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by Danielle Arets

In a growth-directed economy, sustainable production is often wishful thinking. How can designers help create sustainable alternatives?

Cindy van den Bremen, curator of the Circulaire Fabriek exhibition commissioned by Woonbedrijf, says designers can bring change with innovating design based on recycling but also with stories of the residents. “We have to engage the residents so we can use their memories,” says Rob Bogaarts of Woonbedrijf

Designers take alternatives as starting point rather than problems, design researcher Alissa van Asseldonk (Lectorat Strategic Creativitety DAE) explains. For Woonbedrijf and Waterschap De Dommel she investigates ways to stimulate energy-efficient behaviour. 

Bio art designers Jalila Essaïdi (Bio Art Lab) and Maurizio Montalti (Growing Lab) discuss the need to reconcile design and science. They explore new applications for natural materials, like products from mycelium (fungal cultures). Scientists and designers need each other to find innovative sustainable solutions.

Designer Lonny van Ryswyck (Atelier NL) stresses the importance of ethics. Research into natural materials leads to amazing new applications, including black glass from Maastricht. “Sometimes you need to lure the user to alternatives,” says Van Ryswyck.

Designers offer alternatives in many ways; in the form of beautiful, clever products or stimulating challenges. Now it’s time to realise these sustainable alternatives.

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Published: 18-Oct-2015 15:00
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