Do you want to showcase your distributed and regenerative design solution on the stage of Pakhuis de Zwijger? Respond to our open call and get your project noted, meet peers working on sustainable and social design and join us at the Dutch Design Week!

Toward a regenerative, distributive economy

Our society has inherited and is still mainly using linear, degenerative industrial systems. We take raw materials from the earth, make products, use them for a while and then discard them, losing the earth’s resources as waste. During these processes wealth and opportunity are driven into the hands of a few, resulting in a bigger wealth inequality.

In order to turn this around, we need an economy that is regenerative and distributive by design, as renegade economist and spiritual mother of donut economics Kate Raworth explains.

Open call for Distributed & Regenerative Design

Designers can play a crucial role in reaching such a new economy. As part of the European Distributed Design programme, Pakhuis de Zwijger launches an open call for those who take up Kate Raworth’s challenge and put distributed and regenerative design into action. We are looking for anybody, from designers to artists, researchers, architects, engineers, (tech)startups, students, makers, and others in the mutual quest towards a regenerative future. We will select at least six pioneers to showcase their designs on the Pakhuis de Zwijger stage and on our website and join us for network and workshop meetings, including an unlimited access ticket to the Dutch Design Week in October.

What are we looking for?

Design projects that take the following into account:

  • Distributed Design Principles: open source, transparency, allows for adaptation and/or customisation.
  • Regenerative Design Principles: circular, repairing, resilience, and social well-being.

Application process

Open for entriesMonday, September 5, 2022
Submissions Deadline → Friday, September 30, 2022

The selected programs will be shown on stage during our distributed design event on Friday, November 4, 2022.


This initiative is organised by Distributed Design – a project co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union – and Pakhuis de Zwijger. Distributed Design fosters the role of emerging Makers and Designers as part of our new digitised world. It celebrates, supports, and inspires these professionals from across Europe and provides opportunities to support the mobility and circulation of their work to connect them with new, digital markets.