Here, there, everywhere.

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  • 30 June, 2014

Here, There, Everywhere is a book which was release May, 1st 2014. It features the work of Droog Lab over the past 4 years. With partners, consultants and designers, Droog Lab has explored many different locations worldwide in order to see how people live their lives there. Associated to the team, I had the opportunity to work on Droog al Arab, which is presented into that book.

topic: collaborative creation  I  location: Dubai

Many know Dubai has the tallest skyscrapers, the biggest malls, luxury cars, indoor skiing and fake coastlines. Driven by an ambition to be the best in the world, Dubai’s unprecedented growth has reached a ceiling. Promoting a life of excess in today’s financially and ecologically sensitive climate, can certainly make one unpopular. Inspired by Dubai’s level of ambition and ability to build new worlds, the Lab will explore a new model for future development, one characterized by social intelligence and collaborative creation.

An online hub for collaborative content creation and development has been envisioned by Jurgen Bey and Saskia van Drimmelen. On this platform, the leading designers can invite emerging designers, makers and other collaborators to contribute ideas and skills. The platform features a time bank—a place where time contributions are collected and traded, and a library—a place for supportive material that anyone can add to.
Proposals enter a catalogue that can be viewed by potential developers for realization. The platform brings together design, production and consumption, and can pop up anywhere in the world as an alternative pop up mall. Inspired by a closely knit family business model with new notions of hierarchy, this platform is about community thinking and its vast potential.

“A metaphor for Dubai’s future” – Mark Blaisse, Pilgrims

Director: Renny Ramakers, Droog
Local partner: Rami Farook, traffic
Leading designers: Jurgen Bey, Saskia van Drimmelen
Design team: Daphnée Lanternier, Emmeline de Mooij, Nadine Sterk
Local designers: Ahmad Angawi, Omran Al Owais
Consultants: Mark Blaisse, Stephan Propper, Peter Clercx
Lab: Agata Jaworska, content & project manager
Lab interns: Luís Nascimento, Daniela Dossi, Tom Merrell, Katrin Murbach, Libby Scarlett, Femke de Vries