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Koert van Mensvoort, MFA

  • 31 Citations

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“I want to better understand our co-evolutionary relationship with technology and help set out a track towards a future that is rewarding for both humankind and the planet at large.”

Research profile

Koert van Mensvoort is a University Fellow of Next Nature at the Department of Industrial Design. He is director of the Next Nature Network, board member of the Society of Arts at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and supervisory board member of VPRO television.

Van Mensvoort is an artist and philosopher best known for his work on the philosophical concept of Next Nature, which revolves around the idea that technology has become so complex, omnipresent and autonomous that it is best perceived as a nature of its own. Among his award-winning design-research projects are the In Vitro Meat Cookbook, the ECO Coin, the NANO Supermarket and the HUBOT job agency for people and robots. Van Mensvoort gave over 300 lectures on six different continents. His Letter to Humanity was translated into 26 languages.

Academic background

Koert van Mensvoort studied Computer Science at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). After obtaining his MSc in 1997, he studied Philosophy at Utrecht University and obtained a MFA in Design from the Sandberg Institute. He worked as an Associate Researcher at the IPO center of TU/e before starting his PhD research in Industrial Design at TU/e as well, concluded in 2009. He founded and is creative director of the Next Nature Network, exploring the changing relation between nature and technology. Van Mensvoort previously held the position of Assistant Professor, leading the Next Nature Lab from 2003 to 2015. As of 2015, he is University Fellow.  

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Research Output

Next nature : nature changes along with us

Mensvoort, van, K. M. (ed.) & Grievink, H. J. (ed.), 2011, Barcelona: Actar.

Research output: Book/ReportBook editingPopular

  • Pyramid of technology : how technology becomes nature in seven steps

    Mensvoort, van, K. M., 2013, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 46 p. (Eindhoven University lectures; vol. 3)

    Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademic

    Open Access
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    The In vitro meat cookbook

    Mensvoort, van, K. M. & Grievink, H. J., 2014, Amsterdam: BIS Publishers. 192 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookPopular

  • Next nature: waarom technologie onze natuurlijke toekomst is

    van Mensvoort, K., 4 Jun 2019, 1 ed. Amsterdam: Maven Publishing. 240 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookPopular

    50 products from the future: NANO supermarket book

    van Mensvoort, K. M., 1 May 2018, Amsterdam: Next Nature Network. 196 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookPopular

  • Prizes

    Dutch Design Award

    Koert van Mensvoort (Recipient), 22 Oct 2014

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

  • Activities

    TEDx Amsterdam - Meat the Future

    Koert van Mensvoort (Speaker)
    17 Nov 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkPopular

    TEDx Aruba - Economy is Economy

    Koert van Mensvoort (Presenter)
    24 Sep 2015

    Activity: Consultancy typesOutreachPopular

    SXSW Lecture - Designing for Next Nature

    Koert van Mensvoort (Presenter)
    13 Mar 2015

    Activity: Consultancy typesOutreachPopular

    TEDx Ghent- Pyramid of Technology

    Koert van Mensvoort (Presenter)
    6 Jun 2014

    Activity: Consultancy typesOutreachPopular

    TEDx Budapest: Next Nature - The Nature Caused by People

    Koert van Mensvoort (Presenter)
    21 Apr 2013

    Activity: Consultancy typesOutreachPopular

    Student theses

    Allergen beagle

    Author: Goudsmit, W., 31 May 2011

    Supervisor: van Mensvoort, K. (Supervisor 1) & Terken, J. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Conscii oceanus

    Author: Stam, F., 28 Feb 2013

    Supervisor: van Mensvoort, K. (Supervisor 1) & Alkema, J. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Embodying empathic expressiveness

    Author: Tjeenk Willink, W., 31 Jul 2013

    Supervisor: van Mensvoort, K. (Supervisor 1), van Berkel, R. (External person) (External coach) & Snelders, H. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Author: Witjes, J., 30 Apr 2011

    Supervisor: Rauterberg, G. (Supervisor 1) & van Mensvoort, K. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Author: Christiaans, H., 28 Feb 2013

    Supervisor: Terken, J. (Supervisor 1), van Mensvoort, K. (Supervisor 2) & Alkema, J. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master