Values for Participatory Port City Making (2019-2020)

Values are key to solving contentious urban developments at a time of transition. Port cities, as places where a big industrial area meets often densely-built urban and rural areas hold opportunities for development based on similar goals and values. This project addresses the need for clearer definition of values, for a smaller scale of exploration (the port city region), for using concrete examples, and for developing specific design proposals.


Values in Urban Area Development: A Quick Start Video for Multi-Stakeholder Collaborations (2019-2020)

This project develops a 3-minute animated ‘quick-start’ video clip that will help collaborating stakeholders in urban area development projects to explicate, discuss and operationalize values by means of analyzing and visualizing an illustrative case.


Values in Peer-to-Peer Energy Exchanges in Smart Decentralized Energy Systems (2019)

In the future scenarios of decentralized energy systems energy, it is envisioned that households will take a more active role in the local management of energy by having more choice and control over local peer-to-peer (p2p) exchanges of energy between households. The existing literature on energy exchanges lacks discussion on diverse social, cultural, moral, and ethical values that shape energy exchanges when householders get to decide with whom to exchange energy. This project develops a research proposal to address that gap.


Understanding the Perception of Intentional Behavior of Intelligent Artifacts (2019)

In our everyday lives, we are starting to increasingly interact with smart products. This urges us, as designers, researchers and educators, to ask new questions concerning the type of interactions that we have with them and the role these artifacts play in everyday life. How do smart products enable meaningful human control and support human autonomy, and enable transparency about their intentions?


Responsible Internet of Things (IoT) Data Research (2018-2019)

Wi-Fi access data is a potential resource for science and research across many disciplines. Examples of applications are the improvement of building energy management or emergency evacuation strategies. However, the privacy implications of this data are enormous and ill-understood. Using Wi-Fi access data as a case study, the project uses a research-by-design approach to investigate how human activity data can be used ethically and responsibly in research.


Using Value Deliberations to Explore Solutions for the Energy Transition of Port City Cultures (2018-2019)

A (design) research is needed that will help the city of Rotterdam to improve sustainable coexistence at the interface between port, city and region, by transforming tensions and conflicts into creative opportunities. This seed projects contributes to such an agenda. A process of value deliberation among stakeholders is organized that will provide input for a conference on the topic.


Spatial Justice: Values for the Built Environment (2018-2019)

Spatial Justice refers to the fair distribution of spatial benefits and burdens (distributive spatial justice) and the realization of the ‘right to the city’, understood as the opportunity to shape the built environment to the one’s needs and wishes (procedural spatial justice). This seed project comprises the organization of a symposium on the topic, which will serve as a springboard to the compilation of a handbook on the topic.


Democratic Human-Robot Partnerships in the Smart City (2018-2019)

The city is increasingly becoming a playground for novel robotic solutions. This asks for a critical reflection on the role of intelligent robots in the smart city and novel design methodologies for creating desirable, democratic and empowering human-robot partnerships. The project will tackle this challenge by designing, prototyping and testing salient robot features that may enable ethically-informed forms of coexistence between humans and intelligent robots in the smart city.


Mitigating Value Conflicts in Business Model Designs for Creative Projects (2018-2019)

Creative professionals focusing on designing for client and stakeholder values often struggle to transform their work into sustainable business models that are aligned with their professional identity. Exploiting the results and toolkit of the recently finished FuturA project, this project develops an open access, animated tutorial that allows anybody to teach or practice designing for values in a financially and professionally responsible manner.


Designing Artificial Advice Givers that Consider Perspective & Affect (2017-2018)

This DDfV seed project addresses the design of explanation-aware algorithms and interfaces. By means of two cases, it will investigate how perspective and affect influence critical thinking and motivated numeracy.


3D Virtual Modeling for Value Assessment in Heritage Debates (2017-2018)

Historic monuments result from (often century-old) societal preferences of the past, and their restoration, reconstruction or adaptive reuse creates intensive debates on contemporary moral and social values among heritage specialists as well as citizens and even tourists. This project develops 3D urban models as a tool for visualization to support debates about values in urban heritage.


Research through Design for Values (2017-2018)

Research through Design (RtD) is a unique program, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), that aims to clarify distinctions and characteristics of design research in relation to the more established fields of science. This additional DDFV seed project aim to collect and safeguard insights on research on values which are likely not captured in current RtD projects.


Values and the Design of Housing Systems (2017-2019)

This interdisciplinary project explores whether a philosophical angel from the perspective of Design for Values can provide fruitful input for housing systems and whether the housing system angel may provide for a fruitful case study for discussion in applied/engineering ethics, and more specifically for Design for Values approaches.

About the Seed Program

Each year the Delft Design for Values Institute distributes a call for proposals for its open subsidy program among TU Delft researchers. The aim of this subsidy is to catalyze design for values research, by stimulating cooperation and synergy across groups and increasing the visibility and outreach of Design for Values activities.

Examples of activities that can be funded include, but are not limited to: the preparation of larger research grant applications, the development of new teaching materials, the execution of proof of concept experiments, and hosting foreign guest researchers.
The third call was distributed in April 2019.

More information:

  • Linda Rindertsma
    Linda Rindertsma
    DDfV Community Manager