Dreaming and performing research go hand in hand, in this study towards the most desirable future you want to live in, and what challenges lie ahead

The Project

The Project

ARCADIS, leading global design and consultancy organization in the field of natural and built environments. With the application of our deep market sector knowledge combined with design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services. we work on exceptional and sustainable results.
As Business Development we are committed to continuous innovation development in a world that moves at a speed that most are unprepared for. That’s where future thinking and foresight come in. By truly analyzing future scenarios, we can internalize both the radical change ahead, and the pace of that change. The lens of our analysis would focus on where the world is heading, and our potential role in that world.

This decade will determine if we are able to sustain a future that is worth remembering.
We live in incredible times. We are more advanced scientifically and technologically than at any time in human history. The anticipated global population of more than 9.7 billion by 2050 poses daunting challenges from providing sufficient energy, food, and water, health care, to trespassing bio geophysical boundaries, pandemics and a technological singularity. These challenges are enormous in scale and complexity, and we will need to take equally enormous leaps in our imagination to meet them successfully. It cannot be stressed enough that we are at a critical point in time. Our world is entering a period of truly transformative change, and many of us will be surprised by the scale and pace of developments we simply hadn’t anticipated.

From an unintended future towards a most preferable one. In an era where we can manipulate matter, energy, and information from a quantum level to a planetary scale with order-of-magnitude improvements in cost, speed, and precision, where the building blocks of the production system are available and plentiful everywhere at essentially zero cost, the capability frontier of what is possible may well be the laws of physics. The effect on every aspect of society will be extraordinary, opening up the possibility of a society that escapes the growth imperative and operates indefinitely within the Earth’s limits.

Our question to you as PREMIUM students: WHAT MOST DESIRABLE FUTURE YOU WANT TO LIVE IN AND WHY? There are an infinite number of possible futures. What is -from your perspectives and taking future challenges in account- the most desirable/preferred one? We require you to be open minded, explorative, creativity, and future orientated.
With an explorative focus ,this project will contain ample opportunities for research within and across disciplines, resulting in output that will bring new insights. The objective should be to “discover something new”.

Why should you choose this project? The short answer: it will be strange, potentially beautiful and like nothing you’re used to.


In this project, the focus is on “discovering something new”

The Client

The Client

Arcadis is the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets. Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. We are 27,000 people, active in over 70 countries that generate €3.3 billion in revenues. We support UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world.

Co-Creator Client

This client might join the team for brainstorm sessions, meetings and preparatory sessions. The co-creator client is more actively involved in/during the project execution.