Food for Thought, How to Biodesign, New Materials

From sewage waste to raw material – recap How To Biodesign #8

How To Biodesign – 8

What can we do with your poo? Can we harvest human sewage and create a new, raw material from it? In the 8th edition of How to Biodesign, BlueCity Lab explored how we can extract useful nutrients to create new materials.

This How To Biodesign was a special Dutch Design Week edition where designers, entrepreneurs, researchers, policymakers and storytellers, work together in “The Embassy of Circular and Biobased Building on “The Exploded View”. A detached house that has been rebuilt using circular methods and biobased materials. This unique project shows the existing and future possibilities of sustainable building and living. Dutch Design Week was organized from 17 to 25 October 2020. Thanks to the work of visual artist Herman Weeda, the summary of the conversation is mapped in a beautiful drawing.

This month’s speakers

Studio Nienke Hoogvliet is a design studio for material research, experimental and conceptual design. The studio consists of the founder Nienke Hoogvliet (1989) and Tim Jongerius (1988). Nienke graduated from Lifestyle & Design at the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam. Tim graduated from the faculty of Architecture at the TU Delft. Since the studio was founded in 2013 they have a main focus on materials that can contribute to a more holistic world. The projects raise awareness of social and environmental problems in the textile, leather and food industry. By creating innovative alternatives they hope to change perspectives and systems.

Huub Looze & Pascal Lebouqu – Omlab x The Exploded View

Omlab makes the difference, literally by developing and making biobased. Global challenges such as climate change, CO2 emissions, soil subsidence and scarcity of fossil resources require smart, local future, nature and generation-proof solutions. We, Huub Looze and Margreet van Uffelen, do not want to wait. Omlab is our way of doing something now. Omlab develops and makes new material compositions, 0-series, prototypes and series up to 100 pieces of regional residual and waste flows. Huub created for a maquette of a future biobased home a 3d printed toiletbloc from sewage waste.

Peter Scheer – Semilla

Clean water for everyone. Peter Scheer founded Semilla with that main goal. In the meantime, his focus has widened. In the festival industry and beyond, toilets, catering, and showers all need water and produce wastewater streams. Using space technology, Semilla and Nijhuis Industries are able to close water circuits at festival sites and hopefully oneday in BlueCity as well.

How to Biodesign Meetup

Climate crisis asks for regenerative design. With the meetup series How to Biodesign, BlueCity Lab provides a platform for and by bioneers (pioneers in biodesign). Together with William Myers (curator, author, and teacher in Biodesign), we explore the opportunities from a systemic approach to raw material flows, making smart use of the latest knowledge and expertise about circular design, but also from biotechnology and biochemistry.

The monthly meet-ups facilitate interaction between bioneers who are already working and those who want to get started with biodesign and biofabrication, provide a platform for sharing stories and experiences and actively share knowledge, know-how and insights from the meetups to a broader audience.

Let’s stay connected

– You are welcome to join this linkedin group for Bioneers to be able to connect with each other outside these meetups.
– Check out the Guardian article on BlueCity. And follow BlueCity Lab on instagram to stay tuned on what’s growing in our Lab
– In case you have no clue what we were talking about when mentioning the Doughnut Economy: check this video for the great work of Kate Raworth and her team.
– You’re invited to the upcoming How To Biodesign meetups, check the agenda of BlueCity for upcoming meetups.