Amsterdam – We’ve seen the future of spaces, and it’s made up of unexpected terms, from sensuousness to handshakes to legacy. From February 20-21, you will also have the chance to find out what we mean: we’ve put together a roster of industry innovators and forward-thinking brands to share their insights at our annual festival.
This year, we want to Explore the Next Space together: we are celebrating the value of the uncommon in an environment that is sometimes weighed down by fast-paced mimicry. At the event, which will take place at the Kromhouthal in Amsterdam, we’ll be presenting these topics grouped in four content tracks: Intuitive Tech, Full Circle, The Co-Economy and Club Me.
From co-working visionaries that are actually focusing on how to work less to a thoughtful deployment of big data that instead promises more human interaction, here’s the list of speakers, panels and talks for this year’s St-W Lab.
Interested in attending? You can secure your early-bird tickets , offered at a discounted fare until January 7; from then on, tickets will be available at the regular price.
CONTENT TRACK: INTUITIVE TECH
Spatial design hugely influences how we experience reality; combined with technology, entire new worlds can be formed. What challenges lie ahead for designers in integrating the digital and the physical?
[+] Virtually real: Augmenting spatial experience
Anita Fontaine and Geoffrey Lillemon, creative directors at Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam’s Department of New Realities
For Fontaine and Lillemon, VR and AR technologies are not a means of escaping into fantasy, but of offering a deeper understanding of our everyday experience. Here they outline the opportunity virtual space presents to enhance reality.
[+] The sensuousness of the screen
Anny Wang, co-founder of Wang & Söderström
As design leaves the physical realm, can it still appeal to the full range of human senses? Wang explains how her work challenges our preconceptions of the boundary between the material and the digital.
[+] Keeping in touch: The haptic horizon
Gijs Huisman, founder of House of Haptics
How do we assess the value of a hug or a handshake? Can physical interaction exist without physical presence? guides us through the latest developments in haptic technology and what they mean for spatial design.
[+] Uncommon interfaces
Hirotaka Tako, Head of Sony Creative Centre
The way we interact with technology in the home is often more procedural than poetic. Tako argues for a richer relationship with our digital devices, one based on gesture, emotion and intimacy.
CONTENT TRACK: FULL CIRCLE
Can design push beyond the boundaries of sustainability and achieve real social good? The circular economy is challenging designers and industry leaders to address issues affecting the entire supply chain. Will we be able to create and consume with a truly clear conscience?
[+] How to design a legacy
Humberto Campana, Founder, Instituto Campana
Crafting socially responsible products is hard enough, but how do you craft a socially responsible career? Campana discusses how his institute promotes change through design.
[+] Agents of change: The politics of space
Didier Fiúza Faustino, founder of Mésarchitecture
Can designers help dismantle societal prejudice? Faustino explains how his studio confounds our expectations of the way space should be organised and the role design can play in subverting inequality.