foundation we are
foundation we are
Our mission is to promote, practice and research interdisciplinary design and collaborations. We see that our society is facing and experiencing a range of transitions, relating to our systems of governance, media culture, civic society, technology and environmental resilience. We want to help make these transitions just, aesthetic, democratic and inclusive. We see that designers can contribute to that when they work alongside societal experts.
This is why the foundation develops cross-practice incubators, exhibitions, events and educational programs. We do this on our own initiative or on commission by societal and cultural organizations, with and for whom we develop, invent and test alternative research and design approaches. Within all of its projects, exhibitions, initiatives and programs, Foundation We Are connects designers with those experts and enables them to exchange knowledge, experiences and stories. This exchange lays the groundworks for a design process that enables us to approach issues from different perspectives and the design of needed alternatives within societal challenges.
initiate design projects
We have defined five thematic scopes, in which we believe design can play a meaningful role. The scopes give structure to the Foundation’s work and initiatives, in the areas on which it aims to make impact.
These are: Civic Society, Cultures of Information, Systems of Governance, Justice in the Anthropocene and ethics of Technology.
the village community
In January 2023, Foundation We Are moved to its new 600 m2 headquarters in Strijp-S, in what used to be the home of Yksi Expo. A place we are happy to take on as our new home and to share with socially engaged designers and experts. At the core is the Village, where the members of the village community have their studio’s and desks.
Are you looking for a studio space? Take a look at our services page to find out more about the possibilities.
Our headquarters have always functioned as an open space, for socially engaged designers and societal experts to meet, collaborate and share their work with the public. From September, 2023 we will start again with our regular program of events. To know the up-to-date program, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter. Are you looking for a space to rent for an event, exhibition or a meeting? Take a look at our services page to find out more about the possibilities.
We believe that everyone has something valuable to contribute and we want to provide a space where you can share your talents and collaborate with others to make a difference. Having always built on the values of collaboration, inclusivity and social consciousness, we believe that by bringing individuals together opportunities will arise. Through collaboration we can create a powerful force for change.
The village space facilitates a variety of resources and offers room for activities to help creatives develop their skills and connect with like-minded individuals. We are excited to build this community and empower our members to use their creative talents to make a positive impact on the world.
board of we are
friends, sponsors and collaborators
we are part of
New European Bauhaus
United Creatives Eindhoven
we work with
- Foundation Justice & Peace/Shelter City
- Free press unlimited
- Fontys Academy of Architecture & Urbanism Tilburg
- Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken
- Social Design Showdown
- Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid
- Koninklijke Bibliotheek
- Dutch Design Foundation
- Stichting Pakhuis de Zwijger
- The Dutch Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)
- The Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI)
- Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving (PBL)
- TU Eindhoven
- University Utrecht