The workshop on the Design Factory starts on Monday, 18 February 2008 with a presentation of the region and its ambitions by Mayor Stefaan de Clerck. OnTuesday participants will discuss different issues concerning the establishment of a Design Factory, including questions like "What is happening in other European cities?", "What is there to learn from each other?", or "How to best establish a productive and dynamic platform for companies, organisations and people active in the sector of design, art and creative industries?".
The Design Factory will serve a number of purposes, including gathering knowledge, exchanging expertise, providing room for productions and exhibitions, allowing for storage of design objects and materials, giving opportunities to work and live, developing prototyping facilities, etc. The objective of the workshop is to find the best model, given the regional geography and distinctivess of Kortrijk.
The conclusions will be presented on the last day of the workshop at a seminar involving a broad audience of different stakeholders.