Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building

Sometimes it feels like an impasse: the enormous climate challenge on the one hand and the enormous construction task on the other. As the Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building, we take up this challenge. We – designers, entrepreneurs, researchers and policymakers – investigate possible solutions and offer new perspectives in the field of circular and biobased design, construction and living.

Sometimes it feels like an impasse: the enormous climate challenge on the one hand and the enormous construction task on the other. As the Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building, we take up this challenge. We – designers, entrepreneurs, researchers and policymakers – investigate possible solutions and offer new perspectives in the field of circular and biobased design, construction and living.

Through research, experiment, storytelling, imagination (materialization) and meetings, we work on new perspectives for sustainable (circular and biobased) building and living; a circular living environment. We conduct research into the possibilities of new biobased materials with high design quality and circular construction methods such as detachability and modularity. We also investigate specific themes related to system change:

  • Health: From polluted air to breathing homes
  • Agriculture: From agriculture to arable land
  • Neighborhoods of the future: From paved to living neighbourhoods
  • Value: From linear to circular

We include both professionals and the general public in the results of our search. We tell you what we have discovered, but also what we don’t know yet. We show the possibilities and the pain points. And we invite everyone to think and participate. With the aim of redirecting the conversation from “is this possible?” towards “how are we going to do this well together?”. In this way we aim to advance towards a shared and consolidated reappraisal of what is of value.

In 2019 we presented the award-winning The Growing Pavilion. In 2020 we started a groundbreaking living lab; The Exploded View. This lab is a collaboration and ongoing open source research of builders, producers, farmers, scientists, designers, governments, knowledge institutes, storytellers and artists united in The Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building. Together we advocate for serious upscaling and a thorough system change, because you build a whole world if you build biobased.

In 2020 we showed with the installation “The Exploded View Methods & Materials” how we want to radically re-examine the realization of a home. The installation now travels to various locations to inspire people with the existing and future possibilities of sustainable building and living.

In 2021 we went a step further with The Exploded View Beyond Building. This is an iconic expo-installation of a full-size house that consists entirely of biobased materials, circular methods and stories about the changing value chain of which it is part. This life-size biobased house stimulates all your senses and shows you the circular future. Next, The Exploded View Beyond Building will be at the Floriade (14 April – 9 October 2022) in Almere.

The Embassy is currently working on the development of the narrative.

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.

Programme

Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building
Projects
Show only:

The Exploded View – Beyond Building

16 Oct 2021

The Exploded View Materials & Methods

18 Nov 2021
Events

Past events

Updates

Filter on type

  • Editiorial
  • News
  • Podcast
  • Video
  • Clear filters
Editiorial

WDE Spotlight: Shaakira Jassat

News

Visit The Exploded View at Floriade 2022

Editiorial

Retrospective 2021: Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building

News

Breaking the long building chain together

Video

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
News

Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building at DDW

Editiorial

WDE Spotlight: RikMakes

Dutch Design Week
News

This is what the Embassies will present at Dutch Design Week

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

The Exploded View: a biobased house as a starting point for a different value system

The Exploded View
News

Visit The Exploded View in Design Museum Gent

Image by Nanno Simonis and Eric Melander
Editiorial

Retrospective 2020: Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building

Editiorial

Clay and straw as modern building materials

News

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

News

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

Editiorial

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

Editiorial

Retrospective 2019: Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building

Editiorial

Retrospective 2018: Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building

Partners of Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building

chapter-arrow icon-arrow-down icon-arrow-short icon-arrow-thin icon-close-super-thin icon-play icon-social-facebook icon-social-instagram icon-social-linkedin icon-social-twitter icon-social-youtube