Reinier de Graaf is a Partner at the architecture firm OMA. He is responsible for buildings and projects in Europe, Russia and the Middle East. He also produced “The Image of Europe,” an exhibition that illustrates the history of the European Union. De Graaf is also a member of OMA’s research and design studio, which is responsible for sustainability projects and ideas. He is responsible for brand identity, design, sociology and energy research. Breaking boundaries in the architectural industry is often Reinier de Graaf’s goal. He criticizes the fixation on the historical center of the European city, and advocates the rehabilitation of prefabricated buildings.
With more than 100 national and international awards, Mario Lombardo is one of the most important designers and communication designers of the present age. His works are in the cultural context of music, fashion, photography, design, architecture, contemporary art and TV. Stylistically and disciplinary boundaries, he overcomes playfully and creates new connections between language, space, aesthetics, material and poetry.
(Portrait: © Gregor Hohenberg)
Maria Reimer has founded “Youth hacking” in order not to leave the technological and ethical training of young students to chance. The non-profit, award-winning support program for young people is now being used worldwide. The political scientist has researched the innovative capacity of the federal education system and works on behalf of Transparency International. In 2015 EDITION F chose Maria Reimer as one of the “25 women for the digital future”.
Animator and Film Director
The filmmaker Floris Kaayk shows with his crossmedial stories the technical progress in his works in an ambivalent way. His unorthodox kind of filmproduction gave him the award of the city of The Hague as a so called honorary ambassador of the “Creative City”. In 2016 he was awarded the Dutch Film Prize for his project “The Modular Body”. The Modular Body is an online science fiction story about OSCAR, a living organism that has been built from human cells.
Designer and Inventor
The product-designer Dave Hakkens intends to raise awareness of recycling and environmental awareness in the focus of the community. With “Precious Plastic”, his specially developed open-source project, he offers private people the opportunity to produce something completely new from plastic waste. This recycling machine can be manufactured with conventional tools and materials. The plan is available as a free download on his website. As early as 2013, Dave Hakkens gained broad media attention with the project “Phonebloks”. Here, too, the origin of the concept is the reduction of garbage – or less electronic waste. The smartphone can be assembled by oneself using a modular concept.