Report: Build Small, Live Self-Sufficient

What can we learn from Tiny Houses for future living?

In the running up to the Arts & Design program Europe by People, the Future of Everyday Living on behalf of the Dutch EU presidency, Pakhuis de Zwijger organizes the program series EU2016 FabCity Update. This series covers subjects and projects that (potentially) can be found on the FabCity Campus. The #2 EU2016 FabCity Update ‘Build Small, Live Self-Sufficient’ focused on sustainable housing and reducing the impact on the environment.

The evening opened with a FabCity Campus Update by Christel van de Craats, which included the latest artist impressions and developments around the FabCity Campus, to ensure that everyone in the room was properly introduced to the plans.

Christel van de Craats

Christel van de Craats ©Lena van der Wal

Next up was Tom van de Beek, who introduced the topic of the evening and explained that we should be more in balance with nature and be more aware of our impact on the environment. He is suggesting to slow down and learn more from nature. He introduced his two organizations: The Tipping Point and Bushwick.

Tom van de Beek

Tom van de Beek ©Lena van der Wal

After Tom’s introduction, three projects were presented. First up was Jelte Glas, part of Woonpioniers and builder of the Porta Palace, a bio-based tiny house. He agreed with Tom that it’s important to slow down in order to rebalance with nature and our personal desires. The next speaker was Koen Kaljee, he is working on the Drijfveer, a floating building. He also uses bio-based materials, which he has found in the local area around his building site. Gert van der Vugt, the last speaker of the evening and creator of Sustainerhomes, did only partly agree with the prior projects, suggesting that we should not slow down, but speed up, and use new technologies. He thinks that we quickly need to change our way of living.

Jelte Glas - Woonpioniers

Jelte Glas – Woonpioniers ©Lena van der Wal

Koen Kaljee - De Drijfveer

Koen Kaljee – De Drijfveer ©Lena van der Wal

Gert van Vugt - Sustainer Homes

Gert van Vugt – Sustainer Homes ©Lena van der Wal

After these wonderful talks, there were two short pitches given by Rick Buchter from Wikkelhuis and Florian Beukeboom from Flo.Co. The Wikkelhuis is a house made of cardboard. It is made into segments that can be linked together, so it has many possibilities and it is three times more sustainable than regular buildings.

Rick Buchter - Winkelhuis

Rick Buchter – Winkelhuis ©Lena van der Wal

Florian told the audience about his Moveable Wastehouse, which will be created to rise awareness on the usability of waste materials.

Florian Beukeboom - Flo.Co

Florian Beukeboom – Flo.Co ©Lena van der Wal

The second part of the evening was about the FabCity Campus and a discussion was opened on how the insights of the evening could be implemented on the FabCity Campus. The audience suggested that the campus could be a place where people meet and learn from each other, thus focusing on the social aspects and possibilities of such a place.

The next EU2016 FabCity Update is named ‘Festivals: more than music’ and will take place on the 10th of November. Festivals have gained multiple goals and functions over the years. Nowadays it is a place of co-creation, creativity, sustainability and experimenting and during the third EU2016 FabCity Update we will focus on these aspects. You can attend the evening right here.