The call for social and ecological recovery for everyone and everything.

In 2023, Pakhuis de Zwijger’s extensive program Designing Cities for All rebooted with a new subtheme. Designing Cities for All: RE-generation was launched, with support from the Creative Industries Fund NL. This program focuses on the role of design in (re)shaping and (re)creating regenerative cities by, for and with everyone and every living thing. The main question for the 2023/2024 program is:

How might we design for not just everyone, but for all living things?

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About Designing Cities for All: RE-generation

Designing Cities for All: RE-generation is a two-year research and presentation programme (2023/2024). After exploring the concept of exclusion by design in the first two years of Designing Cities for All, now, the project focuses on the field of regenerative design: the design of products, services, systems and processes that lead to social and ecological recovery and that keep the systems healthy. How might we design for not just everyone, but for all living things? DCFA: RE-generation is a combination of theoretical and practical knowledge generation, through live public programmes, desk research and interviews, excursions, the DCFA Student Book Club and a university tour.

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DCFA Essay Books
During the two years of the DCFA-programme we published essay bundles, which holds perspectives on designing cities for all. All authors are committed to creating cities of belonging, where everybody feels and is allowed to feel at home. These inspiring essays will help you understand how design is part of the problem, but also holds the key to the solution.
DCFA: RE-generation Kick-Off!

In the new series Designing Cities for All: RE-generation, DCFA delves into the subject of regenerative design during two years of creative, interactive, intersectional, participatory and practical programmes, and together with designers, professionals, students, storytellers, policymakers and other experts from many different disciplines.

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Watch the DCFA: RE-generation Kick-Off!
This first session, we introduce you to the first DCFA Fellow of the year and two regenerative creatives who are putting the theory into practice. Also, we touch upon the different themes and plans, and even briefly introduce the DCFA team itself. Most importantly, we asked our audience the question: what would you like DCFA: RE-generation to cover?
DCFA RE-generation: Amal Abbass
Amal Abbass is known as an independent social entrepreneur who specialises in concept development & social innovations. She joined us for the RE-gen kickoff and shared this presentation. Check out her incredible work:
Fellow #1: Sarah Ichioka on Regenerative Design

Environment, social justice, economy – it’s become clear that our dominant systems are broken. In her 3-month DCFA Fellowship series on Regenerative Design, Singapore-based urbanist, strategist, curator and writer Sarah Ichioka dives deeper into the possibilities for systemic change. What promising alternative systems and regenerative practices are already emerging around the world? Who are taking the first steps towards these essential changes? And what is the role of design?

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Watch the Regenerative Design livecasts:
In the Regenerative Design series, Sarah takes us along in her research on regenerative design and systemic change. How can we redesign the world towards social and ecological recovery?
More about DCFA Fellow Sarah Ichioka
Sarah Mineko Ichioka is an urbanist, strategist, curator and writer. She leads Desire Lines, a strategic consultancy for environmental, cultural, and social-impact initiatives and organizations. Her latest book, Flourish: Design Paradigms for Our Planetary Emergency, co-authored with Michael Pawlyn, proposes a bold set of regenerative design principles for addressing our compound environmental and social crises. In previous roles Sarah has explored the intersections of cities, society and ecology within leading international institutions of culture, policy and research, including as Director of The Architecture Foundation (UK) and Co-Director of the London Festival of Architecture (both from 2008-2014).
DCFA: RE-generation Specials

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DCFA Specials Advocates
The Designing Cities for All activities are organised together with designers, scientists, experts, educational institutes, and other parties. Next is an overview of experts that have been involved in the research and activities of these specials. For uncovering inclusive public spaces, making sense of belonging, and more about the booktalks it's worth following them on their social media!
Designing Cities For All (2021/2022)

In 2021/2022, Designing Cities for All (DCFA) explored the notion of exclusion by design – the conscious or unconscious exclusion of certain people, groups and other creatures through non-inclusive design. The role of design in the fields of Inclusion & Diversity, Architecture, Climate (Justice), (Digital) Democracy, Equity, Technology, (Health)care, Journalism, Participatory Design, Education and Decolonisation was mapped out and examined, together with an array of designers, artists, storytellers, policymakers, urban planners, scientists and other experts, including six DCFA Fellows.

One of the most important lessons gained during the 2021/2022 series is that to truly design ‘for all’, we have to widen our gaze beyond the human. Keeping systems afloat in which humankind can only thrive at the expense of other beings is just nor sustainable. Cities ‘for, by and with’ everyone are not enough – we need to aim for cities for, by and with all (living) things. Which is why in 2023/2024, DCFA is looking through the social and ecological lens of regenerative design.

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DCFA Essay Books
During the two years of the DCFA-programme we published essay bundles, which holds perspectives on designing cities for all. All authors are committed to creating cities of belonging, where everybody feels and is allowed to feel at home. These inspiring essays will help you understand how design is part of the problem, but also holds the key to the solution.