Unique pieces of mass production Written on November 2, 2013, by Ingeborg.

PhD student Lore Langendries connects crafts to mass manufacturing in her research project Hunacturing (HUman NAture manufaCTURING). In jewels made by lasercutting 2 circles in different parts of animal skin and folding them she unlocks a world where mass production can produce unique pieces.

Most economical type Written on April 18, 2011, by Ingeborg.

Gulliver in 8.5-point looks just as large as a type like Times in 10-point. This allows newspapers printers to use less paper and cut on paper costs. Gerard Unger designed Gulliver in 1993 but never sold it for its green values. Once again, it’s the cutting of costs that is the selling point of sustainable design.

Plastic bottle without the plastic Written on March 15, 2011, by Ingeborg.

Breaking: PepsiCo makes a petroleum free soft drink bottle. Not made from the regular non-plastic plastic and often gen-moderated corn starch, but with raw materials as switch grass, pine bark and corn husks. How about by-products from Pepsi’s food businesses (potato peels from chips,  orange peels from juice) as material?

Behind glass walls Written on July 13, 2010, by Ingeborg.

How to extend a museum housed in a traditional villa? Bureau SLA bought the neighbouring villa and built 4 bridges in between. The bridges are the largest window shopping windows in the Netherlands. The glass boxes inside, showing the glass of the National Glas Museum, are built by Piet Hein Eek. Other big names are on show behind the glass: Arnout Visser, Scholten & Baijings.

Neighbour to Zumthor Written on February 3, 2010, by Ingeborg.

What if you want to build a holiday home in sight of the architecural highlight Therme Vals? SeARCH and CMA found underground was the respectful place. Still the space and style of their Villa Vals displays a high architectural value for itself. The process was flexibel, making room to welcome unintended presents like a hidden well, lost brick, Swiss craftmenship and child’s play.

Vouwwow in the park Written on November 30, 2009, by Ingeborg.

A cardboard strip that is easy to carry, easy to fold into a chair and easy to produce. Vouwwow can be taken to the park or an event, anywhere that you would want a chair. I can also see temporary events use this cheap transportable chair. Vouwwow by Maartje Nuy and Joost van Noort won the Thonet / Mart Stam prize for innovative chair design.

Fuel cell boat through the canals Written on November 30, 2009, by Ingeborg.

If you’re not the kind of tourist in Amsterdam that wants to exhaust fumes into the air (in any way), your boating trip can be emission free as of today. The new tourist boat by Lovers drives on electrics powered by a fuel cell. The energy that makes the electrolysis  to get energy into the H2 is delivered by a wind park in the North Sea.

Worn relics Written on November 22, 2009, by Ingeborg.

If you don’t fancy “I love bamboo” on your T-shirt, there’s a new option for green clothing. At Worn Relics (idea by Ruby Hoette) you can exchange your clothing and get a story with it too. To join you need a number coded worn label. On the label of a trenchcoat: “This jacket is STOLEN! From my old boss. He owed me money, so I stole his jacket.” Brilliant.

Libeskind Villa Written on September 29, 2009, by Ingeborg.

On 29/9/2009 I witnessed Daniel Libeskind open a new villa of his own hand. It’s the first of a limited edition of 30 villa’s to be build all over the world. Regional exclusivity will be granted if you buy this villa made in zink. You will also keep yourself from the stress of building your own home, since the Libeskind will be delivered as you’ve seen it and fully furnished. Art or architecture?

Villa built from waste Written on September 24, 2009, by Ingeborg.

Finally! We’ve been drewling over artist impressions and construction pictures for over a year, but Villa Welpeloo is finally ready for its occupants. The 300 m2 villa worth almost a million euros proves sustainable building doesn’t have to show. 80% of the building material is second hand, but that you only find out after gazing at its beauty.

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