On 31 April, Shift organized a lunch lecture in which recently the graduated architect Nico Schouten presented his master thesis project: Redesigning waste.
His project aimed to challenge the perception of waste by using discarded PET plastic as a building material for residential homes. His design was located in a small plot in Buiksloterham, just a block away from the plot that is the focus for the design project for the Urban Environments course. Nico wrote a definition for what circularity in the built environment meant for him as a blueprint for his design. His focus was on materials and technology, placed in a context of social, economic and environmental considerations.
The lunch lecture was followed by an open discussion amongst students!