RE-source Collective shows ‘design research’

Festive Opening of the exhibition RE-SOURCE during the Dutch Design Week (19-27 October 2019) in Eindhoven, written by prof. dr. Ginette Verstraete

During Dutch Design Week RE-source, the winner of the Dutch Design Award 2019, will show an interactive installation on urban waste streams.
RE-source is a NWO-SIA collaboration between Design Academy Eindhoven / Lectoraat Places and Traces, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam / Design Cultures, Studio Ester van de Wiel and the municipality of Rotterdam.
RE-source uses design-based research to map out urban waste streams in order to be able to use them as a source for circular thinking, doing and learning. During Dutch Design Week 2019, RE-source will present the results of a two-year research project in which a group of designers investigated a new way of dealing with urban residual materials.
RE-source will present this research at the Eindhoven Campina site. The designers are at work there in the exhibition installation. As a visitor, you are invited to work with them to experience for yourself what it is like to turn urban waste streams towards circularity. You can also find RE-source in the Veemgebouw as part of the exhibition of the Dutch Design Awards.

The circular city
RE-source investigates the residual flows of concrete, sludge, grass, street furniture and plants. It provides insight into what the systems, locations, products and materials needed for a circular city can look like, and designs strategies to transform urban waste streams into a resource from which they can be drawn again and again. By analysing the city of Rotterdam and the underlying municipal system, RE-source tries to gain insight into the way in which the outdoor space and the associated material flows are managed and maintained. RE-source investigates which phases are distinguished, what the routes used are and which human and non-human actors – such as places, involved citizens and professionals, tools, vehicles and rules – play a role in this.

Thom Bindels

Thom Bindels with his design research ‘The Biotopic Sludge Factory’

Winner of the Design Research Award 2019
According to the jury of the Dutch Design Awards, the RE-source project is a very successful example of investigative design. For this reason, it has won the Design Research Award 2019.

The jury: “RE-source is collaboration of the highest level. The project has a richness that does justice to the complexity of the subject of circularity (…). RE-source gives a complex theme an attractive playfulness.”

Places and times
Exhibition RE-source, Campinaterrein Kanaaldijk-Zuid, Hugo van der Goeslaan Eindhoven.

Buitenplein open from 10.00 – 17.00 hrs, designers at work from 11.00 – 16.00 hrs, public presentations by designers from 15.00 – 16.00 hrs daily (except 21, 22 and 27 Oct).

Exhibition Dutch Design Awards 2019: 2nd and 3rd floor Veemgebouw, Torenallee 36 Eindhoven. Opening hours: 11.00 – 18.00 hours.

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