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The Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building

The Exploded View Beyond Building — © Design: Pascal Leboucq

Sometimes it feels like an impasse: the enormous climate challenge on the one hand and the enormous construction task on the other. As the Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building, we take up this challenge. We – designers, entrepreneurs, researchers and policymakers – investigate possible solutions

Circular & Biobased Building

In 2020 we showed with the installation “The Exploded View Methods & Materials” how we want to radically re-examine the realization of a home. In 2021 we will go a step further with The Exploded View Beyond Building. An iconic expo-installation of a full-size house that consists entirely of biobased materials, circular construction methods and stories about the changing value chain of which it is part. It is a plea for upscaling and system change. We visualize the circular living environment in full size and explain how circular and biobased building and design has an impact on much more than the construction sector.

Research into the possibilities of new biobased materials with high design quality and circular construction methods such as detachability and modularity remain an important topic. We are expanding our research to a number of relevant topics at the systemic level:
• Health: From polluted air to breathing homes
• Agriculture: From agriculture to arable land
• Neighborhoods of the future: From paved to living neighbourhoods
• Value: From linear to circular

We also demonstrate the linkage opportunities of biobased construction such as CO2 capture, nitrogen reduction, new business opportunities for agriculture, connecting city and countryside.

We include both professionals and the general public in the results of our search. We tell you what we have discovered, but also what we don’t know yet. We show the possibilities and the pain points. And we invite everyone to think and participate. With the aim of making the conversation “is this possible?” to “how are we going to do this well together?”. In this way we evolve towards a reappraisal of what is of value.

About World Design Embassies

In design Embassies for the future, alliances of partners, discuss today’s social challenges. Together with designers we work on solutions and develop new perspectives for the world of tomorrow.