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Césare Peeren, Jan Jongert, Ed van Hinte



Publication date


144 pages


2007 04

13 X 21 cm

Cable reels, window frames, washing machines, diapers, crates, carpet tiles, double glazing panels or old buses - you could recycle, discard or even burn them. The other option is to put them to good use: Superuse. This is happening everywhere, albeit on a modest scale. Architects apply these materials in their designs. It requires special attention and new skills, but the resulting images can have quite unexpected qualities.

Superuse is a practical and inspiring book about constructing new buildings with surplus materials. It was initiated by Recyclicity, a Rotterdam foundation that specifically addresses this theme. Copiously illustrated with many vivid examples from the Netherlands and elsewhere, Superuse presents ideas for tools and methods for architects and superuse scouts such as the 'harvest map' of everything reusable within a given distance of a building site. It also considers the subject from the ecological and methodological points of view. Superuse renders the superfluous superfluous.

Made possible by the Netherlands Architecture Fund.

About the authors

Cèsare Peeren, architect, builder, and senior lecturer; together with Jan Jongert and Denis Oudendijk was the co-founder of Superuse Studios (former 2012architecten). His approach is caracterized by an integrated view on architecture: from reuse to climatic solutions, investigating  flows such as energy, water, food, and local economies. While Superuse is known for reuse, this has been only one aspect of designing sustainable architecture from its start in 1997; Superuse on site (S.o.s. ) continues working  with a holistic approach to architecture and living environments,

Jan Jongert is Co-Founder of Superuse and Visiting professor TUDelft. He is a pioneer of the notion of upcycling in architecture. With his previous studio, 2012 Architects, he developed the digital Harvest Map to locate and organize potential building materials. He focuses on developing tools and processes to realize tangible projects that empower local exchange and production, as an alternative to transporting and wasting our resources, products, and components around the globe.

Ed van Hinte is a writer and award-winning critic with a design and engineering background. He is co-founder of Lightness Studio and known for publications such as , First Read This and Designing Lightness: Structures for Saving Energy.

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