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Sustainable Rotterdam

The city is re-inventing itself

Lunch with Prof. B.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

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In this second episode of the Sustainable Rotterdam Video Series, Prof. Brezet reviews current activities at DfS, its connection with Rotterdam, and his view on the future of sustainable product design.

Professor Han Brezet pioneered the field of sustainable product design with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) "Promise" Ecodesign Manual. Since 1992, "Prof. B." has been the head of the Design for Sustainability program at Delf University of Technology (NL), where sustainable product design is holistically researched.

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Prepare for the night; dress your best outfit, call your friends, and meet them at the Sustainable Dance Club. We know, it's not there yet, but things are moving fast at Döll Lab and Enviu and the latest news announce the launching of the official website. What are you waiting for? All you wanted to know about the Sustainable Dance Club and never dare to ask, is served here.

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Interaction Meets Sustainability

Sunday, March 18, 2007

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It's amazing how connections are made here in Rotterdam. Yesterday I visited the space that Enviu recently acquired to set up the future Creative Hub of Rotterdam. This will be a flexible working space where social entrepreneurs can develop their professional activities and interact with like-minded people.

While visiting the space, I met Daan Roosegaarde; an interactive artist interested in the relationship between body and the surrounding. Roosegaarde recently set up an interactive landscape in Amsterdam named Dune 4.0 of which an adapted version will be displayed at the Hub. In this short interview, he is also talking about the latest developments regarding the energy generating dancefloor.

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Cost-effective Recycling

Thursday, March 15, 2007

We read at Springwise:

Going green has gotten a lot more enticing to consumers in communities served by Philadelphia-based RecycleBank. Households can earn RecycleBank Dollars, redeemable for discount coupons at select retailers, just for putting their recyclables out to be collected. But the incentives don't stop there. It's also great promotion and community recognition for participating businesses. Sound too good to be true? Well, you may be surprised to learn that it's even more cost-effective than most traditional recycling programs. Read more

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Sustainable Rotterdam Google Group

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Things are getting busy here, so I didn't have the opportunity to update the blog as often as I would like to. Moreover, I just set a Google Group in order to extend the conversation in a more dynamic way.

The idea just came from a Lazy Sushi Sunday at Stef's van Dongen apartment. It has been an amazing evening with excellent food from Taji “the Chef”, touchy tunes from Charlie Dee, and good conversation with all sort of creative professionals.

The Sustainable Rotterdam Google Group is a great tool to interact amongst those interested to provide their view regarding sustainability and cites, especially Rotterdam. So, subscribe to the group, check what others have said and add your own comments.

Check the Google Group

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