Experiences

“What do you do on the Field School?”, is answered in this section. But through the lens of the student and the program experiences, not projects and study. That is covered elsewhere on this site. DutchDesign spends five weeks in the Netherlands in spring and the learning is deeply experiential. When matched up with research and analytical approaches, profound connections can be made for the learner and for the DutchDesign project. We believe that the student cannot understand contemporary design in the Netherlands without understanding how the culture works and has been working as its own “legacy project” for hundreds of years. For example, it is possible through understanding how the Dutch “polder model” works to see how the Dutch people have adjusted to a landscape of constraint to find opportunity and a unique approach to trading and exchange. The openness of the Dutch to the outside world can be seen in how designed objects seek to hide nothing and communicate without artifice. The cities of the Netherlands are opportunities to see how a “designed society” can offer freedom and yet also systems that work, for all.