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(Bio) Diversity as key driver in adaptive capacity of Urban Landscapes

Shared Value Creation through Integrated Systems Design. Exploring the case of the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Manhattan. Introduction With last year’s record high temperatures and droughts in the USA the general public seems to catch on to the fact that climate change is upon us[1]. Coupled with the recent superstorm Sandy and hurricane Irene (2011) the … Continue reading

Why Production could return to where it started, near the End-User

In a liberalized, networked and westernized society we have witnessed an increasing trend of concentration of manufacturing and assembly facilities in pursuit of global economies of scale. In particular this has been a move of manufacturing towards China. In the near future some factors have the potential to reverse this trend, dispersing these production facilities, … Continue reading

Feature: GreenStartup LAB – workshop

Friday march 23rd I met with an interesting group of people at the Herengracht location of designthinkers to participate in the Green Startup LAB workshop, funded by Green Metropole. Simone Veldema and Tim Schuurman (of designthinkers) led a workshop on sustainable service design. With diverse backgrounds in food, bicycles, wedding planning, social sustainability, ict, product design, … Continue reading

Micro Plastics as Ingredient in Cosmetics Products – Towards Effective Solutions

Writing my second entry on disposable plastics has been somewhat of a challenge. The deeper I dig the more complex the topic appears. I decided to take a different angle on the whole topic by understanding how plastics have crept into my own everyday life. I was ‘gobsmacked’, I believe the English would say. In … Continue reading

Feature: Architecture in Development

Just yesterday I had the pleasure to meet-up with founders Rob Breed and Changfang Luo of Architecture in Development. I learned about them through a friend of mine, and I was interested to understand more about the background of their initiative. This non-profit organization started in 2009 with the aim of reconnecting sustainable development with … Continue reading

Disposable Plastics: Single Use, ‘Eternal’ Waste

Plastics are all around us, in the houses we live in, in the sofa’s we sit on, the cars we drive, in the tv’s we look at, wrapped as packing material around our groceries, and as main material of the bags in which we carry these groceries home. While for many products the Dutch society … Continue reading

Design as a Change Agent towards Sustainability | Redefining Enlightenment’s Dominance over Nature (part 3 of 3)

This is part 3 (of 3) of an article on ‘design as a change agent’ that I wrote for the publication “Design for Biodiversity”. Part 3 redefines the role of design and the design professional as change agent, translates this specifically for architecture and the architect, and provides closing comments. Part 1 covered the introduction, explores our ‘western’ … Continue reading

Design as a Change Agent towards Sustainability | Redefining Enlightenment’s Dominance over Nature (part 2 of 3)

This is part 2 (of 3) of an article on ‘design as a change agent’ that I wrote for the publication “Design for Biodiversity”. Part 1 covered the introduction, explores our ‘western’ enlightened world view, and the role of design within this framework. Part 2 discusses ‘new world views’, and elaborates on ‘ecologies thinking’. Part 3 … Continue reading

Design as a Change Agent towards Sustainability | Redefining Enlightenment’s Dominance over Nature (part 1 of 3)

This is part 1 (of 3) of an article on ‘design as a change agent’ that I wrote for the publication “Design for Biodiversity”. Part 1 covers the introduction, explores our ‘western’ enlightened world view, and the role of design within this framework. Part 2 discusses ‘new world views’, and elaborates on ‘ecologies thinking’. Part … Continue reading

A Sustainable Food-ture for the TU Campus

TiSD (Technology in Sustainable Development) backcasting project covering the development and implementation of a sustainable campus food supply. By Kim Dekker, Willemijn Elkhuizen, Merel Segers, Peter de Ruijter, Luis Carlos Ramirez This research was conducted as part of the Technology in Sustainable Development curriculum. As part of an interdisciplinary group, consisting of two Architecture students, … Continue reading

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