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Designers in Residence Kortrijk 2020

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In challenging times we need inspiration for the future.

Designregio Kortrijk is looking for 3 highly motivated and recently graduated designer-makers or creative artists to join in a regional residency program in Kortrijk, Belgium.
The Designers in Residence Kortrijk program is a 3-month full time working residency from October 2020 to January 2021.

Designregio Kortrijk provides for the selected Designers in Residence Kortrijk:

  • accommodation
  • monthly fee (400 €/month)
  • usage of Budalab Open Makerspace
  • experts in several domains and support of Designregio Kortrijk
  • one-time travel expenses

This year's theme is: The future of urban leisure

The urban experience in general and urban leisure in particular are rapidly changing. Cities worldwide are investing heavily in the attractivity​ of the city centre. Car free pedestrian zones, festivities, artistic interventions, shopping experiences,…in short urban leisure, are the recipes that are implemented worldwide. More and more we witness an uniformisation of urban life on a global scale. High street in London, New York or Sydney finds its origin in the same conceptual frameworks (and is often designed by the same offices). Also the city of Kortrijk has for years followed this path. The high street has been redone, a shopping mall was realised, pedestrians and bicycles are given more space, the yearly fairs and festivities attract more and more people.

But once the visitors and shoppers are gone, that vibrant place where people used to live, work, or meet becomes empty. Over a few decades the urban, no longer in need of density and proximity, has dissolved in the land leaving behind the city only as a place for consumption. More recently also this consumption has started to fade. In search for ever new experiences, consumers are turning away from the ‘old’ city centre to an extend that we witness an enormous increase in the vacancy of commercial real estate.
It has become clear that the idea of ever continuing growth is redundant. Cities are in need to reconsider their strategies of urban leisure to start cooping the vacancies in their centres. But what to do? How to redevelop empty shops? And towards what? Can we implement strategies that no longer solely consider the city as a place of consumption but generates a living and working environment? What are conditions to do so? How to provide attractive conditions for the urbanites? Can abandoned shops play a key-role in this? And what is the future of urban leisure?

This edition of the Designers in Residence tackles a broad topic and invites to reflect on the future urban condition. At the same time we are looking for small scale interventions, prototypes and experiment. To support this, we will provide a living lab condition in existing but empty buildings and shops in the city centre.

Find all practical information here.