Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building

The climate crisis and the enormous pressure on the housing market present us with an enormous task. As Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building, we’re willing to take up that challenge. How do we ensure that the hundreds of thousands of houses that have to be built won’t be made of materials that are bad for nature? Within the Embassy, designers, organisations, researchers and policymakers are looking for new perspectives and solutions in circular and biobased design, construction and living.

Process

The journey started in 2019 when we presented The Growing Pavilion, which won several awards. In 2020, we started a living lab, collaborative and open-source research that resulted in two expo installations. First of all, The Exploded View – Methods & Materials (2020): a house pulled apart, scale 1:4, shows how we want to rethink the realisation of a home radically. In 2021 we took it a step further with The Exploded View – Beyond Building. It became an iconic exhibition in the form of a house that consists entirely of biobased materials, circular construction methods and stories about its part in the changing value chain. The Exploded View – Beyond Building can be seen at Floriade Expo 2022 (April 14 – October 9, 2022) in Almere. Walls made of algae, home-grown vegetables on the wall and a kitchen made from leftover food; this life-size biobased house stimulates all your senses and shows you the circular future.

Beyond Building

It goes beyond construction; we need a completely new value system. The old system doesn’t change easily; we should no longer always focus on more, bigger and better, but on cyclical thinking. With more attention to nature and – hopefully – less inequality. We examine four themes intending to change the system: health, agriculture, neighbourhoods of the future and the value system. 

We include professionals and the general public in our search results. We tell what we have discovered and what we do not know yet. And we invite everyone to brainstorm and participate. To change the conversation from “is this possible?” to “how are we going to do this well together?”. In this way, we are evolving towards revaluating what we value.

2022 & 2023: Taking a moment and looking ahead

2022 will be a year in which we, as the Embassy, assess the state of affairs in relation to the change in the value system. Which new perspectives have arisen, which may have already been used, and which need acceleration? We are getting down to business and setting the tone for the coming years with a programmed exhibition and meetings. 

At the same time, the Embassy is starting a new living Lab: Possible Landscapes. It’s clear that those of us in the Netherlands want to move towards a more sustainable and circular living environment. That’s great, but how do you do that, and what does that actually mean? What impact does this have on how we renovate, build up and tear down? How do we grow and harvest? How are we housed and live? How do we create a sustainable, circular living environment for people and nature? On a larger landscape scale and what might this look like? There is no one answer to that. In 2022 and 2023, we will look for answers to these questions, which we want to show and experience in a new, modular exhibition about tomorrow’s (Dutch) living environment, which we will present starting in 2023.

This Embassy has two curators, one of which is Lucas De Man. He graduated in Germanic Languages from the KU Leuven in 2004. Subsequently, he studied directing at the Amsterdam School of the Arts. Besides his work as director of Stichting Nieuwe Helden and Biobased Creations, Lucas works as a (freelance) director, actor and concept developer. He presents several cultural TV programs including Man and Art and Kunstuur (AVROTROS). He often hosts large and small events in the Netherlands and Belgium and gives lectures.

The other curator of the Embassy is Pascal Leboucq. He is a designer and a scenographer. He was classically trained as a sculptor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and specialized in public space at Design Academy in Eindhoven. He is chief designer at Stichting Nieuwe Helden and Biobased Creations, creating biobased pavilions, exhibitions and cross-disciplinary installations. He also works as a freelance scenographer for several theatre companies in the Netherlands and abroad.

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Circular construction requires a different landscape

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The Exploded View is longlisted for the Dezeen Awards 2022

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Watch the WDE Talk: How can biobased construction contribute to a sustainable future?

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WDE Spotlight: Shaakira Jassat

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Visit The Exploded View at Floriade 2022

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Retrospective 2021: Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building

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Breaking the long building chain together

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Curator Tour: Lucas De Man takes you through The Exploded View Beyond Building

The Exploded View: Beyond Building by the Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building
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Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building at DDW

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WDE Spotlight: RikMakes

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This is what the Embassies will present at Dutch Design Week

The Exploded View: Beyond Building by the Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building
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The Exploded View: a biobased house as a starting point for a different value system

The Exploded View
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Visit The Exploded View in Design Museum Gent

Image by Nanno Simonis and Eric Melander
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Retrospective 2020: Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building

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Clay and straw as modern building materials

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BPD will provide 1,000 new homes with a materials passport in 2020

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Partners of Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building share their expertise and their questions

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A house of popcorn and mushrooms: join the creation process of The Exploded View

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Retrospective 2019: Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building

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Retrospective 2018: Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building

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