Promoting sustainable design across the Meuse–Rhine Euregion

Founded in July 2008, the REcentre platform has created a cluster of sustainable design experts across several regions of Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.

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REcentre has developed cross-border cooperation to encourage and support sustainable design.© REcentre has developed cross-border cooperation to encourage and support sustainable design.©

" REcentre brought the design minds of the Euregio Meuse-Rhine together and has resulted in the sustainable design sector having a solid support base to grow from. The projects developed have helped establish the region in the world of design. Despite the project ending in 2012, the partners involved have continued to to collaborate on various projects. "

Clio Brzakala, Director of REcentre

The ERDF-funded initiative has launched a myriad of projects featuring designers, schools, companies and public institutions. The sheer number of successful collaborations has demonstrated how sustainability in design can become a reality.

200 organisations, 55 new products

Over four years, some 200 organisations have been actively involved in REcentre design projects, with a total of 55 new products. Moreover 53 educational events were held across the region, and six studies on sustainable design were published. Overall, 90 239 participants have already taken part in cross-border projects, making the REcentre platform a resounding success.

Networks, competitions, tools, events

Networks of knowledge comprising designers, design schools and companies were set up to encourage cross-border and cross-sector collaborations, where the emphasis was on information, awareness, and sustainable design. A design competition has also been organised, in which designers were invited to create a sustainable water carafe. In addition, the project partners have published a market study on the importance consumers attribute to sustainability, and on the extent to which this influences their buying behaviour.

Meanwhile a tool has been developed to help designers and companies in their search for new design techniques and materials. Young designers were encouraged to become more entrepreneurial through bespoke workshops displaying product launches and sustainable business practices.

Finally, in order to give design students a head-start in their respective fields, the REcentre team works closely with various educational institutions in order to hold workshops and lectures that help prepare the region's brightest design talents for their respective futures. 

REcentre has created 12 jobs over its duration.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Euregio Platform for Sustainable Design” is EUR 2 194 350, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 1 097 175, from the INTERREG IV-A Operational Programme “Euregio Maas-Rhein” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

Draft date

04/12/2014