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  • SAVE THE DATE - April 14th Book launch "Reuse to Reduce"
  • Ronja Driessen
  • architecture Book launch design

SAVE THE DATE - April 14th Book launch "Reuse to Reduce"

SAVE THE DATE - April 14th Book launch
Jap Sam Books and Popma ter Steege Architects (PTSA) would like to invite you to the book launch of Reuse to Reduce. Architecture within a Carbon Budget. The Case of BioPartner 5 - Popma ter Steege Architects on Friday April 14th at Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam!
Doors will open at 15.30. Presentation will start at 16:00, followed by drinks and a book signing at NAI Booksellers. 
Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25, Rotterdam
Reuse to Reduce is a plea by Popma ter Steege Architects to embrace the circular transition as a chance for a more meaningful architecture. An architecture that employs the necessary reuse of building materials to rethink our needs, way of building and aesthetics. It is a plea for design shaped by planetary boundaries and the use of a carbon budget as a tool for this. It wants to help whift the discourse on circulatiy towards design and away from technocracy.
Text by Jan Willem ter Steege, and additional contributions by Aaron Betsky, Mantijn van Leeuwen, Josse Popma. Together, they will discuss design principles such as designing with a CO2 budget, hybrid constructions and collage aesthetics. The presentation at Nieuwe Instituut will include a conversation with several designers who were involved in the case project BioPartner 5 and the book itself, designer of the publication, Tariq Heijboer, architecture photographer René de Wit, designer Paul Korthagen (IMd), Renée Mennen (Studio RENS) and more.

"No longer is a building a monument to one institution or person, and no longer is it a sink of materials. It is rather a celebration of what human beings have made until then, and an opening towards the possibility of new ways of living within the ruins and scaffolding we create today."

- Aaron Betsky


About the publication

BioPartner 5 at Leiden Bio Science Park is the first Paris Proof building in the Netherlands. Popma ter Steege Architecten (PTSA) designed the business building with offices, laboratories, and meeting facilities as a gathering place for the campus.

The architects developed a design for a demountable building and a host of ideas to reduce the consumption of raw materials, energy, and water. This included a strategy of scouting out potentially reusable materials in the course of the design process and purchasing them themselves. That this would lead to the purchase of the entire main supporting structure from used steel was not foreseen at the time.

The new BioPartner 5 laboratory at the Leiden Bio Science Park was constructed from as much as 165,000 kg of steel that had formed the base of a nearby university building for 50 years. The steel was dismantled, moved 750 metres, processed on site, and then rebuilt as a 'donor skeleton' for the new building. Through its unique scale and method, BioPartner 5 shows the promise of large-scale reuse in construction. From the entire reused steel supporting structure to the internal walls, from the floor finish to the toilets.

Popma ter Steege Architects view the pressing challenges facing the world as an inseparable part of their work. Design-wise, the PTSA investigates the new aesthetics of circular building. In recent years, they have worked on various progressive tasks. From energy-neutral renovation to a circular product label. With their Nucleus Building, they won the 2019 Rhineland Architecture Prize.

Design by Tariq Heijboer
Photography by René de Wit
Translation by Robert van de Walle
Production by Buro Bordo
With the support of  BioPartner Center Leiden, Creative Industries Fund NL, Municipality of Leiden, and University of Leiden.
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    Ronja Driessen
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