During the summer of 2014, we were discussing the possibility of social design in the neighbourhood with the municipality of Eindhoven, social housing company Woonbedrijf and care organisation Vitalis Berckelhof. Encouraged by their interest we took the initiative and proposed an event in Doornakkers for Dutch Design Week 2014. Working closely with project manager Sylvia van Aggel of Vitalis Berckelhof we planned, prepared and raised funds for Social&: the first social design exhibition in Doornakkers.
A full nine-day event during DDW 2014, Social& took place in the communal space of Vitalis Berckelhof, a living and care institution for senior citizens in Doornakkers. It offered a variety of exhibitions, workshops and discussions by over twenty individual and group participants. Young and old shared knowledge and expertise and worked together on new ideas. By presenting both design projects and local creative projects side by side, Social& was a refreshing and timely event that emphasised the strength of citizen participation.