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Dutch design concepts featured in Taipei exhibition (update)

2012/12/04 22:21:40

Taipei, Dec. 4 (CNA) A Dutch design exhibition featuring the integration between humanity and technology opened Tuesday in Taipei, with organizers expressing hope that the event will spark interest in the field among the public.

The aspects of Dutch creativity that emphasize people's needs could offer chances for brainstorming between foreign and local designers, who have different design traditions, said the Taiwan Design Center.

According to the center, the exhibition, titled "Made In Brainport," introduces the operation of knowledge-based economy in the Dutch city of Eindhoven, which is recognized by the Intelligent Community Forum as a top technology breeding ground for innovation.

The project also showcases how the city's top sectors, including high technology and interior design, have helped develop value-added products to improve quality of life for its citizens, the center said.

The traveling exhibition, which has visited cities such as Istanbul and Munich, will run through Feb. 17 at the Taiwan Design Museum in Taipei.

Speaking at a forum on the sidelines of the exhibition, Eindhoven Vice Mayor Mary-Ann Schreurs said true design projects must be able to cater to the needs of all walks of life and respond to those needs with respect.

"Design is about the needs of people and society," added Anne Mieke Eggenkamp, executive board chairwoman of the Design Academy Eindhoven, one of the world's most prestigious design schools.

It is therefore crucial for designers to build empathy toward others through various means such as continuing to challenge themselves about the meaning of life, exploring new knowledge areas, and daring to take risks to effect change.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)