Embassy Lab

Embassy Lab is a prototype for experimenting with future functions of embassies in the current age of EUization, globalization and digitalization.

Workshops, Lectures, Symposia
Embassy Lab
2015 – 2019

@ Kingdom of The Netherlands Embassy
Berlin, Germany
@ Kingdom of The Netherlands Ministery of Foreign Affairs
The Hague, The Netherlands

EU States


Embassy Lab is a laboratory and a prototype for the 27 Dutch Embassies in Europe + the 28 x 27 = 756 embassies of the European Union member states within the Europe Union.

Embassy Lab at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Berlin brings together the official traditional institution of the ‚ÄúEmbassy‚ÄĚ with the innovative potential of a creative ‚ÄúLab‚ÄĚ.
Embassy Lab is a think tank and innovation hub, for research and discussion, for experimenting with new models, and for presenting and communicating ideas.

Embassy Lab provides a framework for investigating the added value and dynamics created by the intercultural fertilization between the Netherlands and Germany.
Embassy Lab promotes the innovative crossover approach as a space of exchange between Dutch, German, and international experts.

What is the future of 756 EU member state embassies?

Future Narratives
22 May 2019

@  Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Potsdam, Germany

Digital transformation radically changes communication and re-defines how the world connects. Key digital innovations include immersive technologies (i.e. 360¬į films, holography, 3D sound experience and Virtual Reality/VR and their various applications), technologies fusing the physical and the digital (such as Augmented Reality/AR, Mixed Reality/MR or the Internet of Things), Artificial Intelligence-based story-telling systems as well as sharing platforms and interactive media channels.

Water Conscious Fashion
16 January 2019

@ Neonyt

Water is the necessary resource for life. Human settlements have always been dependent upon access to clean water and its relative scarcity ‚Äď freshwater makes up only 2.5% of water available on the earth ‚Äď has awarded it the name ‚Äėblue gold‚Äô. If world population increases as expected, hitting the 9 billion threshold by 2050, will water resources be sufficient?

22 June 2018

@ Embassy
Kingdom of the Netherlands

Embassy Lab GR√úNtopia addresses a range of aspects of integrating green in dense urban spaces such as livability of cities, climate adaptation, mitigating of the heat island effect, water sensitive urban design, biodiversity, and urban food production.
With a special focus on innovative solutions for integrating green in buildings, Embassy Lab GRÜNtopia develops concepts for greening the Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy’s courtyard VOID.

7 July 2017

@ Embassy
Kingdom of the Netherlands

Supported by digital technology, we are experiencing today a shift in economic transactions and thus social relationships. Access to goods is replacing ownership. Traditional commodity producers are transforming into services providers. Community-based online services provide information, enabling the optimization of resources and facilitating peer-to-peer transactions.
Sharing Economy is a common notion describing this ongoing fundamental transformation of our economies and societies, other terms being Collaborative Consumption, Peer-to-Peer Economy, Access Economy or On-Demand Economy.

Co-Curating the City
14 October 2016

@ Embassy
Kingdom of the Netherlands

Embassy Lab Co-Curating the City researches the potential of curating as co-creating with the public as well as the transformations of the role of the expert curator.

Future Diplomacy
7 October 2016

@ Embassy
Kingdom of the Netherlands

Digital tools enable and support participative practices and networks ‚Äď trespassing all borders. In our globalized world a whole range of transnational webs perform independently and often with no linkage to the traditional diplomacy channels.

Smart City Governance
21 May 2015

@ CityCube
Metropolitan Solutions

From¬†‚ÄúSmart Citizen‚ÄĚ to¬†‚ÄúSmart City Governance‚ÄĚ. Embassy Lab Smart City Governance creates a platform¬†for the exchange and creation of ideas between government officials and experts from the Netherlands and Germany. Embassy¬†Lab connects to Urban Agenda the focus of the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2016.

22 May 2015

@ BMW Welt

Embassy Lab¬†MOBILITY+ addresses the huge technological push, summarized under ‚ÄúSmart City‚ÄĚ that is drastically transforming our environment. Embassy Lab¬†MOBILITY+¬†develops concepts on how creative professionals can contribute to social innovation. It investigates how creative industries can contribute to the responsible and sustainable development of social processes and services such as¬†service design, smart tourism, smart¬†retail, healthy and¬†smart city.

22 May 2015

@ CityCube
Metropolitan Solutions

Embassy Lab CRISIS design innovates in/for situations of upheaval and for communities in need of new infrastructures for everyday life. Embassy Lab CRISIS design showcases environmental and sustainable projects for unpredictable changes in climates, and/or dealing with migration and mobility as an effect of globalization and political unrest.

23 Februari 2015

@ Berlin

Embassy Lab co-OPERATIVE was a one-day program for the Berlin visit of the Dutch Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk, February 23rd 2015. Next to his meeting with the German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Barbara Hendricks, Minister Plasterk visited Berlin urban initiatives, cooperatives and participation movements to discuss the potential of urban co-creation.

Hybrid Health
17 November 2015

@ Medica

Embassy Lab Hybrid Health focuses on innovative health solutions that combine the physical and the digital and on health applications and services embedded in the daily living environment.

29 March 2015

@ Embassy
Kingdom of the Netherlands

Embassy Lab Velo focuses on sustainable and innovative cycling traffic resources and knowledge exchange between the City of Amsterdam and the City of Berlin.


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