Designers in Residence Kortrijk 2021

Designregio Kortrijk is looking for 3 highly motivated and recently graduated designer-makers or creative artists to join in a regional residency program in Kortrijk, Belgium. The Designers in Residence Kortrijk program is a 3-month full time working residency from October 2021 to January 2022.

This year’s theme is: THE FUTURE OF URBAN NATUREUrban and Nature are often depicted as a dichotomy as if they are two opposites, one excluding the other. A mid-sized city such as Kortrijk has a high percentage of open spaces in its city center. We ask to the Designers in Residence 2021 to deepen our understanding of the relation Urban Nature in the City of Kortrijk. Can this be interpreted as a co-existence? Can it be made operational to tackle the major challenges cities are facing? What interventions and projects can result out of this interpretation? Or is Nature in the end a man-made construct that needs to be rethought?

Designers in Residence Kortrijk is an initiative of Designregio Kortrijk, platform for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship for the region Kortrijk in Belgium. A region part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) that breaths design thinking, visible through its design education, creative making industry, international events and inspiring public space.

The profile of the designers must correspond to the following criteria:

  1. recently graduated (minimum level: master or equal by experience)
  2. team player
  3. manual skills (conceptual, handy, production, fabrication)
  4. an international outlook.

Designregio Kortrijk provides for the selected designers:

  • accomodation
  • montly fee
  • usage of BUDA::lab Open Makerspace
  • experts in several domains and support of Designregio Kortrijk
  • one-time travel expenses.

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