The Green Design Competition could not exist if it was not for its partners, which amply share their time, insights and expertise on everything from financing to biodiversity, sustainability and design.
A sincere thank you to all of the following:
The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation: "The countryside provides us with food. Yet it is also a landscape. The natural world. And the basis of a green economy. The work of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (EZL&I) focuses on balancing these elements. And to do so we involve citizens, industry, social organisations and government. Together we provide healthy food while maintaining a respect for people, the environment and all of its living organisms. Respect for a diverse, thriving natural world and a splendid landscape that people will be able to enjoy both now and in the future. And respect for a strong agrarian economy that is internationally successful. We do that by stimulating innovation. And by providing financial support, steering, supervising and proposing regulations.
The motto of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation is therefore: 'Living off the land, caring for nature'."
Each year in October Dutch Design Week (DDW) is held in Eindhoven, a 9-day event presenting unparalleled ideas, individualistic works and insightful solutions devised by innovative designers. More than 1,500 designers display their work ranging from industrial design, spatial design, and graphic design to textiles, sustainable design and design management & trends. Design in all its disciplines and aspects. The participants include established bureaus, high-profile designers, talented newcomers, and recently graduated designers, one of the reasons why Dutch Design Week is the perfect meeting place for designers, companies, and public. Dutch Design Week, supported by the Eindhoven Design community, seeks to develop a stimulating and dynamic design climate in all cultural, social and economic domains in the region of Eindhoven. To that end, DDW organizes events, conferences, lectures and workshops based on three major dimensions: cultural stimulation, social cohesion and economic enhancement. The objective is to further improve the cultural, economic an professional climate of design in the Eindhoven region and to position Eindhoven nationally and internationally as Design Capital.
With the maturing of the creative industry, the influence designers have at a strategic level rises. With that, at the same time, their responsibility to take position in the field of sustainability increases. DDW initiated this competition because we believe that designers have the ability to co-create a more ecological economy.
Amsterdam Fashion Week (AFW) started in 2004 as an initiative to put Amsterdam on the map as a sparkling and internationally oriented destination for Fashion. Twice a year, Amsterdam Fashion Week forms the centre-point of the Dutch fashion world, with a full schedule of catwalk shows, trade fairs, presentations, lectures and parties.
The show programme is on invitation and for professionals only. AFW takes place at the former Gas Factories in Amsterdam's â€˜Westergas' area. Young and established designers show their collections on the Amsterdam catwalk. With the growing interest in â€˜Dutch Design', Amsterdam Fashion Week attracts a growing audience of directional international brands, buyers and press.
Answering to immense popular demand, Fashion Week DOWNTOWN consists of numerous public catwalk shows, parties, shop launches, lectures and expositions, all organized in collaboration with local museums, galleries, clubs and shops.
Focusing on Amsterdam's reputation as an inspiring city, the AFW programme combines commerce with creativity. Our city has a lot to offer: a growing pool of talent, an inspiring place to visit and a vibrant place to do business.
AFW has received international recognition for its initiatives towards strengthening the Dutch fashion industry, stimulating interdisciplinary collaborations and sustaining our planetâ€™s biodiversity. AFW is part of the Amsterdam Eco-cluster; a collective of sustainable businesses clustered by Amsterdam Innovation Motor. In July 2011 AFW was awarded the â€˜Best International Fashion Weekâ€™ Award by international sustainable lifestyle magazine Sublime.
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