Make City Festival in Berlin

Make City Festival in Berlin

Group exhibition.

Recycle chalkboards are being replaced by smart-boards in schools across so they became a common ground  for the exhibition with:
bureau SLA [NL]   Superuse Studios [NL]  Refunc [NL/DE]

Join us for a talk by Peter Van Asshe.
30.6 // 11:00 |  Warnitzer Str. 26 | Berlin

People’s Pavilion | Dutch Design Week 2017

People’s Pavilion | Dutch Design Week 2017

Text: Bureau SLA | Photography courtesy of Filip Dujardin and Bureau SLA

People’s Pavilion won the Frame Awards in category Sustainable Design, The Dutch Design Awards in the category Habitat, and the ARC18 Innovation Award. 

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.


The pavilion is a design statement of the new circular economy, a 100% circular building where no building materials are lost in construction. The designers of bureau SLA and Overtreders W have accomplished this with a radical new approach: all of the materials needed to make the 250 m2 building are borrowed. Not only materials from traditional suppliers and producers, but also from Eindhoven residents themselves. And to be clear, it’s not 70% or 80% or even 95%, but 100% of the materials: concrete and wooden beams, lighting, facade elements, glass roof, recycled plastic cladding, even the Pavilion’s glass roof, all of which will be returned completely unharmed – with one special exception – to the owners following the DDW.

The exception? The striking colored tiles that make up the Pavilion’s upper facade, made from plastic household waste materials collected by Eindhoven residents, will be distributed among those very residents at the end of DDW. 100% borrowed means a construction site without screws, glue, drills or saws. This, in turn, leads to a new design language: the People’s Pavilion reveals a new future for sustainable building: a powerful design with new collaborations and intelligent construction methods.

Facts & figures

design: bureau SLA & Overtreders W
designers: Peter van Assche, Hester van Dijk, Reinder Bakker
client: Dutch Design Foundation
structural engineering: Arup
urban Mining advies: New Horizon
main builder: Ham & Sybesma, Amsterdam

From trash to tile: 100% plastic waste

Facade claddings meet high technical demands. Every cladding has to be completely wind- and waterproof. It has to protect against fire and last in extreme weather conditions. It doesn’t come as a surprise that the development of true sustainable facade materials has been proven difficult. Recently, the company Pretty Plastic has developed a tile that consists entirely of recycled PVC building material waste. Because only waste streams are being used in the production process every tile is slightly different, which gives facades a natural look. The tiles are fully fireproof certified and can be applied on any building. By both cleaning up waste streams and producing a cladding material that can be endlessly recycled in the future, the Pretty Plastic tile truely contributes to a circular economy: from trash to tile. Over and over again.

Pretty Plastic aims to produce cladding products made of upcycled plastic waste that look great are safe in use, easy to apply, and last forever.

Pretty Plastic contributes to a circular economy where waste does not exist and raw materials are used over and over again.

The Cladding material from upcycled plastic is for sale via the Pretty Plastic website.

Superuse: Constructing New Architecture by Shortcutting Material Flows

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 incorporate trash in their design.


Cable reels, window frames, washing machines, diapers, crates, carpet tiles, double glazing panels or old buses–you could recycle, discard or even burn all of these things. The other option is to put them to good use: ‘superuse.’ This is happening everywhere, albeit on a modest scale. Architects apply these materials in their designs. Superuse is a practical and inspiring book about constructing new buildings with surplus materials. It was initiated by Recyclicity, a Rotterdam foundation dedicated to such possibilities. Copiously illustrated with examples from the Netherlands and elsewhere, Superuse presents ideas for tools and methods for architects and superuse scouts such as the ‘harvest map’ of everything reusable within a given distance of a building site. Superuse renders the superfluous superfluous.


Rabo Bank by Refunc

Rabo Bank by Refunc

Rabo Bank by Refunc

In their history, archives have gone through considerable changes, facing numerous challenges along the way. These changes have affected archival science and practice alike. here changes and new challenges can still be experienced today, and their impact now seems even stronger than ever before. 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.


→ 500 Safe doors
→ 300 value cassettes
→ 400 safe locks
→ 200 archive shelves

Interior concept: Elske Blomme-d´Ancona

Design: Jan Korbes, Denis Oudendijk, Damian van der Velden, Bart Groenewegen and Elske Blomme-d´Ancona.

Video: courtesy of Julius Klimas / Refunc

Source: →

Print Your City

Print Your City

Print Your City! 3D printing in the circular city

Duration: 4 minutes | Language: English
The New Raw launch Print Your City!  which explores the concept of applying 3D printing to plastic waste, as a way to re-design urban space. As the name suggests, Print your City! is a call for action, rallying citizens to recycle household plastic waste in order to transform it into raw material for public furniture, via a 3D printing process. See the video campaign with an interview with the founders of The New Raw.

Trash to Treasure LAB | Shenzen

Trash to Treasure LAB | Shenzen

Superuse exhibit in Shenzhen: Trash to Treasure LAB

Trash to treasure lab shows the potential of waste for design and architecture. It includes stacks of available waste material flows in the region of Shenzhen. Next to this, the lab displays inspiring examples of design with waste by Superuse studios and several tools that help to apply the materials for designers.

The material on display is a tiny fraction of the vast volumes industry produces and currently generates little or negative value. The series of designs by Superuse Studios prove there’s a huge creative field to be explored and the potential for new value both economically, socially, and for our environment.

Their waste service desk helps those who currently seek more valuable application of their material and invites everyone to start designing the circular economy.

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