David Hamers

photo: Henriëtte Guest


Dr. David Hamers PhD is a spatial researcher.
He was trained as a cultural theorist and economist.

In 2003, he obtained his doctorate at Maastricht University’s department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences with a research into representations of the American suburb. Since then, Hamers has been working as a researcher in the field of urbanisation. He is a senior researcher for Urban Areas at PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving) in The Hague.

His publications mainly deal with the development, design, and use of space within and around the city. In addition to his work as a researcher, Hamers works with spatial designers and artists. Since 2009 he has been a reader (lector) for Places and Traces at Design Academy Eindhoven.



Naomi Bueno de Mesquita


Naomi Bueno de Mesquita (1979) is an artist and designer with a BA (cum laude) in Architectural Design obtained at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam and a Master in Design and Public Space obtained at Elisava/ Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona. After completing her Master she worked as teacher at the Art School Estudio Nomada in Barcelona. Her subject was Interventions in Public Space. Naomi lived in different countries for large periods of her life (Jerusalem, Amsterdam, Rome and Barcelona). She currently forms part of the European research project TRADERS, in which she explores the use of digital mapping as tool/ method to engage citizens in the construction of public places and in the debate about public space and public issues.



Msc Maurizio Montalti has worked with mycelium materials for the last 7 years, first during his Master graduation project at Design Academy Eindhoven and later within his design practice Officina Corpuscoli. His transdisciplinary research activities are characterized by autonomous design research in close collaboration with scientific partners. In the project Mycelium-based materials for product design Montalti makes use of both theoretical and hands-on research methods, aiming for the constitution of an exemplary collection of consumer products and applications based on grown materials. More in general, Montalti addresses designers’ responsibilities in the development of a sustainable society, and reflects on the pivotal role of designers as catalysts of change.