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:
DCFA Advocates
Apart from the efforts of the Fellows, all DCFA activities are organised together with designers, scientists, experts, educational institutes, and other parties. Here you'll find an overview of the creatives and other experts that have been involved in this part of the research and activities.
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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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.
DCFA Advocates
Apart from the efforts of the Fellows, all DCFA activities are organised together with designers, scientists, experts, educational institutes, and other parties. Here you'll find an overview of the creatives and other experts that have been involved in this part of the research and activities.
Jayati Ghosh
Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts & Co-author 'Earth for All'
Robert Gilman
Astrophysicist & President Context Institute
Yukiko Nezu
Architect & Founder of Urbanberry Design
Thieu Besselink
Lecturer Regenerative Cities Programme at Utrecht University & Co-founding Director Townmaking Institute
Lisa Best
PhD Candidate Wageningen University & Research
Nick Demeris
Singer & Facilitator of community building through music
Hakim El Amrani
Biophilic spatial designer, Studio NousNous
Lyla June
Indigenous musician, scholar, and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages
Willem Koning
Schrijver, kunstenaar en mede-oprichter Stichting K’makah
Juliana Perrone Celotti
Architect & researcher 'United Indigenous Nation' project
Teresa van Twuijver
Designer, artist, journalist, researcher, storyteller & founder 'Indigenous Dutch'
Tatsuyoshi Saijo
Head, Research Institute for Future Design at Kochi University of Technology
Ella Saltmarshe
Co-founder of The Long Time Project
Jessica Wawoe
Founder of the Tribal Wisdom Foundation
Jeroen Timmer
Designer & Tinkerer
Tara Gbolade
Director at Gbolade Design Studio
Angelina Kumar
Collaborative Artist, Founder & Social Entrepreneur
Marc O’Brien
Climate Designer, Strategist & Design Educator
Victoria McKenzie
Academic-activist & Founder Radical Research & Re-storying Agency (RRA)
Maaike Boumans
Host, Trainer & Poet
Quint Verschuren
Marian Stuiver
Head of Programme Green Cities at Wageningen University and Research & Author of 'The Symbiotic City'
Selçuk Balamir
Just transition researcher & Eco-social design educator
Juneal Holder
Artist and Energy Transmuter
More about: Regenerative design practices
How can designers implement regeneration in their practices? To create a more ecocentric future that is inclusive to all living beings, designers need to rethink their principles and engage with questions about the planet's well-being.
Fellow #2: Roberto Rocco on In Common

In this Designing Cities for All: RE-generation series In Common, DCFA Fellow Roberto Rocco (spatial planner and researcher at TU Delft) delves into the concept of ’the commons’ as a tool for re-generation from three dimensions: social, economic, and environmental. How can we learn to understand how they are intertwined and indissociable? And how do we use this knowledge to reshape our relationship with the planet, through bottom-up collective initiatives, joint responsibility, collective care, and action?

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Watch the In Common livecasts:
In this series, Roberto Rocco dives into the practice of commoning as a means to heal and rethink the relationship between the planet and all living beings. How can we include all stakeholders and work together with the resources we have?
More about DCFA Fellow Roberto Rocco
Roberto Rocco is an Associate Professor of Spatial Planning and Strategy at the Department of Urbanism (TU Delft). He is a specialist in governance for the built environment. This includes issues of spatial justice and social sustainability as crucial dimensions of sustainability transitions. He also leads the discussion on diversity and inclusion at the faculty he works for and he is one of the people behind A Manifesto for the Just City .
DCFA: RE-generation Specials

Outside of our fellowship programmes, we organise evenings with speakers who have a message to share about how they understand inclusive and regenerative design.

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Watch our Specials:
What other people, activities, and narratives are out there that put Design for ALL at their core?
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.