Research Themes

The exhibition of Design United consists of five different research themes.  Each of these themes contains projects from the 4TU: TU Delft, TU Eindhoven, University of Twente, and Wageningen University & Research.  Here you can explore the different themes, their manifestations, and the associated researchers.

Global climate change. Artificial  intelligences. Disorienting new ideas about our physical environment, our data, our energy systems, and our biology. How will our human identity evolve in relation to radical new understandings? Have you considered your own position in this changing world, and what can be done?

Populations are rising and technologies are spreading; we navigate a changing urban fabric. Autonomous and intelligent infrastructures. Complex logistics networks. Dynamic social landscapes. How will new visions of the connected city impact our everyday lives?

We’re moving beyond our old ideas of sustainability into new ideas of constant regeneration. Vibrant ecosystems of creation. Advanced material processes. Continual reuse and repurposing of elements. How can our production methods incorporate ideas of renewal, restoration, and healthy growth?

Philosophers like to ask: what makes a good life? Reimagined healthcare systems. New visions of healing, beyond efficiency. Human-powered wholeness. It’s not just about traditional ideas of health, it’s about making sure that people are happy with their lives. How can we best support human flourishing and welfare?

We live in a visual culture, but remember that we also have our ears and our hands. Touch and sound. Presence and weight. Branching out from our visually overloaded domain into more visceral sensing and feeling. How can we design our connected world more holistically, with strong and enriching sensory experiences?

Critical Changes

These projects explore research paths supported by the following 4TU faculty:

Mathias Funk (TU/e), Lin-Lin Chen (TU/e), Matthias Rauterberg (TU/e), Loe Feijs (TU/e), Pieter Desmet (TU Delft), Deger Ozkaramanli (UTwente) 

Oh Crap I Gut my Future

Oh Crap I Gut my Future

Critical ChangesSam Kragtwijk, Clarissa Schmitt - TU/eOh Crap I Gut my Future Who are we in relation to our microbiome? This project is a speculative design emphasizing the great influence that gut flora can have on different aspects of human life. Oh Crap I Gut My...

Nuclear Sitdown

Nuclear Sitdown

Critical ChangesDesigner: David Claassen, Sem Lootsma - UTwente Stakeholder: COVRA Coaches: Deger Ozkaramanli, Bjorn de Koeijer  Nuclear Sitdown How can design open up complex conversations? The designers of this project were curious to investigate perceptions of the...

Designing Emotions That Last

Designing Emotions That Last

Critical ChangesDesigner: Deniz Söğütlü - TU Delft Coaches: Prof. Pieter Desmet (TUDelft) , Prof. Anna Meroni (Politecnico di Milano)   Designing Emotions That Last Can our emotional relationships with our products impact sustainability? This design research...

Peeking the Everyday: Peekaboo Camera

Peeking the Everyday: Peekaboo Camera

Critical ChangesDesigner: Yu-Ting Cheng - TU/e Coaches: Mathias Funk, Rung Huei Liang, Lin-Lin Chen Peeking the Everyday: Peekaboo Camera How can we design for the moving target of privacy? There is a tension in our lives between struggling against surveillance...

The Humane Datanome

The Humane Datanome

Critical ChangesDesigner: Rosa van Koningsbruggen - TU/e Coach: Loe Feijs The Humane Datanome Who are we in relation to our data? The historic Human Genome Project of fully sequencing human DNA was one of the most fundamental undertakings into understanding (and...

Evolving Cityscapes

These projects explore research paths supported by the following 4TU faculty: 

Dirk Snelders (TU Delft), Sjoerd van Dommelen (TU Delft), Pieter Desmet (TU Delft), Marise Schot (TU Delft), Tomasz Jaskiewicz (TU Delft), S.G. van de Geer (TU Delft), Mascha van der Voort (UTwente), Prof. dr. ir. Peter Paul Verbeek (UTwente)

HONE

HONE

Evolving CityscapesDesigner: Bobby Merlijn Adriaansens - TU Delft Coach: Ir. S.G. van de Geer, D.I. Brand Stakeholder: Braun cycling   HONE How can we include subjective factors in algorithmic design? In the competitive world of road race cycling, where winning may...

Blip: A Momentary Deviation

Blip: A Momentary Deviation

Evolving CityscapesDesigner: Tirza Izelaar, Hannah Goss, Ileana Diaz Couder Breceda - TU Delft Coach: Pieter Desmet, Marise Schot, Tomasz Jaskiewicz  Blip: A Momentary Deviation How can we enhance subjective well-being? We tend to move through our increasingly...

Autonomous Delivery Robot

Autonomous Delivery Robot

Evolving CityscapesDesigner: Nyckle Sijtsma - TU Delft Coach: Prof. dr. Dirk Snelders, ir. Sjoerd van Dommelen Autonomous Delivery Robot How will the city adapt to growing logistical strain? As retail continues to shift towards online shopping, increasing parcel...

Journalist of the Future City

Journalist of the Future City

Evolving CityscapesAnouk Geenen, Julieta Matos Castaño, Mascha van der Voort, Peter Paul Verbeek - UTwente Coaches: Michiel de Lange, Corelia Baibarac-Duignan Stakeholders: NWO project "Designing for controversies in responsible smart cities" (Gemeente Amersfoort,...

Circular Materiality

These projects explore research paths supported by the following 4TU faculty:

Kristina Andersen (TU/e), Kim Poldner (WUR), Saskia Bakker (TU/e) 

Myshell

Myshell

Circular MaterialityFabienne Crans - TU/e Coach: Kristina Andersen Stakeholders: Signify (3printed the polycarbonate prototype) - NYVIDD (for providing the fishleather) Myshell How do notions of product ownership impact the environment? Myshell is a personalized...

FlowerTextile

FlowerTextile

Circular MaterialityDesigner: Jessica Rijkers - WUR Coach:  Dr. Kim Poldner Stakeholders: Flower shop NATURALS FlowerTextile How can we reimagine the use of natural materials in production? The Netherlands is known worldwide for its ornamental cultivation of cut...

ECO Village

ECO Village

Circular MaterialityDesigner: Renee Noortman - TU/e Coach: Saskia Bakker Stakeholders: Lewis Just and Koert van Mensvoort (Next Nature Network)   ECO Village Can speculative scenarios help us gain empathy for future generations? The ECO Village project arose from a...

Marinero

Marinero

Circular MaterialityDesigner: Jef Montes - WUR Coach: dr. Kim Poldner Stakeholders: Studio Adaptive Skins, Re-FREAM Marinero How can we push the boundaries of radical slow fashion? Inspired by the complex entanglement of the sea and plastic pollution, the focus of...

tactileDress

tactileDress

Circular MaterialityDesigner: Danielle Martin, Zjenja Doubrovski, Dolores Hilhorst - TU DelftCoach: Dolores HilhorsttactileDress How can advanced fabrication methods become more nuanced? This project aims to investigate and improve the comfort of 3D printed materials....

Apple-based Material

Apple-based Material

Circular MaterialityDaniëlle Ooms - TU/e Coaches: CEST -squad coaches, Kristina Andersen Apple-based Material How can we develop a visual language of sustainability? This project began as a design research investigation into unsustainable fashion lifecycles and...

Fostering Well-Being

These projects explore research paths supported by the following 4TU faculty:

J.C. Diehl (TU Delft), T.E. Agbana (TU Delft), Pieter Desmet (TU Delft), Rebecca Price (TU Delft), Toon Huysmans (TU Delft), Johan Molenbroek (TU Delft), Dr. Marco Rozendaal (TU Delft), Prof. Catholijn Jonker (TU Delft), Miguel Bruns (TU/e), Erik van der Spek (TU/e), Joep Frens (TU/e), Lenneke Kuijer (TU/e), Robby van Delden (UTwente), Dennis Reidsma (UTwente), Geke Ludden (UTwente), Ruben Gouveia (UTwente) 

Positive White Cane

Positive White Cane

Fostering Well-BeingDesigner: Thijs te Velde - TU Delft Coaches: Pieter Desmet and Rebecca Price Stakeholders: Visio, Margot Scheltema. Positive White Cane How can we positively serve communities with different needs? Most products that visually impaired people use on...

Wearable Breathing Trainer

Wearable Breathing Trainer

Fostering Well-BeingDesigners: Geke Ludden, Lara Siering, Angelika Mader, Toms Bernhards, Hellen van Rees, Eliza Bottenberg, Boony Thio, Pascal Keijzer, Jean Driessen, Ben Bulsink - UTwente Stakeholders: Fashion Designer Hellen van Rees, MST, OCON, Saxion University...

BagSight

BagSight

Fostering Well-BeingEvert van Beek - TU Delft Coaches: Dr. Marco Rozendaal (TU Delft), Prof. Catholijn Jonker (TU Delft) and Prof. Pim Haselager (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen) BagSight How can products express guidance or intentions to us? Taking inspiration from...

Interactive Dining Table

Interactive Dining Table

Fostering Well-BeingCoaches: Juliet AM Haarman, Roelof AJ de Vries, Hermie HermensPartners: Personalized eHealth Technology program, Pride & Prejudice projectThanks to: Emiel Harmsen  Interactive Dining Table Can healthy behavior change cues be more subtle and...

OMNI

OMNI

Fostering Well-BeingDesigners: Michelle Sudjito, Anouk de Graaf, Connor Stork, Niels Kadijk, Sanne Metten, Anna van der Linden, Timo Petersen, Kai Ferdelman - UTwente Coaches: Robby van Delden, Dennis Reidsma OMNI How can we make play more fun and fair for users with...

Neru: Getting up Healthy

Neru: Getting up Healthy

Fostering Well-BeingDesigners: Lei Nelissen, Stijn Oude Lenferink, Axel van Boxtel - TU/e Coaches: Joep Frens (TU/e), Lenneke Kuijer (TU/e) Stakeholder: Geert Doorlag (Auping) Neru: Getting up Healthy How can tranquil feedback improve our health routines? Attention is...

UNFOLD

UNFOLD

Fostering Well-BeingDesigners: Tim Velthuis, Jelle van Dijk - UTwente Stakeholders: Karakter Centre for Child and Youth Psychiatry, Panton With thanks to: Jiska, all participants, Heddeke Snoek, Mieke Boon, Joris Swaak and Michelle Temminghoff. UNFOLD How can we use...

See My Wrist

See My Wrist

Fostering Well-BeingDesigners: Stella Boess, Lorenzo Romagnoli, Dolma Tsundu - TU DelftStakeholders: Christiaan Uythoven (DIO agency), Dr. Gerald Kraan (Reinier de Graaf hospital)See My Wrist How can we support long-term medical routines? Wrist instability is a...

Excelscope 2.0

Excelscope 2.0

Fostering Well-BeingDesigners: Francesco de Fazio, Krishna Thiruvengadam Rajagopal, Gerianne Boer, Jan Sebastian van Ackeren, Linde de Jonge, Julieta Bolanos Arriola - TU Delft Experts: Dr. Ir. J.C. Diehl (Design expert), Ir. T.E. Agbana (Optical expert), Dr. S....

Mouthfeel

Mouthfeel

Fostering Well-BeingMargarita Kuzina - TU/eCoach: Miguel Bruns Mouthfeel How can we support full sensory experiences for all? Dysphagia patients are people who have difficulty swallowing and may have to live on limited or liquid diets, losing the pleasure of...

SRFACE

SRFACE

Fostering Well-BeingTimon Staal - TU DelftCoaches: Toon Huysmans, Johan MolenbroekPartner: SRFACE SRFACE How do new technologies impact manufacturing processes? This project generated a new parametric approach for optimizing the fit and comfort of a wetsuit design...

V.R.E.E.

V.R.E.E.

Fostering Well-BeingCaro van Kessel - TU/eCoach: Erik van der SpekPartner: Movements Group V.R.E.E. Can VR environments help us implement real behavior change? The Virtual Reality Exercise Environment is an immersive exercise experience designed to stimulate extrinsic...

Rethinking Interaction

These projects explore research paths supported by the following 4TU faculty:

Miguel Bruns (TU/e), Berry Eggen (TU/e), Bart Hengeveld (TU/e), Mathias Funk (TU/e), Joep Frens (TU/e), Lenneke Kuijer (TU/e), Joep Elderman (BMD TU/e), Tomasz Jaskiewicz (TU Delft), Derek Lomas (TU Delft), Hartcher-O’Brien (TU Delft), Geke Ludden (UTwente)

EQO Radio

EQO Radio

Rethinking InteractionLisa de Vries - TU/e Coach: Berry Eggen EQO Radio How can we use sound to trigger personal reflection? The routine events of our everyday lives may feel mundane, but ultimately they are an expression of who we are as a person at that period of...

Sound of a Smart Home

Sound of a Smart Home

Rethinking InteractionEva van der Born - TU/e Coaches: Mathias Funk, Joep Frens, Lenneke Kuijer, Joep Elderman, Lars Hallnas, Will Odom Sound of a Smart Home Can we get a qualitative sense of our connected ecosystems? While smart devices and the data that they gather,...

Feel the Vibe: Vibroacoustic Sound Healing 2.0

Feel the Vibe: Vibroacoustic Sound Healing 2.0

Rethinking InteractionDesigners: Ariëla van Elteren, Daniel Hesselman, Thomas Imhoff, Leonie Remmerswaal, Janita Siriseth, Caiseal Beardow, Willem van der Maden, Dan Shor, Linda Plaude, Martin Havranek, Jess Harcher-O'Brien - TU Delft Coaches: Tomasz Jaskiewics, Derek...

GazeDisplay

GazeDisplay

Rethinking InteractionDesigner: Christian Sivertsen - TU/e Coach: Bart Hengeveld Stakeholder: No Isolation  GazeDisplay How can we add subtle social cues back into technology? Communication technologies should support human expression, and in the case of video calls...

Feedforward

Feedforward

Rethinking InteractionDesigner: Haoyu Dong - TU/e Coaches: Miguel Bruns FeedforwardWhat happens as our interactions “disappear? Due to the minimal physical presence of microcontrollers, sensors, and actuators, interactive devices are increasingly “disappearing” into a...