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SUSTAINABILITY AT SCHOOL


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REcentre challenges designers and design students out of the Meuse-Rhine Euregion to tackle real life business cases. Experts assist the participants during hands-on workshops. Participants get to know more about sustainability while practising their presentation skills. The results are sustainable and economically feasible concepts which can be realized by the company who proposed the actual case. These projects are an extension of the sustainable themes that were treated during Sustainability at School 2009 - 2010: ‘water’, ‘local 80 km’ and ‘multifunctionality’.

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The concept ‘Sustainability at School’ brings together designers, design students, faculty and sustainability experts to work on sustainable themes that affect our society. To involve the students into an economic reality, REcentre chose to work with two organisations with a ‘real’ question. By means of three interactive workshops guided by sustainability experts the students are challenged to come up with feasible design concepts which can be implemented by the organisations. Workshop one focuses on the problem statement, workshop two on finding sustainable solutions and workshop three on the presentation of the students’ results to a professional jury.

The cases Les Ardentes: the organisation Les Ardentes is a four day music festival in Liège (BE). The festival has an appealing lineup with international talent. 70.000 visitors a year come to Les Ardentes and a lot of them stay overnight and camp for 4 nights. The challenge Les Ardentes challenged the participants of ‘Sustainability at School’ to find sustainable solutions for the energy procurement, the transport, waste management, catering and camping facilities of the festival. www.lesardentes.be

Dingens Barometers: the organisation Dingens Barometers (Beverlo, BE) is an international producer of barometers. Due to the exclusion of mercury in the production of barometers, this company was forced into a different direction. They invested time and effort together with partners such as UHasselt and Innovatiecentrum to create a barometer that contains no mercury: the Innovacelli. The challenge Paul Dingens challenged the students to give advice how to launch this sustainable product on the market and how the barometer can become part of contemporary interiors (opposed to the fact that barometers have a kind of old-fashioned image). www.barometers.com

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Case 1: Les Ardentes All aspects of society are to become more sustainable. Music festivals are in a unique position to respond to this need. They can activate a huge crowd at once. Les Ardentes seizes this opportunity by reviewing its logistics system, catering facilities, camping grounds,... in a sustainable way. Les Ardentes wants to go further than the usual reusable cup. They want to have an integrated sustainable system of facilities. They have a huge advantage as they can rely on a lot of partners, sponsors and artists to make a sustainable festival work.

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Les Ardentes:

Les Ardentes: the concepts

A framework to discuss sustainable problems. Various tools such as the ‘backcasting’ principle offered a common language for students to propose sustainable concepts for the music festival Les Ardentes. Participants had to imagine themselves at a point in a future stage while looking back to the current sustainable status of the music festival in order to envision a perfect sustainable make-over for Les Ardentes.

The team of Ben Hagenaars, Ken Hendriks, Ollivier Piqueray and Virginia Tassinari came up with the concept of ‘Recycle Lunaparc CARNIVALE’, focusing on the fun and social element of waste management and recycling. The concept was based on a carnival: activities such as ‘shoot the garbage’, ‘design your own waste carousel’, ‘seed-coins’, ‘build your own village from old tents, truck bashes,’… were much appreciated by the jury.

Members of the Les Ardentes organisation gave relevant input for the participants, such as festival area plans, access info, sponsorship policy, figures of visitors, waste and water management, the current status of sustainable facets of the festival,... The participants studied the documentation to prepare sustainable festival solutions. Les Ardentes questioned concepts that raise the awareness of visitors regarding sustainable behavior whilst staying at their festival site. The camp site could be improved for logistics and placement of tents, camping facilities and waste management.

Caroline Brouir designed a human movement powered floor, the more people dance and jump on the platform, the more energy will be generated to provide power for the festival. Sandrine Brasseur created an information panel that can be customised with logos and taglines of sustainable partners. Holes in the panel to stick your head and arms through invite interaction and make clear that you are supporting a sustainable goal. As the festival site is located along the river, Daniel Colard, Vincent Dewez, Julien Mottet, Thomas Proot and Jean-François Parisse teamed up and worked on a floating element to transport waste by the river to the composting site further down the river.

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Les Ardentes: the results The jury was very positive towards the involvement and awareness created by the proposals. Gadgets or souvenirs for festival visitors result in piles of extra waste. Les Ardentes was satisfied by the different proposals: “All of them were interesting in their way, sometimes funny, sometimes unworkable for financial or security reasons, but always creative.� As Les Ardentes wants to improve their camping, they liked the idea of an eco village. Recycle Lunaparc is a usable concept that creates the atmosphere Les Ardentes wants to offer to the visitors. Therefore they chose the Lunaparc concept to be the winner and offered them a one-day ticket for the festival. Limburg.net, a governmental waste management company also continues a collaboration with the winning group to further develop their concept to be used on festivals in Belgian Limburg.

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The ideas of saving ecocredits by festival bracelets, using tickets for drinks as little paperbags with grass seeds, and shooting at empty cans are simple but enjoying games that are very feasible to implement. Other ideas that were positively evaluated by the jury: Furniture constructed of empty bottles or other waste that can be downcycled, a railsystem to shove empty bottles on that will create a logo when the rails are filled and an isle with eco sanitary. Amandine Vandermeir from Court-Circuit (music promotion centre) will collaborate with Thomas Proot (product designer, student at St. Luc Liège) to develop sustainable furniture for concerts they promote. Members of the jury: Annick De Paepe - Limburg.net Hany Libon - Les Ardentes Amandine Vandermeir - Court Circuit

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“As Les Ardentes wants to improve their camping, they liked the idea of an eco village.“ Les Ardentes, the results

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03 Š Luc Garnier for Les Ardentes

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Case 2: Dingens Barometers

A barometer is not a product on top of everybody’s mind. Paul Dingens gave an introduction on older and newer models in his barometer museum and explained that he wants his company to go into a new direction. Dingens Barometers has great expertise in the technical aspects of barometers and wants to use that for modern and sustainable models for contemporary interiors.

“Challenging students to find opportunities to launch a sustainable product on the market and to question how this product can become a part of contemporary interiors.� about Dingens Barometers workshop

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Dingens Barometers: Expert Katja Craeghs presented the concept of crosslinking; combining products and services that go beyond the obvious. In this way, participants were forced to think of new applications, functions and purposes for barometers. Dingens Barometers is a company that defines its business as designing and producing barometers. A business can be defined in terms of three dimensions: customer groups, customer needs, and technology.

At the end various growth opportunities for Dingens Barometers were identified: opportunities to achieve further growth within current business. • opportunities to build or acquire business that is related to current business integrative opportunities. • opportunities to add attractive business that is unrelated to current business. •

The participants had to redefine these three aspects and questioned themselves “How do you draw attention of the customer to the product?”, “How do we get the product more interesting for the customer?”, “Who are the customers?”, “What are they looking for?”, “What is the meaning of a barometer for them?”.

Innovacelli Barometer © Dingens Barometers

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Dingens Barometers: the concepts Fabio Lorefice came up with the ‘Bally’: a smiley that has a happy face when the sun is shining and is a bit sad when it rains. Showing emotions creates interaction and it gives an easy to understand indication of the weather. Sofie Rasschaert developed the ‘Droplet’: an egg-shaped barometer and thermometer that you can use outdoors as well as indoors. The droplet is made out of UV resistant plastic. The simple form and easy to use system appealed to the jury. Kristof Liesenborghs worked on the reduction of the material used for making a barometer. He created a simple concept for a standing, table-size barometer made out of aluminium. Next to that he came up with ‘e²’, a model that can be used for expeditions and exists out of three layers: outer part (shock absorbing), inner part (load cell) and the technology used. Johan Langens wants kids to understand weather and made a red mushroom with a pixie coming out when it’s good weather. Nisse Heleven went back to nature and created a fern out of silicone or shape memory alloy which opens when it’s good weather.

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Elina Gatto combines art with functionality and created a concept of a painting with a canvas out of stretch material which you can customise. An embedded barometer is peeping out of the painting. Steven Kaelen presented the ‘white house’: a digital version of a weather house with a female figure appearing when it’s good weather and a male figure coming out when it will rain. Dries Vandecruys created a do-it-yourself concept with which you can create your own barometer using the lid of a ‘Nutella’ pot and a standard scale. Thijs Van de Broek was inspired by the ink calendar of Oscar Diaz. He created a paper barometer indicating the days of the month. The better the weather that day, the more ink will flow through the circuit embedded in the paper barometer. The concept allows to have a look at the weather in the past. Additionally you can personalise the calendar by writing something on it for a particular day. René Krichels ended up by proposing to build the world’s biggest barometer on a famous square.

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“Back to nature with a fern out of silicone.� Nisse Heleven about his barometer

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Dingens Barometers: the results Simplifying the design of the barometer improves the understanding of this tool and makes it easier to understand and predict the weather. Most of the proposed concepts are eye-catchers for contemporary interiors. The use of the ‘old’ concept of weather houses in a contemporary context is interesting. The jury was in favour of mechanical systems instead of digital ones, because it will prolong the lifespan of the product. Also mechanical barometers are within the expertise of Dingens Barometers. The overall conclusion was that participants worked with single materials instead of the variety of materials that Dingens uses for their barometers, they proposed simple and easy to read measurement instruments and most of all, they created interaction with the user.

Paul Dingens was satisfied with the results. The students have shown that the actual functionality is not key when the design is emphasised. Good examples of this are the Droplet of Sofie Rasschaert and the weather houses that Sofie and Steven Kaelen proposed. Depending on investments they would like to develop the more advanced concepts. Dingens is keeping an eye on the designs of Johan Langens and Kristof Liesenborghs (Innovated and e²). Members of the jury: Bert Celis - Innovatiecentrum Paul Dingens - Dingens Barometers Evelyn Lafond - OVAM David Pas - Industrial Designer

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Š Sofie Rasschaert

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The road to a Sustainable Summer School The workshops in the Sustainability at School program are part of a wider plan. Besides bringing workshops and research questions on sustainability to students and teachers, REcentre is setting up a summer school in the Meuse-Rhine Euregion focused on bringing sustainability into a general education programme. To this end, REcentre collaborates with the renowned Institute without Boundaries, a postgraduate institution affiliated with George Brown College in Toronto, Canada. The Institute is particularly active in the area of design from a sociological, ecological and economic viewpoint. The Sustainable Summer School of REcentre will be the European counterpart. The Sustainable Summer School takes place

The Sustainable Summer School is targeted at designers, students, teachers and enthusiasts of all possible backgrounds. Three case studies will be tackled: Public Space, Food and Water sharing the common theme of ‘Identity’. The training range will later be extended to a full post-graduate.

from 19 - 25 August 2011. It involves a short course, aiming to provide participants with new insights via an intensive curriculum in the field of sustainability and design. The Institute without Boundaries’ faculty will join forces with Euregional lecturers to accompany the participants. The program will have an interdisciplinary design approach.

Information and registration: www.recentre.org/sustainablesummerschool

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Sustainable Summer School

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REcentre thanks

The participants + schools École Supérieure des Arts Saint-Luc Liège (BE) für Handswerkdesign, Gut Rosenberg Aachen (DE) • MAD-faculty - Media & Design Academie - Campus C-mine (BE) •

• Akademie

Sandrine Brasseur Thijs Van de Broek Caroline Brouir Daniel Colard Vincent Dewez Lizanne Dirkx Véronique Dubois Elina Gatto Ben Hagenaars Nisse Heleven Ken Hendriks Steven Kaelen René Krichels Johan Langens Kristof Liesenborghs Fabio Lorefice Julien Mottet Jean-François Parisse Ollivier Piqueray Thomas Proot Sofie Rasschaert Ana Simar

Virginia Tassinari Dries Vandecruys Luc Vanlessen The experts Katja Craeghs - Greenpoint Caroline Gervais - The Natural Step Gauthier de Pierpont - What’s Up The jury Bert Celis - Innovatiecentrum Annick De Paepe - Limburg.net Paul Dingens - Dingens Barometers Evelyn Lafond - OVAM Hany Libon - Les Ardentes David Pas - Industrial designer Amandine Vandermeir - Court-Circuit The companies Les Ardentes Dingens Barometers

Are you a student or a designer and want to be part of the next series of Sustainability at School? Are you a company and you have a sustainable case for the participants? Mail to info@recentre.org page 022

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REcentre REcentre – centre for sustainable design is a knowledge and promotion centre propelling the development of sustainable design in the Meuse-Rhine Euregion, consisting of Belgian and Dutch Limburg, Regio Aachen and Liège. REcentre targets designers, students, companies and governments to develop projects with a social agenda. By setting up projects together with designers, schools, companies and public institutions REcentre will show how sustainability can become real and what role design can take in this.

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