In this special episode of ‘Designing Cities for All’, we delve into the neuro-inclusive theory of ‘designer by default’, which challenges traditional notions of design and creativity. Originating from lived neurodivergent experiences, the panel participants will debate on the theory and showcase concrete examples of their work that utilized a designer by default methodology. This event is designed purposely to meet various sensory needs and cater to diverse brains. Join us as we explore how embracing neurodiversity in design can lead to more innovative and inclusive environments for all.

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About the speakers

François Chambard is a designer and maker. In 2004 he started UM Project (Users & Makers) at the crossroads of function and fiction for the work of a single designer/maker, yielding projects and objects, experiments and unusual goods. Recently the practice has evolved, giving birth to Unblock. Space, to encourage the work of many, colliding human technology and the spirit of things, with a particular interest in neurodiversity and its positive impact on the design process.

Laura Stachon is an interdisciplinary Designer from Germany currently living in the Netherlands. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Jewelry Design from the Faculty of Design, Pforzheim Germany and a Master’s degree in Contextual Design from the Design Academy Eindhoven, Netherlands. In her current design practice, which intersects psychology, architecture, and sensory experience, she is captivated by the influence public spaces wield over our mood and self-esteem. Her research delves into personal experiences within high-pressure and competitive environments, such as school and work. Through her Master’s graduation project ‘Walls That Match My Mood,’ she aims to explore how these environments could transform when approaching from a shy and neurodiverse point of view.

Valentine Langlais is a French designer who graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven with a technical education in Textile Design. With her personal style, she looks at the world around her with curiosity and care. Alongside her creative process, her work can take many forms from films to textile sculptures but always with a particular focus on colors and materiality. She graduated with a neurodiversity-oriented project that was fantasizing on creating a shopping/making experience curated by and for neurodivergent people. Along those lines, she recently started intervening in schools with groups of children bringing them a better sense of self and empathy through the practice of art and design.
Oskar Zulauf is a design student and maker from Berlin currently studying at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Before diving into his bachelor’s degree, Oskar dabbled in various crafts, including woodworking, blacksmithing, and jewellery making, shaping a diverse skill set that defines his design approach. Next to his hands-on experience, his design philosophy is deeply influenced by his neurodiversity.
Stijn Op de Macks is a Dutch electrician who likes to make design in his mind and build it. Born and raised in Eindhoven, he has been a hobby DJ since 2015 under the name DJ TRAXX, nowadays mixing on YouTube under the channel DJ TRAXX EHV. Trains were an interest from when he was 5 years old and had been extended over the years with interest in all sorts of technology. Since early 2010 He has been making designs in the shape of furniture and later lamps USB chargers and so on.

About Designing Cities for All: RE generation

Over the past two years of Designing Cities for All (DCFA) we’ve learned about exclusion by design and the (re)-design of inclusive cities. Along the journey, a certain question kept popping up: what exactly does ‘for all’ entail? After focusing mostly on the ‘who’ over the past two years, DCFA is rebooting as Designing Cities for All: RE-generation . This time around, the series is also incorporating the ‘what’ by looking through the fresh lens of regenerative design . This emerging field might very well be a promising answer to the challenges of our time, as it focuses on the (re)-design of products, services, and ecological recovery that keeps the systems healthy.

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How can designers contribute to the creation of inclusive cities for, and by everyone?