DESIGN AWARD ‘Made for Maastricht’

Designday organises the Design Award’ Made for Maastricht’ in collaboration with MAFAD (Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design) and the municipality of Maastricht. This annual competition has been made available by the city of Maastricht, and fits in with the economic vision’ Made in Maastricht’: the ambition to offer the creative manufacturing industry in the city new impulses. The design question for this competition focuses eacht time on the urban environment of Maastricht:’ the urban environment; a biotope in development’. Within this overarching theme, professional designers/makers are challenged to come up with innovative and aesthetic solutions for changing problems.

Designday is an inspiring and connecting platform for designers and clients in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, a community for design lovers. Designday organises an annual three-day design event in Maastricht for (inter)national designers who create independent and accessible designs. Designday believes in design that combines originality, craftsmanship, sustainability and common sense.

Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design (MAFAD) holds the Fine Arts & Design bachelor’s programs and the POLIS Master’s program. Within the MAFAD training courses, the application of innovative materials and techniques in combination with’ the craft’ plays an important role.

The City of Maastricht expressed in its Economic Vision 2020 Made in Maastricht’, the ambition to develop a strong creative manufacturing industry in Maastricht, with a good business climate for creative entrepreneurs.


The theme

The city is changing rapidly. More people than ever before live in an urban environment. Modern citizens are demanding: they want to have all kinds of facilities at their fingertips, they think privacy is self-evident in their living environment, and both mobility and accessibility are high on the agenda.
Maastricht has already put a great deal of effort into mobility and accessibility, and has had a number of major infrastructural works executed in recent years. The’ Green Ribbon’ – the twin tunnel in the A2 section – is almost finished, the Noorderbrug (bridge) was shifted for east-west traffic, and the underground bicycle parking facility was constructed at the NS station.

But also on a smaller scale, there is still a great deal to be gained in terms of quality of life in the urban environment. For example, litter and dog faeces is a thorn in the eye for many citizens and governments, and cleaning up the city is expensive. Designers can aid in this situation.


The assignment:

Design an interactive public space object to prevent/solve the problem of litter and dog excrement in a positive way.

These features could be practical (sitting), social (encounters, playing), educational (history, nature, culture), biological (ecology/sustanability) and/or recreative (sports).

Litter and dog faeces both cause a lot of annoyance. Winding packaging, in parks, on squares, dog excrement on the pavement; these seem to be ineradicable problems in the urban environment. But that is not the only thing: mentality, a passive attitude also plays a role. People are annoyed, complain about the waste but just walk by without taking action. Dog owners are rarely held accountable for not cleaning up their dog’s faeces.

The Design Award’ Made in Maastricht’ offers the same challenge to all designers:
Design an interactive public space object to prevent/solve the problem of litter and dog excrement in a positive way.
A design that responds to the awareness of the public, and sets (young) people in motion in a playful, competitive, interactive and accessible way; a design that can eventually effectuate about a change in behaviour.

An inspiring example of a design on the problem of litter is ‘De Afvalbank‘. Wouter Vastenouw graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2016 with this design.

Additional design requirements:
> multi-purpose deployment in different locations
> sustainable in material use
> the design must be vandalism-proof
> the design must comply with the applicable safety,



Any professional designer/creator from The Netherlands and abroad can participate in this competition. Also (temporary) collectives can compete.

Five nominees will be selected from all entries. The nominated designs are jointly presented at Designday #13. The organisation of Designday takes care of this presentation. In addition every nominee is invited to the opening dinner of Designday on Friday 25 May 2018.
The nominees will be announced in week 18 of 2018.
You can submit your application until 20 April 2018 (week 16), by sending an e-mail to info@designday.nl o. v. v’ DESIGN AWARD Made for Maastricht 2018′.
The winner will be announced during the opening of the 13th edition of Designday on 25 May 2018.




In the weeks prior to the Designday event, the designs of the nominees are put in the spotlight. They are shown in an exhibition in a pop-up box in the city centre. (week 18 & 19)


The award

The prize consists of an amount of € 5,000 to be spent on the development of the submitted proposal: a concrete and detailed draft, an underlying budget, and offers from any external parties. The city of Maastricht will seek out an external party to finance the implementation phase.



The communication for this competition (press releases, newsletters, website, social media), the announcement of the nominees and of the winner goes through the channels of the municipality of Maastricht, Designday and MAFAD.
A representative of Maastricht municipality will announce the winner on the opening night of Designday #13.


Terms and Conditions

article 1 OBJECTIVE
This award is a collaboration between Designday, MAFAD and the municipality of Maastricht. The purpose of this competition is to revalue craftsmanship, craftsmanship and the design profession.

Every (inter)national design professional can compete for this award.
Professional is defined as:
> having at least an applied sciences degree in the field of design.
> working as a designer in your own business
Designs can also be submitted by (temporary) collaborations between designers. The criteria of professionality aoply to each of the members of the collaboration.

article 3 SUBMISSION
You can enter this competition until 20 April 2018.
Submissions should be addressed to the organisation of Designday: info@designday.nl
Kasteel Neubourgweg 40
6222 SG Maastricht
for ‘DESIGN AWARD Made for Maastricht 2018’.
Submissions will be screened in the first instance against the criteria set out in Article 2. After screening, the entries will be registered as participating in this competition.
If an entry deviates from the criteria for participation, it will be left out of further assessment.


article 4 THE DESIGN
> The design must be original, is not allowed to have been executed earlier on and is not yet available on the market.
> The design must be sustainable.
> The design must meet the assignment requirements.

The design can be submitted in different ways
> A technical drawing with different views
> A (scale) model
> A movie
> A digital presentation

Digital presentations can be submitted on a USB stick, through WEtransfer, or through cloud services like Dropbox or Google Drive.

Every design needs to be accompanied by an explanatory text of 500 words maximum.
This text should include:
> Contact information: name, address, website, email address, phone number(s)
> Bank information of the designer: IBAN and BIC
> VAT number

Every part of the submission must feature name and address of the designer.

article 6 JUDGING
The jury consists of the following five parties:
> Chequita Nahar, Director of MAFAD (Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts & Design)
> Saskia van Stein, Director of the Office Europe
> Marieke Kluiters, urban designer Maastricht Municipality of Maastricht
> Katja Lucas, Dutch Design week
> René Holten, industrial product designerThe following criteria are taken into account:
> the design must comply with the assignment.
> originality (not previously executed and not on the market)
> sustainability
> artisticity
> craftmanship: The design combines good design and good use of technology and materials.

The decision of the jury is binding. Correspondance on the decision is not possible.

article 7 PRICE MONEY
The winner of the award receives € 5000,-.
This amound needs to be spent on further development of the design, including an underlying budget. The execution of the design needs to be realised within 12 months after the award is won. The design will be shown on Designday #14 in 2019.

8.1 The intellectual property rights and the resulting rights to the design rest with the submitter. The submitter guarantees that his or her design is his or her own creation, which does not infringe any right of a third party.
8.2 By participating in this competition, the submitter irrevocably grants Designday, MAFAD and the city of Maastricht the right to publish his or her design, without prior consultation with the participant about such a publication.
8.3 The participant may not publish, offer for sale, exhibit or otherwise make public his or her design prior to the submission (and up to and including the award ceremony), unless Designday has given written permission to do so.

article 9 DISPUTES
DESIGN AWARD’ Made for Maastricht’ is governed by Dutch law. Any disputes arising from or related to the DESIGN AWARD’ Made for Maastricht’ will be submitted to the competent court in Maastricht.