Winners of Dutch Design Awards 2019 Set New Design Standard

The NWO/SIA project “RE-source" (about circular design in urban space), in which Dr. Ginette Verstraete has teamed up with Design Academy, Studio Ester van de Wiel and the City of Rotterdam, won two awards at the Dutch Design Awards 2019 on 20 October: one as a research project in the Design Research category and one in the Young Designers category.

10/23/2019 | 11:57 AM

The winners of the Dutch Design Awards 2019 put the principles of ‘less but better’ into practice. Characterised by their pure approach, they research systems and develop a new set of design aesthetics as well as their own tools.
On Wednesday 12 June, the winners of the Dutch Design Awards 2019 were announced during a closed, celebratory Award Night. The work of all nominees can be admired at the retrospective exhibition during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven (19-27 October 2019), where the public will also cast its vote for the DDA Public Award 2019.
One of the winners of the DUTCH DESIGN AWARDS 2019 is:

Design Research

Scenarios and concepts based on thorough research. From speculative to applied, from research to design and from ideas to solutions, with an emphasis on the research phase.


RE-source is a research project that maps urban waste flows  so that they can be used as a source of circular thinking, practice and learning. RE-source analyses and provides insight into what the systems, locations and materials required for this purpose look like. At the same time, it designs strategies to convert these flows into a constant source of renewable resources. Using the network of the municipality of Rotterdam, RE-source seeks to gain insight into the methods behind designing, managing and maintaining outdoor space and the associated material flows. RE-source investigates which phases are distinguished, which routes are used and which human and non-human actors, such as locations, citizens and professionals, tools, vehicles, and distances, play a role.

RE-source represents collaboration at the highest level. The project has a richness that does justice to the complexity of the topic of circularity, encompassing both highly accessible street-level projects and academic solutions. RE-source is an almost classic example of thorough design research and sets itself apart by focusing all parties involved on acquiring knowledge of which materials the city has to offer and how they can be used and re-used in a circular manner. Extensive, high-quality research has resulted in a layered website, which deftly interweaves the wide variety of design languages, materials and experts. RE-source gives a playful twist to what is a complex theme, provides new design-through-research insights and incites other parties to act. RE-source is scalable and can therefore serve as a model for both large and small municipalities.


“RE-souce gives a playful spin to what is a complex theme. The project has a richness that does justice to the complexity of the topic of circularity. "