* Lecture programme is subject to change. All lectures are in English unless stated otherwise.
Morning programme: Today’s Materials for Tomorrow’s Architecture
On Wednesday 13 March, the vistor of MaterialDistrict Rotterdam can enjoy a sensational speaker programme with the theme ‘Today’s materials for tomorrow’s architecture’, in which renowned (inter)national architects, scientists, designers, and other experts share the latest innovations regarding materials.
Moderator: Peter de Winter
|11:00||Filippo Lodi, UNStudio/UNSense
Title: How do we materialize research? Products, Sustainability and Computation
Filippo Lodi holds several master degrees in engineering, architecture, art and business, making him an all-around thinker. As Head of Innovation and Knowledge Management at UNStudio, Filippo works on the development of disruptive technologies for the built environment. Alongside UNStudio, Filippo is part of the arch tech startup UNSense, whereby as part of the management team he is responsible for research and technology.
|11:30||Sylvia ten Houten, Goodhout
Title: Journey of waste into biocomposite
Sylvia ten Houten is founder of Goodhout, a company that develops sustainably-sourced, newly engineered wood made from coconut waste, as a formaldehyde-free, bio-based wood alternative.
|12:00||Maurizio Montalti, Mogu
Title: Functionalising mycelium materials for applications in interior design and beyond.
Maurizio Montalti is co-founder of Mogu, a startup company aiming to research, develop and commercialise a wide variety of bio-materials, produced from the combination of mycelium (fungi) and agro-industrial residues and co-products, for the replacement of synthetic matter, such as petroleum based plastic
|12:30||Jetske Visser & Michiel Martens, Studio Martens & Visser
Title: Transforming materials
Design studio Martens & Visser is a collaboration between Michiel Martens and Jetske Visser (Design Academy Eindhoven). Central to Martens and Visser’s work are the themes of movement and transformation inspired by nature, thereby sharing the thought of things being dynamic rather than static. Striving for a quality that mixes marvel and wonder at a surprising (in)sight and use of material and digital techniques.
Afternoon programme: Today’s Materials for Tomorrow’s Urban & Landscapes
On Wednesday 13 March, the vistor of MaterialDistrict Rotterdam can enjoy a sensational speaker programme with the theme ‘Today’s materials for tomorrow’s urban & landscapes’, in which renowned (inter)national architects, scientists, designers, and other experts share the latest innovations regarding materials.
Moderator: Peter de Winter
Title: Urban lab
Until his retirement in 2015, Cees Donkers was the urban architect of the city of Eindhoven, the Netherlands. He redeveloped the neighbourhood he lives, Witte Dorp, as well as the former Philips building De Witte Dame as the start of the transformation of the former PHILIPS factories. Donkers also started series of open debates on the redevelopment of Eindhoven, and founded together with Technical University and Design Academy Eindhoven ‘City as a Lab’, a research project on urban beautification.
|14:45||Anouk van der Poll, vanderPolloffice
Title: Nature-Based Design for Water
Anouk van der Poll, partner in multidisciplinary designstudio vanderPolloffice, founded the Embassy of Water during the Dutch Design Week of 2018. She combines her passion for water with her design perspective, creating a platform for water related innovation, aimed at achieving a sustainable, water-friendly society. By designing for water, instead of ‘against’, examining how water naturally behaves and first restoring natural processes and ecosystems.
|15:15||Eduard Böhtlingk, Böhtlingk architecture
Title: Mobility: moving architecture
Eduard Böhtlingk is a Dutch architect based in Maasland, a village near Rotterdam. The work of Böhtlingk architecture is divided into two discrete areas; fixed work and mobile work. The fixed work is diverse in building type – housing, education, industry, public buildings. The mobile work is equally diverse and includes an exhibition, a dwelling, a landscape feature, a housing design system and banking mobiles.
Lunch lecture: Oliver Heath by Interface
A sense of community has been fundamental for human survival and development throughout evolution and now more than ever, with the advent of our digital lives, communities are an essential part of our lives and help us connect with each other.
|13:00||Oliver Heath, Oliver Heath Design
Title: Creating positives spaces by designing for community
Oliver Heath is founder of Oliver Heath Design, an architectural and interior design practice combining three key strands: sustainable design, consumer engagement and communications to inspire the uptake of future thinking in the built environment. He stimulates the adoption of happier, healthier places to live and work through his projects as designer, writer, and TV presenter. Oliver is a qualified Domestic Energy and Green Deal Assessor and is passionate about sustainable design. His human centred Biophilic Design approach seeks to reduce stress by strengthening the human connection with nature to improve health and well-being in the many spaces we live and work in.
Afternoon programme: Plastic: We Love It, We Hate It
MMA2, recycling PMMA project hosts this programme all about recycling, circularity, designing in the future and the use of Acrylic and other plastic.
Moderator: Els Zijlstra
|14:00||Sied Kooistra, PyraSied XA
Title: How to make acrylic circular
Sied Kooistra is owner of PyraSied XA, a company specialised in acrylic (plexiglass), polycarbonate (Lexan) and design plastics.
|14:30||Michele Cattaneo, Madreperla
Title: From polymer to monomer: the making of Greencast, 100% recycled PMMA
Michele Cattaneo is export manger at Madreperla, Italy’s leading acrylic manufacturer and the only company producing 100% recycled Cast acrylic sheets.
|15:00||Kaori Pi, Most Collective
Title: How to design with sustainable plastic in the future
Kaori Pi is is co-founder of Most Collective, a global design collective actualising pure ideas.
|15:30||Simon van der Heijden, Heathland
Title: Recycling of end-of-life PMMA and other plastic: the status quo
Simon van der Heijden is the owner of Heathland, a Lloyd’s ISO certified recycler of post-production plastic scraps, with presence in the Netherlands, Poland and China. They offer a collection- and plastic recycling service for post-production plastic scraps such as PMMA, PC, PA, ABS and other thermoplastics.
|16:00||Discussion and Q&A about the use of plastic|