BBM Blog – Entry 11
The Re-Use Atlas: A designer’s guide to the circular economy
Since the Waste House was completed in June 2014, our very own Duncan Baker-Brown has been working on a book that considers the challenges and opportunities presenting designers and clients who wish to ‘mine the anthropocene’, i.e.work with existing places, communities and stuff previously mined and processed. Duncan’s recently published book is entitled ‘The Re-Use Atlas: A Designer’s Guide to the Circular Economy’ and this blog provides an opportunity to read parts of the book, enjoy!
This entry features the eleventh in the series of case studies from Duncan’s book. This week’s case study details RAU Architects and Turntoo’s new HQ for Alliander in Duiven, which involves the reworking and extension of existing buildings, and their extension to Brummen Town Hall. Both projects are extensions to existing buildings, although Brummen Town Hall has the added challenge of conservation of a designated monument.
Next week’s blog details Duncan’s interview with Cyrill Gutsch, designer, creative, entrepreneur and founder of Parley for the Oceans. German-born Cyrill Gutsch set up New-York-based Parley for the Oceans in 2012. By April 2015 Parley announced its first commercial partnership – with sportswear giant Adidas, initially making training shoes out of ocean plastic waste. Why was this significant? Gutsch states that the fashion, sports and tech industries can create trends, and ‘trends have the power to shift thinking and behaviour – sometimes even overnight. Technology and fashion are perhaps the fastest change agents there are.’
Check out the eleventh entry here