Mods are square wooden frames which can be stacked on top of each other to form a partition or a solid structure. Perfect for stages, theatre performances, pop-up stores, fairs and exhibitions.
Today was our first day in Hamburg! One of our main themes here is sustainable building. This city is located at the Elbe and close to the North Sea which means it will be be affected by rising sea levels. Building with an eye on the future is therefore important for the future of this city.
During our trip to Milan, we made use of the opportunity to visit the World Expo in Milan and to check out their level of circularity! Our visit started with Pavillion Zero, which was about the global food challenges we are facing.
Designers should consider the impact of their products, our society needs a different mindset, and it’s crucial to bring researchers, businesses and governments together to implement new technologies. These are the main conclusions of a round-the-table lunch at the Dutch Ambassador’s Residence on the 18th of May 2015. Participants: Circular thinkers from Budapest and the Nudge Circular Cities team travelling through Europe.
Who would have thought that human relations lie at the core of circular economy? It may be straightforward to conclude that the Kalundborg Industrial Symbiosis had never existed if the managing directors of the companies did not entertain the same group of friends, but this is actually putting it lightly.
In Hamburg we’ve visited the temporary exhibition on ‘Fast Fashion’ at the Museum fűr Kunst und Gewerbe (MK&G) and we spoke with Kirsten Hagemann (Greenpeace) who’s working on the current campaign against Fast Fashion. The visit was very impressive and made us think: why is it so hard to improve the way we produce, buy, use and recycle clothes, shoes and accessories?
Built in World War II, the Energy Bunker is a former anti aircraft structure. During the war, it also offered shelter for thousands of refugees. The bunker was damaged and run down in the aftermath of the war and as a ruin it was not touched for almost sixty years.
Kalundborg, is next to its historical centre, famous for having the world’s first large-scale Industrial Symbiosis. Already in the 1972, the first real symbiosis project was launched; delivery of excess gas from the refinery to the gypsum board plan built by Saint-Gobain Gypoc. Many in Kalundborg feel that waste comes totally at the end of a resource’s life cyle
What happens when a municipality and a couple of land developers are asked to find a new lay-out for an old harbour? Apparently, they start with asking some questions. For example: “ What makes a good city?” and “How can we keep warm yet stay CO2 free?”
Those who have visited Dutch train station Rotterdam Centraal might have marvelled at its high ceilings, its spacious passenger terminal and the large central square inviting travellers to walk into the city. They might even have spotted the two “speculaasjes”, two large stone cookie-shaped ornaments, remnants of the former train station, or even, squinting in the sun, the small solar cells on the glass roof.
At the Industrial Symbioses Park in Kalundborg companies use a lot of water for their production process. Companies, like Novozymes and NovoNordisk, use high quality water from a nearby lake. Within Symbiosis companies and the municipality are developing innovative ways to use that water in a smarter way, like using algae in a greenhouse!
In the catacombs of a former tropical swimming pool our Nudge Explores team is the guest of Siemen Cox, initiator of “RotterZwam the movement”. Welcome to the world of oyster mushrooms, fertilizers, hair growth-improving shampoo’s, bio-plastics, and fermentation-catalysers, all based on the coffee grounds that was otherwise thrown away.
A hybrid boat takes train passengers from the mainland of Germany to one of the Danish peninsula's that is home to Kalundborg.
First stop of the Nudge Circular Cities Tour 2015 is the city of Rotterdam in The Netherlands. Over the past few years Rotterdam became well-known for its challenging architecture. One of the striking new buildings in Rotterdam is the completely renewed Central Train Station.
Better Future Factory is a start up which focuses on re-using plastics. Their inspiration came from seeing the vast amounts of plastic cups being thrown away at the Dutch music festival Lowlands.