The 1st theme is rooted in the teachings of Cradle to Cradle® (C2C) with regards to positive footprints and added value of human actions and – built – interventions, rather than conducting guilt management by reducing negative impacts. Topics to be addressed are for example: healthy material use, air & water quality, and renewable energy.
In order to formalize the guest professorship of Michael Braungart, in April 2011, an interdisciplinary platform has been established at the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture. The purpose of this platform is to facilitate cross-pollination between students and researchers from various faculties who share an interest in C2C related topics. The participants address projects that contain quality assured innovations, matching the C2C philosophy. Furthermore, they get the opportunity to discuss – and collaborate – with public, private and academic partners. As such, the platform functions as an incubator for innovations that aim to get building related processes and business models essentially right.
Braungart and Mulhall state that a C2C building contains defined elements that add value and celebrate innovation and enjoyment by measurably enhancing the quality of materials, biodiversity, air and water; using current solar income; being deconstructable and recyclable, and performing diverse practical and life enhancing functions for its stakeholders [Mulhall & Braungart, 2010]. Examples of beneficial buildings or C2C inspired building elements can be found in the work by, among others, architects William McDonough, Kraaijvanger (e.g. the new City hall in Venlo) and Steven Beckers. The latter, who provides one of the keynotes, is a C2C accredited architect and initiator of the Lateral Thinking Factory in Brussels, working on projects according to the Cradle to Cradle principles with a multidisciplinary network of experts.
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