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EU2016 arts & design programme

Living in bread and bones

FabCity Update on building with Waste

It almost felt like a fairytale: stools made out of bones and beewax-glazed wood. A building made out of bread and even shaped like a loaf. It was the imagination of the artstudents of Willem de Kooning, that captured the attention of the audience at the FabCity Campus update #7: building with Waste.

The stools and buildings were some of the winning results of a design challenge commissioned by FabCity Campus. Second year students of Willem de Kooning, arts academy in Rotterdam, were asked to design a stool and a pavilion (for the campus) using waste-material. The three winners, all girls, presented their visions at the update last week at Pakhuis de Zwijger, to a room largely filled with campus-participants.

from left to right: Romery Koreman, Femke Vink and Linda Rekelhof

from left to right: Romeny Koreman, Femke Vink and Linda Rekelhof

Loaf of bread

Architect and lecturer Jacques Vink introduced his students with due pride. He told how all of the contenders learned by doing: designing and building a simple stool first before thinking out a complex biobased pavilion.
Romeny Koreman was the first one up. She explained how in Amsterdam alone, 400.000 loafs of bread are thrown away each day. If she were to collect the bread for producing biogas, she stated, it could provide 34 families with energy. Her pavilion would be shaped in the form of a loaf of bread – the material would be collected in special containers placed in neighbourhoods.

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Linda Rekelhof named her pavilion The Green Edge; it is largely made out of paper pulp. She experimented with the pulp for the seat of her stool – the legs were made out of beeswax-glazed wood, to make it rainproof. The pavilion would be built with wood and so-called papercrete – concrete which consists for 50 percent of paper. The beams will hold small windmills (as it is always windy at the Head of Java-island) to produce energy for charging laptops of campus users and visitors.

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A storm of interest was provoked by Femke Vink’s chair out of bones – material she finds close at home: her father’s butchery. ‘He has to pay companies to take the bones away’, she explained her choice. Building a complete pavilion out of bones proved a step too far. Her flexible working space, where seats and desks are adjusted to the levels of pollution in the air, is made out of cork and other waste products from the agricultural industry. The green roof of the pavilion provides for much needed clean air. The audience, especially her fellow creators, showed a keen interest in her idea of using bones as a building material. And in her dad, who was also present. We haven’t heard the last of it.


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