OPINION, FASCINATION AND SHARED KNOWLEDGE
Apart from the stories that I have written I have published a series of articles to express my thoughts on various topics. In 1997 I wrote an article (only in Dutch) based on a theoretical diagram. The diagram consists of four groups of eco-design that originate from the combination of two different parameters: 1) old or new materials and 2) intented or alternative function. The title of this article refers to the last group in this diagram: the reuse of rotten, apparently useless refuse. My fascination with new and sustainable materials has lead to two different articles.
The first (only in Dutch) was written for a magazine on architecture. This article gives an overview of twenty different materials selected by sustainable performance. These materials are seperated in groups like ‘pure nature’ and ‘plastic fantastic’. The title derives from the last relatively new group that I discussed: materials with an interesting and sustainable story line.
Materials Paradise is the second publication (only in Dutch) on new materials. Here I fantasized about a place nonexistent on earth. I still long for this magnificent building. Thirteen stores high, each store dedicated to a different group of materials. Free entrance for all and a lot of information available. Would you like to know more about the characteristics of a new composite or feel the soft surface of the newest plastic on the market? Materials Paradise is the place to be.
At times I feel the urge to write about a subject that bothers me. When the world turned mad on september 11th 2001 I wrote this article (only in Dutch) on the possible effects of the attacks and the following ‘war on terrorism’ for the design field. I felt it is part of our responsibility to make an end to the injustice in a world were more then one billion people live on less than one dollar a day. I am convinced that this disbalance is one of the factors feeding terrorism.
Another article (translated in English) deals with the idea of the experience economy and the consequences of such a structure in society for the development of new materials. It was published in a catalogue accompanying an exhibition on new materials.
My first elaborate essay was published in a book on retail design. It deals with the subject of the sustainable experience. The essay is an effort to define this term by explaining what is not sustainable in the shopping culture and what is. The essay is also a strong plea for the survival of Homo Ludens, e.g. man the player. The book can be purchased at Episode publishers.
In this column for the Design & Emotion Society I wrote about the promising connection between sustainability and experience design. It was the first time I presented a possible definition of the sustainable experience.
For People, Planet & Profit, a magazine on sustainable development I wrote an article on the successful introduction of so called Organoponicos in Havana, Cuba. These public organic gardens provide citizens with fresh, local food as an alternative for energy intensive large scale agriculture.
This photo essay was published in the Dutch magazine TAGMAG. The essay is a compilation of pictures mostly taken in the desert combined with striking environmental facts of Qatar, being the country with the highest CO2 emission per capita.
Apart from articles I like to write small pieces of text as well. Like this one:
There is no beginning
there is no end
All that counts
is now my friend
The photo essay on Qatar was developed in cooperation with graphic designer Mark Mulder.
The graphic design fot the essay in the book on retail design has been done by Lonneke Wennekendonk.