town called Gemert in the Netherlands just became home to the first 3D-printed cycling bridge ever. It took its creators at Eindhoven University three months and 800 layers to complete the 26-foot-long bridge, but now it's open and ready to support hundreds of cyclists a day. The researchers had to develop a new 3D printing technique that uses steel reinforcement cables to create pre-stressed concrete. Once they were done laying out all its layers, they tested the bridge by placing a five-ton weight on top of it. Their efforts paid off: while they'll surely improve the method even more, they believe they're now capable of using the technique to build even bigger structures.Read more
Eindhoven in the South of the Netherlands, is to roll out 25 interactive kiosks to help residents, visitors, business and local government engage with the city.
It will be the first deployment of Citybeacon’s smart city platforms in collaboration with Zytronic Displays, a provider of durable projected capacitive technology touch sensors, and OCP Solutions, a developer of public outdoor communication products.Read more
Dezeen promotion: an exhibition of Design Academy Eindhoven graduates, Dezeen's Good Design for a Bad World talks progamme, and a robot research centre are among the 600 events taking place during this year's Dutch Design Week.
Dezeen is media partner for Dutch Design Week, which takes place from 21 to 29 October 2017 in Eindhoven.
The city is home to one of the most famous design schools in the world, Design Academy Eindhoven, so the week-long festival brings together a wealth of promising young designers.Read more
DarioHealth Joins Philips-backed Innovation Hub HighTechXL to Empower More Diabetes Patients to Analyze and Personalize Their Treatment
CAESAREA, Israel and EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- DarioHealth Corp. (NASDAQ: DRIO), a smart diabetes solution, and HighTechXL, a corporate-backed accelerator based in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, announce their strategic collaboration to bring personalized healthcare management to diabetes and pre-diabetes patients around the world.
Backed by an alliance of corporations and regional organizations, including Philips, the HighTechXL Acceleration program selected DarioHealth because of its strong management team, innovative business model, and smart solutions for diabetes management.Read more
In Melbourne, an application called “Ask Izzy” provides the homeless with daily, on-demand updates on the locations where food, accommodations and social services may be accessed for free or at huge discounts. The application is well received because it keeps the information it receives from the homeless population strictly personal and confidential through use of smartphones, which over 75% of Melbourne’s homeless population have access to. Access to the Internet is highly affordable since they use the free Wi-Fi available in the central area and access free commercially promoted chargers. Many of their smartphones come through donations and as recycled models that can access the Ask Izzy site. Coupled with this site is another online application called “Go Digi” that helps homeless and unemployed Australians to learn how to use the Internet and develop digital skills, access information, mentors and other resources. In order to rise out of perpetual homelessness and poverty, Go Digi attempts to support the urban poor with options for self-improvement, especially to bridge the digital divide. Through mentorship and encouragement, people can seek opportunities to develop digital skills and identify opportunities for employment and housing, all the while creating a sense of self-worth.Read more
In 2010 I was invited to visit Eindhoven in The Netherlands. My accommodations for the visit was to stay in their new Smart Home developed with Phillips and other Dutch technologies. It was explained to me that I was the first tenant of this new, unique smart house and the data generated from my visit would help researchers in exploring the convergence of computing, communications and their new products in a unique residential environment. I would be a test case experiencing all levels of the new ubiquitous technologies in terms of tele-working, distance healthcare, tele-communicating, distance education, tele-shopping and entertaining in this unique residential ecosystem. The demonstration site would also generate data and reports during my visit, especially from an independent living perspective, with distance care-givers monitoring my health and activities while in the smart home. I would be monitored on how I coped with the smart home’s automation, communications, entertainment, education, health and security systems. Despite the many changes in technology since then, these are still the same key areas that smart houses would likely offer its tenants, today and into the future.Read more
The Dutch city of Eindhoven just selected MVRDV and SDK Vastgoed (VolkerWessels) to create Nieuw Bergen – a super green block of homes and businesses topped with living roofs and solar panels. Located in the inner city area around Deken van Someren Street, the project’s seven buildings will comprise 240 new homes, 1,700 square meters of commercial space, 270 square meters of urban farming, and underground parking.Read more
Eindhoven’s economy grew faster than those in the four largest Dutch cities – Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht – in 2016.
The national statistics service CBS found that industry contributed heavily to Eindhoven’s growth which it put at 3.6% of GDP. Gross value-added exceeded €13bn for the first time, a 3.5% increase over 2015.Read more