WHY ‘CAMPFIRE’ SESSION?
D/DOCK believes that community design forms our new society. Whether it’s about buildings, areas or entire cities. But how do we shape community design? In recurring sessions (named ‘campfire’ sessions) we invite you to discuss topics like ecological, social and financial return and solutions to these urgent questions.
A campfire is a fire with a focal point for social activity. We translate it to a small interactive session with big impact.
Campfire Sessions – during FRAME Lab 19th and 20st February 2020
Topic: “Design vs Money”
D/DOCK organized a series of intimate campfire sessions during this FRAME festival, to discuss the difficultly the designers have with valuing their work.
session 1: It’s all about the money, the rest is conversation
Why do we try to pretend that design isn’t first and foremost a commercial business like every other?
session 2. Commercial designers cannot be true artists
Is a drive towards individual expression and auteurship compatible with truly serving client needs?
session 3. Awards can be bought with money or influence
Is it even possible to create an award that recognises the best design work, rather than the best connected designers?
session 4. A continuous drive to innovate is unhealthy
Is our industry’s emphasis on innovation simply a waste of time, energy and materials?
Impression of these sessions:
Campfire Session in Malmö, Sweden. November 11th 2019
Using real estate development as a tool for sustainable and social return.
The real estate industry impacts our world in many ways; creating the environment we live in, it’s one of the biggest industries in both capital value as turn-over, and it has a huge carbon footprint. Its culture and its business mentality are quite traditional, putting financial return first and often overlooking social and environmental consequences. But real estate development actually has a huge potential in addressing the large social and environmental problems we are facing.
The aim is to combine two industries: the industry of impact investing and the industry of real estate development. There are many hurdles to be taken, but let’s stop talking, and start doing. As such, this means: ACTION. We want to connect the dreamers with the realists and the progressives with the conservatives.
Mark Isitt – Moderator
Mark has a solid experience in the property industry as journalist and writer.
He has written about architecture and design since the 1980’s for both Swedish and international journals and he has been included in an anthology of Sweden’s best journalist. In 2008, he received the Spot City Prize for his articles on urban planning and segregation in the Gothenburg Post. He is also this year’s winner of the Swedish Architects’ Criticism Award.
Mark will make sure everybody participates in the debate.
Thomas van Leeuwen – Director-Partner D/DOCK – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Thomas is director-partner of the Amsterdam-based international design & development studio D/DOCK. Thomas’ passion is combining architecture with real estate and making a positive impact with that. He has a Bachelors degree in Architecture and a Masters degree in Real Estate & Housing, both from the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. In the past he worked at ING Real Estate (now CBRE Global Investors) as financier, developer and investor.
Tina Lindh – Property Developer at Kungsleden – Malmö, Sweden
Tina is a real estate developer who knocks over the traditional way of real estate developing by putting social and ecological return as priority number one. In 2018 Tina received an award by SGBC for her work with wellbeing, sustainability and equality in the real estate industry.
Henrik Storm Dyrssen – Sustainable finance/impact investment professional at Leksell Social Ventures – Stockholm, Sweden
Henrik has a background as a social entrepreneur and impact investor and has among other things built up Leksell Social Ventures and launched Sweden’s first social outcome contract in Norrköping. He is passionate about social innovation and sustainable finance.
Sustainability and communication strategist at Wingårdhs – Malmö, Sweden
Kajsa has worked over 15 years with society strategies, branding and marketing for projects focused on sustainable development, both within real estate, organizations and her own startups. She made the leap from dreaming to doing when she founded a fair trade clothing company which grew from nothing to business and production in over 10 countries.
Second Campfire session June 18th 2019
How can we offer investors in real estate a competitive financial return by putting social and ecological return first?
The real estate industry impacts our world in many ways; creating the environment we live in, it’s one of the biggest industries in both capital value as turn-over, and it has a huge carbon footprint. Its culture and its business mentality are quite traditional, putting financial return first and often overlooking social and environmental consequences.
Labels such as BREEAM and WELL are becoming very popular with investors, mainly because they increase rental income and building value. But what’s wrong with that?
Even better, this ‘triple-return’ effect has a great hidden potential; today we are at the dawn of a new era where social, environmental and financial return can further strengthen each other!
In this campfire session, we connect the dreamers with the realists and the progressives with the conservatives. This means: ACTION.
This session was part of WeMakeTheCity Festival
WeMakeTheCity is the festival that makes cities better. It’s for everyone who wants to make cities more livable, sustainable, just, climate proof, accessible and safe. This campfire session is part of the Beyond the Inner Circle program, which is about how to collaborate with all parties on sustainable building the metropolis without waste.
Dr. Frank Suurenbroek –Professor of Spatial Urban Transformation/ Lector Bouwtransformatie Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
Which challenges do we face in todays redesign of Amsterdams more deprived neighborhoods? What are the key attributes to make them future proof, sustainable – and still liveable and inclusive? And how to involve inhabitants in these planning processes, moving way beyond the community center?
Tina Lindh – Property Developer at Kungsleden – Malmö, Sweden
How a listed Swedish real estate developer knocks over the traditional way of real estate developing by making social, ecological and financial return equally important.
Els Boerhof – partner / co-founder Goodwell
Goodwell Investments is a pioneering investment firm focused on financial inclusion, fintech and inclusive growth in emerging markets. Els will speak about how impact investment could lead to social, ecological and financial return and how that connects to real estate development.
Robert van Ieperen – Partner Fakton
Robert will give us insights about the project ‘The Campus formerly known as De Koppeling’, which is an old youth prison next to AMc which Fakton is redeveloping. This project is all about the integration of social, ecological and financial return. Fakton wants to make meaningful contributions to creating resilient urban living environments and vital real estate organizations.
Susanne Heering – moderator – AT5 and Pakhuis de Zwijger
Don’t worry, Susanne makes sure everybody participates in this session
First Campfire session (April 4th, 2019 at Goede Doelen Loterijen) was about how to transform to social sustainability in a cooperative world.
Because these days, everybody can build a sustainable building or neighborhood. But is technology enough to ensure our future generations to meet their own needs? What can we do with a perfect energy neutral building if the society around it is not able to benefit, if peoples behavior and lifestyle are not matching these buildings? Governments, companies, developers, architects, designers and users have a big challenge to help an area, a city or a country to grow sustainably. How do ecological, social and financial goals relate to each other?
The session took 2,5 hours without a break, generated a lot of opinions and thoughts and launched the need to move on and take action.
Why do we call these sessions ‘Campfire’?
Because inspirators will guide us with their enthusiasm
Because everybody gets a stage
Because the discussion will flow like a fire
Because the group is small, but the outcome will be big
Questions? Please contact S.Smeets via email