GREENHOUSE embodies the classical look of a wooden barn and the typical structure of Dutch greenhouses: reused materials combined with DIY community-based building for a low impact and comfortable living environment.
After a long restoration, we are proud to present the end result of Superuse co-founder Césare Peeren’s home. A beautiful example of how our cities could evolve, re-using pre-existing housing and local material flows.
Reuse is common sense: FCRBE campaign
Reusing building materials is common sense. But is it feasible? How can we make it happen? This video gives an insight into the construction industry’s waste problem and encourages more reuse amongst construction professionals.
ReWind LGBTQI+ Monument
Watch the short documentary and discover how the synergy of different professionals and organisations created this amazing intervention of place-making.
Viisi Circular Office Design
A worn-out bowling alley floor, deadstock Trespa tabletops, vintage lamps, and ‘heraklith’ acoustic system ceiling panels were redesigned to give a sustainable yet classy looking ‘living room for academics’. The space is used both as a lunchtime canteen and evening seminar room.
RE-USE.EU NAPOLI Seminar & Workshops
In collaboration with Archintorno: lecture and workshops to regenerate vacant spaces in Naples through reuse.
At Superuse, waste rotor blades are seen as structural and aesthetic elements for large scale, worldwide use in design and architecture. Blade made designs reduce wind energy waste and provide an opportunity for later recovery of valuable composite materials.
Zero Waste Building
The short documentary ‘Zero-waste building’ quotes the title of the book published in 2016 by the protagonist Paola Altamura, Ph.D. architect at “Sapienza” the University of Rome, co-founder of the Atlante Inerti Project.
Harvest Map Milan Expansion
Video campaign as a project report of the expansion of the Harvest Map in the area of Milan, Italy. Result of a workshop given by Dutch pioneer architect Césare Peeren: according to the SuperUse philosophy WASTE SHOULD NOT EXIST.
Superuse on site: Villa Maggiore
An Italian villa is used as teaching ground by Dutch waste architects to spread circular design tools, methods and thinking to Italian designers, architects, contractors and industry.
Make City Festival in Berlin
Reusing dismissed chalkboards to exhibit about creative reuse.
People’s Pavilion | Dutch Design Week 2017
The People’s Pavilion is designed to promote the value of a closed-loop, or “circular”, construction system, which involves thinking beyond the life of the building, so that little or no waste is produced as a result.
Rabo Bank by Refunc
Watch here a short video composed of stop motions and time-lapse during the reconstructing of the Rabobank interior based in Maarssen, Utrecht, NL. The project is about reusing old office materials from the bank and designing the interior by giving them a new function and contemporary aesthetics.
Print Your City
The New Raw launch Print Your City. A short documentary which includes the interview with the founders of The New Raw.
Miniere Urbane Exhibition
Announcing the upcoming exhibition Miniere Urbane at Fiera di Milano | Fà la cosa giusta [‘Do the right thing’ Fair].
RE-USE.EU was created to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, expertise, experiences in material engineering, design, architecture, and city-making.
In the modern era, architecture and the building industry are creating thirty percent of waste worldwide. Waste in nature does not exist, and we believe that from nature, we can still learn how to analyze and improve our production cycles, saving resources and decreasing the impact we have on the planet.
“Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we’ve been ignorant of their value.”
Powered by oil, we have dug out more than enough resources.
Now it is time to reuse and cascade the materials we have around us through endless loops of design and re-design.”
Photo & Video
We believe in the documentation of projects and case-studies as a catalyst to disseminate the practice of creative reuse. We like to execute it through photography, film, and interviews. We are currently displaying our content, but we invite professionals to submit curated content.
Knowledge is Power
Documentation of projects and case-studies needs to be executed, curated, analyzed, edited, and discussed to gain new awareness regarding their potential. Waste streams occur worldwide in the same or similar patterns; therefore, we believe in sharing ideas and sustainable solutions.
Our expertise lies in both communication and project management. Project reports and press-releases are the main goals to reach a good overview of the work done and invìcrease the chance of publication across our network and our social media.
Waste to Treasure
To disseminate the practice of RE-USE we have created and tested some educational modules that cover different both regulations and practical solutions. In the form of a seminar, our theoretical module includes three main sections: opening and inspirational session, regulatory session, introduction to material harvest, and adaptive design.
Knowledge is Power
The most effective way to implement our action is to combine lectures with practical workshops for material harvesting and prototyping. Harvest Map has been used in various European countries, allowing architects and designers to connect with local companies and institutions to provide the new material sources.
Design & Build
Design as Politics
Prototyping is the most effective way to evaluate the potential of new material streams.Together we can sustainably improve our cities. Material harvesting, prototyping, and construction mean to respond to our local needs with a new approach.
RE-USE.EU was founded in 2017 by Denis Guzzo, who is mainly publishing his own work and connecting professionals; contributing as writer and content manager.
is a documentary artist and producer who graduated in communication design from the Royal Academy of Arts in Te Hague, the Netherlands, in 2010.
He intensively documented the work of Superuse for teen years now. His work has been exhibited and screened internationally.
His photographs were published in magazines and platforms such as A+U, BBC, Icon, Metropolis M, New York Times, Volume, in many books and on book covers.
Find out more at denisguzzo.com
At RE-USE.EU, we strive to connect professionals and create a network that can help us in our mission. Please get in touch or subscribe to our NewsLetter to stay up to date with our activities.
We would be grateful if you could get in touch if you have projects, research, or case-studies worth spreading. We especially appreciate curated content, book reviews, notifications regarding events and exhibitions.
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Ecologies of Inception
ECOLOGIES OF INCEPTIONDESIGN POTENTIALS ON A WARMING PLANET By Simone Ferracina Image and text courtesy of the Publisher Publisher : Routledge 400 Pages 162 B/W Illustrations Language: English ISBN: 9780367858766Responding to increasing levels of planetary pollution, waste generation,...
The Re-Use Atlas: A Designer’s Guide Towards a Circular Economy
This book is a highly illustrated 'atlas’, taking the reader on a journey via four distinct ‘steps’ (recycling, reuse, reduce, closed loop), from a linear economy towards a system emulating the natural world, i.e. a circular economy. Featuring over 25 inspiring case studies describing design...
REUSE eBook by Macarthur Foundation
Reuse – Rethinking packaging, free eBook Converting 20% of plastic packaging into reuse models is a USD 10 billion business opportunity that benefits customers and represents a crucial element in the quest to eliminate plastic waste and pollution. This new release from the New Plastics Economy...
The Architecture of Waste
The Architecture of Waste Design for a Circular Economy Image and text courtesy of the Publisher Publisher: Routledge Paperback: 306 Pages Language: English ISBN: 9780367247454Edited By Caroline O'Donnell, Dillon Pranger Global material crises are imminent. In the very near future, recycling will...
RE–USA: 20 American Stories of Adaptive Reuse
RE–USA: 20 American Stories of Adaptive Reuse A Toolkit for Post-Industrial Cities Matteo Robiglio Image and text courtesy of the Publisher Publisher: Jovis PublishersSoftcover: 14.4 x 20.2 cm240 pages with approx. 230 col. and plansLanguage: English ISBN-10: 978-3-86859-473-7 Adaptive reuse – the...
Resource Salvation: The Architecture of Reuse
RESOURCE SALVATION The Architecture of Reuse A valuable source of information, insight, and fresh ideas about a crucial aspect of the growing sustainable design movement Author: Mark Gorgolewski Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell 296 Pages paperback eBook & oBook available ISBN: 978-1-118-92877-6...
Adaptive Reuse of the Built Heritage
ADAPTIVE REUSE OF THE BUILT HERITAGE Concepts and Cases of an Emerging Discipline Image and text courtesy of the Publisher Publisher : Routledge Paperback : 256 pages Language: English ISBN-10 : 1138062766 Adaptive reuse – the process of repairing and restoring existing buildings for new or...
The Future of Architecture
Author: Herman Hertzberger, Anna Heringer, Jean-Philippe Vassal With contribuitions by: Kamiel Klaasse, Nanne de Ru, Jan Jongert, Marijn Schenk, Hedwig Heinsman, Rudy Stroink. Publisher: Uitgever:nai010 Uitgevers ISBN: 978-94-6208-082-9 At eighty, internationally acclaimed Dutch architect Herman...
Costruire a zero rifiuti. Strategie e strumenti per la prevenzione e l’upcycling dei materiali di scarto in edilizia
Author: Paola Altamura with contribuitions by Serena Baiani, Eliana Cangelli,Fabrizio Orlandi, Giovanni Zannoni. Publisher: FrancoAngeli, 2015 ISBN: 8891725676 → Acquista il libro o eBook in Italiano → English version not available 🙁 The use of materials in construction involves high...
Superuse: Constructing New Architecture by Shortcutting Material Flows
Authors: Césare Peeren, Jan Jongert, Ed van Hinte Published by: 010 Publishers, 2013 ISBN 10: 9064505926 Pioneers in designing and building with various dead stock and waste materials, compiled the book Superuse. This book shows examples from their own practice as well from other designers who...
Rematerial – From Waste to Architecture
REMATERIAL From Waste to Architecture by Alejandro Bahamón, Maria Camila Sanjinés. Image and text courtesy of the Publisher Publisher : Norton Architecture 340 pages - 8.4 x 9.7 in Language: English ISBN: 978-0-393-73314-3 How someone else’s waste can become the next designer’s building...