By Anne Koudstaal

Road From Recycled Plastic

VolkerWessels plastic road

Anne Koudstaal and Simon Jorritsma, the inventors of PlasticRoad, stated: Together with Wavin and Total, we now have a vast pool of knowledge, experience and resources, and can take concrete steps in the development of PlasticRoad. We expect to have a first prototype completed by year-end 2017

This plastic road is perfect for our sustainable community. VolkerWessels construction company introduced the concept Plastic Road; a concept of plastic that is circular, quick to apply and also hardwearing.

Road Advantages

Plastic offers lots of advantages both in construction and in the maintenance of roads.

  • It is maintenance free product
  • Barely wearable
  • The material is impervious to weather
  • Plastic is resistant to heavy frost and extreme heat
    Forty degrees of frost or eighty degrees above zero for plastic roads will be no problem

Recycled plastic

VolkerWessels claims that the modules will be build with 100 percent recycled material. Plastics are processed into ‘prefab’ road segments: industrial road sections which are completely transported to the new road. The road can be build in a short period of time. Moreover, because of the hollow structure there is room for other infrastructure such as cables, pipes and water.

Rotterdam pilot

The first candidate for a plastic road is the city of Rotterdam. That municipal wants to participate in a trial.

We are hoping to gain insight about the consequences for motorcyclists. What will be the grip of the plastic surfaces?


Win Win

“Sinking roads are a big problem in the Netherlands. That’s because the ground is so wet that roads get soaked, which makes them sink to such a degree that, in some cases, they have to be replaced after just three to four years.”

Plastic has a great advantage: It’s not only impermeable to water, but it’s also much lighter than asphalt. Plastic roads could be designed with integrated storm drains – a system that collects water during heavy downpours to release it later in a controlled fashion.

Prefabricated roads would be quick to build, reducing the time we spend in traffic jams. And a plastic road could go 50-100 years without maintenance. Compare that to conventional roads, which need to be replaced three times over every fifty years, on average.

By ModCell

Passive building by ModCell

sustainable building, renewables, climate change

Buildings made of straw bales and hemp construction, can have zero heat requirements, they are saving money and reduce CO2 emissions.

Passive building – ModCell is one of the first products to make large-scale, carbon-negative building a commercial reality.

The system utilizes the excellent thermal insulation qualities of straw bale and hemp construction to form prefabricated panels.

Passive buildings

The construction offers super-insulated, high-performance, low energy passive’ buildings to be built using renewable, locally sourced, carbon sequestering, sustainable building materials and can be used in offices, schools, housing and commercial buildings.

This innovative, offsite-manufactured wall and roof cladding system can be quickly and efficiently installed, creating buildings with thermal performance up to three times higher than the current building regulations require. Therefore the construction is certified as Passive House specification.

Ecological footprint

As a result, sustainable buildings of straw bale and hemp construction can have zero heat requirements, saving money and CO2 emissions.


By Gert Jan Scholte

High Tech Pavilion built of residuals

High Tech Paviljoen built of rest materials

The hollow columns are designed to store rainwater.

To accelerate the Clean Tech Innovation, green architect GertJan Scholte has built a high tech pavilion of residuals in Amsterdam.


High Tech Pavilion

Building with bio-composites needs repetition – and therefore modular solutions – because the molds are expensive. 

High Tech Paviljoen built of rest materials

six-sided base of bio-composite material

Residuals as raw materials

The concept of Cradle to Cradle is about quality and innovation. It’s main focus is striving for a large positive impact. 

For the design of the pavilion, Scholte has chosen a six-sided base of bio-composite material. Supplemented with a triangle element.

The aim is to build a smart system for the collection of rainwater, with these elements. The hollow columns are designed to store rainwater.



More architects are experimenting with residuals and construction methods to contribute to a circular world. The engagement to a circular world is common. An example is the complete cradle to cradle business park 20 | 20 in Amsterdam.

Europe intents to develop a C2C Certified Community of Practice in Europe. The Europe government is facilitating a ‘living lab’ for industrial participants to learn, share, and collaborate, in order to identify opportunities and solutions for shared success.

Cradle to Cradle advantages

  • Products and processes are designed in such a way that materials remain available to humans and their natural environment
  • Products are designed so that the materials can be completely reused in the technical cycle
  • Products in the technical cycle must act as a high-quality raw material for new products in the technological domain
  • Absolutely no harmful waste substances may be released during the manufacturing process
  • Products are manufactured using circular energy sources
  • Continuous improvement required.

Criteria on 5 topics

  • Material health
  • Material reutilization & carbon management
  • Renewable energy use
  • Water stewardship
  • Social responsibility

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By Lennart Graaff

FerrisWheel: the Future Windmill

circular architecture, WindWheel, green, circular building, Rotterdam

Dutch WindWheel has released an architecture design for the wind turbine of the future: the Wind Wheel.

Dutch WindWheel Corporation has released an architectural design for the wind turbine of the future: the FerrisWheel.

FerrisWheel design:

  • The windmill is 174 meters high
  • The hole in the middle ensures renewable energy with water drops
  • The building will generate solar power
  • In the building is enough space for apartments and hotels


Green skyline icon

The energy and ambition of Dutch WindWheel Corporation is contagious. They are convinced: This wind power FerrisWheel, will be the green icon of the future. They think it will not be hard to find investors.

  • The panoramic wheel, equipped with moving cabins (including a underwater film experience), should be funded by an attraction operator
  • Estate developers will invest in the apartments and the hotel
WindWheel technology details

WindWheel is exploring the possibilities for sustainable materials and local energy generation with solar, biomass and waste heat.

Circular Architecture

First, Dutch WindWheel wants to think about the innovations that has to accommodate the building. Together with 10 partners, Dutch WindWheel want to explore the possibilities for sustainable materials and local energy generation with solar, biomass and waste heat. Circular Architecture of ‘Climate Architecture’ as it is mentioned by the owner Lennart Graaff.


By 2025 the FerrisWheel should be operational. Preference is given to Rotterdam (EU city 2015), but Amsterdam will be another great opportunity.

Facts & Figures

program: 61.000m2 public space, apartments, hotel, restaurant, touristic attraction
status: innovation and feasibility year 2016-17
location: Rotterdam, the Netherlands
year realization: 2022-2025
initiative: Doepel Strijkers, Meysters and BLOC (Windwheel Corporation)


By Kazuyo Sejima

Green Grace Farms

Grace Farms Building

The walkways, courtyards, and glass-wrapped volumes that form beneath the roof are remarkably transparent and invite people to engage with the expansive natural surroundings

The Grace Farms Building is a green building example nr. #1

Grace Farms, as this project is called, is also known as ‘The River’.

Not amazing, is it?

This new (2015), nature center for communities is designed by the Japanese architecture firm Sanaa.


Sanaa was asked to design a multi functional complex including a nature center, gym, hub for social justice groups, community garden, a chapel and more.

The primary concept was for the building to melt into the landscape. But instead, Sanaa choose to lit it up. The result is beautiful.


The main building, called the River, is a sinuous form that winds its way down a hill just a few hundred yards from the New York border, with five separate sections. Large glass walls provide views of forests and meadows; its covered roof twists and turns with the landscape. This is a perfect example of a circular, green building.

  • Trees that were cleared for construction, have been milled on site to construct the furniture for Grace Farms, including 18- foot-long community tables
  • Fifty-five 500-foot-deep geothermal wells have been drilled on the property for heating and cooling
  • Structurally, the building of glass, concrete, steel and wood is in essence a single long roof, which seems to float above the surface of the ground as it twists and turns across the landscape
  • The walkways, courtyards and glass-wrapped volumes that form beneath the roof are remarkably transparent and invite people to engage with the expansive natural surroundings
  • Seventy percent of mowed areas have been returned to natural meadows

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By Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

The Sea Ranch

Sea Ranch

Most of the houses at Sea Ranch are made of Redwood and they have gone to great lengths to make sure that the homes are spread out giving a reclusive and private feeling. While the homes are all on or very close to the coast this isn’t your Southern California surfing paradise. What I always really appreciated about Sea Ranch is that you can truly escape into the woods while still enjoying the comforts of being at home:

The Sea Ranch: one of the most inspiring places in the world

In 1964, Al Boeke, architect and Vice President for Community Planning, fell in love with the barren and grand Rancho Del Mar in California USA.

He wanted to develop a natural community and made a dream come true.

The Sea Ranch became one of the most inspiring places in the world full filling a regenerative country-life colony within a wildlife preserve.

Green building

The Sea Ranch is noted for its distinctive architecture, which consists of simple timber-frame structures clad in wooden siding or shingles. The buildings are designed to deal with prevailing weather and topography and could be considered as a hybrid of modern and vernacular architecture.

Halprin created the master plan for Sea Ranch, which grew to encompass 100 miles north of San Francisco.

The Sea Ranch links buildings and natural beauty into a perfect community with the aim of dynamic conservation or ‘living lightly on the land’. Each landscape element can be recognized because of it’s natural form and scale.

Circular architecture

The used building materials are pure, rough and simple.

  • Details such as exteriors of unpainted wood or muted stains, a lack of overhanging eaves, and baffles on exterior lighting subdue the appearance of the buildings in the landscape.
  • Lighting is also baffled to minimize nighttime light pollution; there are no street lights, and the night sky is dazzling.
  • The lack of roof overhangs is also intended to allow the near-constant strong breezes to pass over the buildings without the turbulence the overhangs would create.
  • A herd of sheep is used to keep grass cut low to the ground to reduce the threat of fire during the summer months.

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By Thomas Rau

Complete Circular building

Liander day lightened 'streets'

Inside the building is amazing. So much light and space

Not new: wow it’s a complete circular building

How do you give four dated bunched offices a second life without wasting material? Simple: build circular. Energy Company Liander did it. We have seen it. And it’s an amazing ‘new’ future proof and circular building.

Circular building

Architect Thomas Rau (Germany, 1961) does not talk about sustainability. He wants to re-use materials: he wants to create circular buildings.

The old offices (eighties) didn’t fit anymore. Rau has given the complex a complete facelift.

Old offices are not discarded, but covered by an undulating roof

Therefore, the office complex is experiencing a miraculous rebirth. Not sustainability but the concept of circular building is celebrated in almost a religious manner; 80% of the old building has been recycled.

Nothing-is-New Principle

Circular building is more than reusing the existing structure. All added materials, such as the concrete tiles, furniture and the insulation material, are recycled products and materials.

  • The brown toilets are vintage (from 1985)
  • The discarded clothing from the mechanics has been recycled into insulation materials
  • The old outside office walls have been covered with strips of wood waste incinerators that have been rescued and with vertical green gardens

Glas Roof

Thanks to an undulating glas roof over the existing buildings, Liander now enjoys it’s a great new atrium that gives an identity to the building.

  • As a result, there complex features day lighted streets and squares around the old offices
  • That timber and the greenery creates a warm atmosphere
  • And the building is energy plus which means it’s producing more energy than is needed
  • Rau created with its 6500 square meter roof new and comfortable interior for Liander. The atrium is primarily a meeting space.

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By Owen Zachariasse

C2C Business Park

c2c, climate change, building, architecture, greenhouse, business park, McDonough

The American architect William McDonough + Partners, founder of the cradle-to-cradle concept, developed a new full service business park with 13 offices, greenhouses, sport facilities and more

First Cradle-To-Cradle Business Park In The Netherlands

Let us introduce to you Park 20 | 20, the Netherlands. This business park is completely developed, using the principles of cradle-to-cradle or green, circular architecture.

This new business park involves: circular buildings, with extra attention for human dimensions. The developing process is much more complicated, but very successful. 

Our system functions as an economic weapon because we show that we can make money out of buildings, with a new system for a sustainable future.

The whole project is 92.000 m buildings plus a hotel of 18.000 m: An investment of 350 million euros. The construction started in 2010 and will be completed in 2020.


Developer Zachariasse thought of the crisis as an opportunity.

“Actually, the crisis is a blessing in an industry where all margins disappear and everyone is under pressure to survive. We noticed that people started thinking: … Maybe we should work different. This new thinking helped us tremendously. As a developer, Zachariasse only wants durability and quality. For the buildings, and for the people who are working in it.

Slow food

Part of the project is that the buildings are constructed, taking care of the entire supply chain. Food is one of that supplies. That’s why Zacharisse has built a number of greenhouses. He contracted a farmer who cultivates the food in the greenhouses, which is then delivered to, and served at the restaurant.
The greenhouses are heated with gas from the waste water purification system. So he has organized a cycle that benefits human and the environment.

Cradle-To-Cradle revolution

Zachariasse built the whole park with the idea that all materials should be cradle-to-cradle, because this concept eliminates waste. Closing cycles for materials, energy and water.

It is not a matter of less consuming. It is a revolution. During the designing period you have to reconsider that all materials can be reused.

All buildings are designed so that they can be taken apart again.

  • The furniture is refurbished and reused. Instead of furniture that disappears at the dump, it is given a second life.
  • The wood is treated with vinegar (no chemical coating), so the wood can be returned to nature safely.
  • 75% of the used concrete and steel are recycled material. Also, 30% of material is saved by using hollow floorings.
  • To much light was a problem in the Atrium. This problem is solved using solar cells which are integrated in the glass. The solar cells are providing enough shadow and renewable energy as well. By combining the budget of the glass with the budget of the solar panels, this solution was quite profitable.
  • All materials represent value. Therefore arrangements have been made with the manufacturers and suppliers of the materials. They remain owner of the materials and take them back at the end of the term.
  • The business park is developed with a central, integrated energy system, using solar and wind power.
  • Waste water treatment: a grey water system for rainwater is providing water for toilets and irrigation and energy is collected from the waste water.

The materials are the databases of the future. That means that you:

  • have to design considering that all materials can be taken apart
  • you need to create a database, knowing what material is where in the building

Scarcety of raw materials

If you follow this process, you have something very valuable. Demolition costs are on average of $ 50 per m2. These buildings gain more than $ 80 per m2, based on the materials and components that will be taken apart again. When you consider that material prices will rise, becoming scarcer and that the worlds population is growing daily with 250,000 people, it’s not rocket science to realize that the costs of materials will rise in the future. The next years, a materials database is a very good economic model.

Quality first

Zachariasse uses a very different way to involve its suppliers and manufacturers during the construction process:

  • They are not providing their products and then move on. He makes them jointly responsible
  • The suppliers are involved during the design phase
  • And instead of asking: “This is what we want, give your lowest price.” They are told: “This is your budget, give your highest quality! And tell us what your product can do for the overall quality of the building.”

This approach led to teams and mobilized knowledge.

Of course, this approach requires leadership and confidence but the result is that we realized a lot of innovations during the processes. There is more. The costs of failure during construction have been much lower because the industry was involved. They could tune their production to the delivery, avoiding a delay. And all suppliers earned a good living.

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By Gerard Steijn

MobileFactory – Lego inspired Houses

MobileFactory Lego Inspired Houses

MobileFactory Lego Inspired Houses

MobileFactory: Lego inspired Houses for the homeless. It is time to demonstrate how to change the world!

Dangerous debris that destroys people’s lives and their surroundings will soon be transformed by The MobileFactory’s The Flying Dutchman into high-quality building materials for poor people to build their own safe, dignified homes.

After a disaster, the worldwide standard is moving from a home into a tent, while moving from a tent to a home is but an illusion, a dream. Together we can change this!

Social housing in Haiti

All aspects of the production and building process will be demonstrated and our pilot project in Haiti will be presented. In Haiti we will help 30 families build the Petit Paradis community: 23 homes, varying in size from 60 to 100 m. During construction the families receive a remuneration that can be used as a deposit for the house, their home. The houses will be managed by Haiti Housing Community S.A., the first social housing corporation in Haiti, founded in cooperation with our Haitian partners.


Happy Homes

Victims of war or natural disasters want their live back. Besides that, all people do want more. More space, more wealth and more food. We need to do something. Let’s try the circular economy. We offer you a great recycling project called Happy Homes.

Product innovation is much faster than system innovation. Let’s go for a durable and modular design. For mobility, housing and food. The result? Triple benefits:

  1. Carbon (when we go for circularity, our CO2 will lower from 68 to 17 in 2050)
  2. Jobs (the remanufacturing and recycling industries already account for about one million jobs in Europe and the US)
  3. Resources (our primary material consumption wil lower from 78 to 47 in 2050)

The economy needs a shifting demand to more labored modular design. This saves our carbon footprint.

On a global scale, the net savings from materials could reach $1 trillion a year.

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By Oscar Mendez

Homes using Discarded Plastic

Mendez builds homes using Discarded PlasticMendez builds homes using Discarded Plastic

Colombian architect Andres Mendez Gerardino is building homes for the homeless, using discarded plastic. 

We give credits to the guy who came up with this invention.

He is helping so many people and families.

Building Homes using Discarded Plastic

Let’s ensure this solution spreads all around the world. Not just for homeless, he can sell it for sheds, storage, parking garage etc… Great idea!!!

Views on Facebook, as of posting, have soared to over 19 million and shares have gone up to 362K — and quickly rising by the minute.

Watch this and you’ll understand why:


Oscar Mendez brings new meanings of wasted plastics & rubbers to be home for the homeless. 46% of North Americans People are homeless. He find a creative solution for tonnes of wasted plastics and rubbers.
They’re processed and molded it into “LEGO-BRICKS” to be assembled into one unity as home. He and his team bring positive changes for people and environment at the same time.

“We are creating economic value from plastics that have no market. They are contaminated plastics, but now with a market after being recycled.”

The idea came from musician Fernando Llanos and was later adopted by architect Oscar Mendez, who through several years of research managed to develop bricks from processing all types of used plastics.

Triple impacts

This is an initiative of triple impacts: economic impact, environmental impact and social impact. Now the invention has started to benefit thousands of homeless, who are having their own housed built mainly in suburbs with the special chunks.

The housing deficit in Latin America is tremendous. 40% percent of people in Africa, Asia and Latin America do not own a home. One in seven people in the world lives in extreme poverty. Then Mendez wanted to improve this situation by offering houses.

With wide use of the new building components, Colombia also expects to downsize contamination caused by thrown-away plastics.

Recycle and ReUse

“On the environmental side, only in Bogota 6,300 tons of waste is thrown into the landfill is (each year), of which approximately 12%, or 750 tons, are plastics. Only 100 tons are recycled. We are recycling more of them to build hundreds of houses (for displace people).”

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