8 x PechaKucha talks @SYMBIOSIS 2022

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On SYMBIOSIS 2022, 8 bioneers present their way of collaborating with nature in a format that we often use in BlueCity: Pecha Kucha. Join in for 10 amazing, creative, inspiring, constructive, out-of-the-box stories. Check them here to get a glimpse of what they will share.

Nitrogen trade, the currency for regeneration of oyster coral reefs – by George Birch, Oyster Heaven
The fastest and most effective means to fund regenerating our lost oyster reefs is to flip the way we relate ourselves financially to these species, and collaborate on what they can help us solve: our nitrogen crisis. George shares his journey and explains his unusual business model resulting in jobs, healthy oyster reefs housing billions of sea creatures, carbon storage, stablising our shores and preventing tidal surges.

100% biobased neighborhood – by Yvette Govaert, BigPicture
Things don’t work, until we make them work. A consortium of six pioneers (Green Village, Big Picture, SuperUse Studios, BlueCity Lab and Doepel Strijkers) present a 100% biobased neighborhood. No compromises, only biobased methods and materials. No pilot, but making it real. Yvette Govaert shares her plan in a Pecha Kucha at SYMBIOSIS 2022 and is looking for someone who wants this neighborhood in their municipality.

Fabulous Fungi: colors from the soil by Ilse Kremer, Fabulous Fungi
There are different fungal species that create pigments which can be used for textile dyeing. After identifying methods on growing fungi and extracting the pigments, Ilse created fungal dye. She shares how she employs these fascinating organisms and how we can start designing with them in the near future.

Design for Bio-Inclusive Cities by Pierre Oskam and Max Latour, Urban Reef 
To grow a city that is not only for humans, Urban Reef experiments with bio-materials, situations and natural algorithms. Pierre and Max work on 3D printed Urban Reefs that consist of a labyrinth of shelters for a variety of organisms. At Symbiosis Festival, they share their journey in finding balance between bio and human made objects, and take you along the design and intention behind the experimental two Rain Reefs that are placed on the north- and south-side of the BlueCity building.

The 10 from 010 by Joni Reijven, Municipality of Rotterdam
Seven animals and three plants symbolize biodiversity in Rotterdam in 2021 and 2022. Each month, the city focuses on a plant or animal and shares the importance of this species, what you can do to help this species and biodiversity in general. Campaign organizer Joni Reijven highlights some of the results from this campaign, seen from both humans and non-humans. Prepare for a fun learning experience on how to communicate the importance of biodiversity in a clear way.

The regenerating power of herbs – Thirza – Curls & Herbs
Thirza got burned out in 2017 and felt depressed while she had to take care of her 3 children. Things changed positively when she started doing voluntary work in an edible garden in her neighbourhood. She decided to start a study herbal medicine and is currently spending most of her time with promoting a natural lifestyle and the magical power of herbs. In this PechaKucha, Thirza will share some of the most interesting herbs and their beneficial effects for us humans with us.

Biobased construction materials, grown in region Rotterdam by Ton Bontekoe and Johannes Regelink, Squarewise

In one of the polders of the Hoekse Waard, an interesting field of crops is growing, initiated by a novel consortium. Rotterdam-based real estate developer VORM grows 12 ha of fiber rich crops with a supershort CO2 cycle for biobased construction materials to help initiate a local production chain for biobased materials from soil to clients. Farmer and permaculture expert Johannes Regelink and biobased construction expert Ton Bontekoe explain why it is important to start growing our own materials, and share their plan and how this supports biodiversity, regenerate soil, draws down CO2 and stimulates an economy that is completely new (or old): the one of making materials ourselves instead of shipping them from overseas.

Polyfenoles: finding diamonds in foodwaste by Ahmer and Sarah Ashraf
One-third of all food produced in the world is wasted. Perishable fresh produce is amongst the largest contribution to food wastage and may be the easiest to save and help feed millions at lower costs. Ahmer and Sarah Ashraf founded SavFood with the aim to reduce food waste, create innovative products from potential waste and employ techniques that increase the life of these products. They share their search for the diamonds in what others perceive as waste.