Link different. From left to right: Jos de Krieger, Césare Peeren, Jan Jongert, Floris Schiferli, Jeroen Bergsma.
HOW We think society can be progressively transformed by creating ingenious, beautiful and functional architectural and social design solutions using that which is considered ‘waste’ by many. Our work strives to harness the full potential of all types of currently underutilised resources (including material, energy, human, food, knowledge, data resources etc.) and, to identify and link surplus or waste outputs with needs or inputs. In this way society can become more sustainable, and, the current huge impact of architecture and design on energy and virgin resource use significantly reduced. To use locally sourced ‘waste’ flows and make optimal functional, aesthetic and environmentally smart use of their properties in design is what we call SUPERUSE. Clever links or shortcuts created between wasted outputs and wanted inputs is what we call ‘CYCLIFIERS’.
WHAT Superuse Studios researches, designs, and builds innovative products, interiors and buildings, and develops strategies for smart urban transformations.
WHO Superuse Studios was founded in 1997 by Césare Peeren and Jan Jongert and has become an internationally renowned pioneer in the field of sustainability.
Our Superuse philosophy and design approach is applicable at all project scales and incorporates concepts such as resource and energy efficiency, social design, circularand blue economy, and urban agriculture.
The studios are currently run by 5 engineers specialised in interventions, design, architecture, urbanism and research.
We share our approach, methods and tools through our webplatforms: superuse.org and harvestmap.org; through the book ‘Superuse’; the PBS documentary ‘Superuse’, narrated by Brad Pitt; and, by presenting at conferences worldwide; presenting for TedEX Utrecht; lecturing in Universities across Europe; and, conducting workshops.
We believe architects and designers can play a major role in transforming society by ingeniously re-using and re-linking all the materials, resources and systems that already exist. And we have been developing an approach, methods and tools to achieve this.
These engineers team up in different combinations, and with specialists from other disciplines as required to match a project’s needs.
Rotterdam, NL +31 10 4664 444 firstname.lastname@example.org superuse-studios.com