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Theme-based knowledge development

The Delft Design Labs support a theme-based integration of knowledge development and design innovation. The Labs combine scientific inquiry and design explorations for envisioning and materializing the future of technology and material culture. Faculty members, bachelor and students, PhD candidates, and a wide variety of societal partners collaborate in over 50 projects that range from developing technology for cardiology healthcare to the future of interactive museum experiences.

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Design for Societal Challenges

Lab participants endorse the value of open collaboration as a prerequisite for addressing today’s societal challenges. Within the diversity of themes and interests, they share the excitement for exploring the question how design and technology can foster the flourishing of individuals and communities. Projects function as a springboard for innovation and knowledge dissemination.

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Flexible consortium with a mission

Each lab operates as a flexible consortium of individuals, institutes, and companies that share an interest in a defined knowledge domain. The lab is managed by a Lab director, who is a principle investigator at the TU Delft. The Lab director is responsible for organising the conditions for fruitful collaborations. The Lab’s mission and research agenda is formulated in collaboration with the key partners. Lab partners can propose new projects and/or collaborate in existing projects.