Energy, Architecture & Energy landscapes
In our search for alternatives to the old way of generating and supplying energy, new solutions emerge where energy-generation is much more integrated with our everyday life. The building sector – including architects and urban planners – are crucial to address the current energy transition. Therefore architects look beyond the size of the fuel tank or where to place the sockets when they design cars, buildings or other things. They are integrating the question of energy into their design, making it a more interdisciplinary effort. Inevitably, the worlds of designers, planners, architects will meet the world of energy consultants.
We have invited two architects who will talk about the link between energy landscapes, design,material and circulair use; How do Architects approach the renewable energy transition. And what has this for implications for our cities and homes?
On June 15, we gathered at the beautiful Senate Room of the University Hall for yet another YES-DC event. What an appropriate location to host two architects! Architects Gijs de Waal and Danny van Kessel exposed the trade-offs in design with respect to materials, energy, aesthetics and social aspects.
Gijs de Waal offered a refreshing perspective on building design by taking circular principles as a starting point. For his most recent project (restaurant Bret near Amsterdam Sloterdijk station), he used locally available materials and waste streams. Even more so, he explained, the building was constructed without a waste container! Although this process takes many extra hours of work, it reduces material costs (which actually balances out the extra labour costs). The downside seems to be the lower energy savings, because of caveats or ill-fitting connections in the recycled material parts.
Danny van Kessel presented a somewhat different view: “A building is not something you finish. A building is something you start.” For his designs, Danny considers all building phases (make – use – change – dispose) from an energy and material perspective. Danny elaborated on this by discussing his ‘house-in-a-greenhouse’ project. This innovative building is located in Amsterdam North and uses a smart design to provide the interior apartments with a Mediterranean climate throughout the year, without the need for extra heating or cooling. A truly inspiring idea!
We would like to thank both speakers and attendees for the fruitful discussion and their enthusiasm. See you next time!
- 19.00 - 19.30
- Walk in
- 19.30 - 20.20
- Gijs de Waal
- 20.20 - 20.40
- 20.40 - 21.30
- Danny van Kessel
- 21.30 - 21.45
- 21.45 - 22.00
- Yes-DC announcements
- 22.00 -