Sustainist (Re)Design

The Capita Selecta lecture series 'Sustainist (Re)Design. How the new culture of sustainism is reshaping our cities, landscape, architecture and heritage' is an introduction to the perspective of the concept of sustainism and forms an exploration of the implications of sustainist design for heritage issues and the field of architectural design. The opening lecture will be held by Artist in Residence Michiel Schwarz (moderator and curator). This series concludes with a final debate on the conceptual framework and the implications of sustainism.

Thursday 12 september, 20.00-22.00

Michiel Schwarz
SUSTAINISM: A new perspective for design and heritage

This opening lecture in the Capita Selecta series 'Sustainist (Re)Design' introduces ‘sustainism’ as cultural perspective, and opens the discussion on what ‘sustainism’ implies for designing and redesigning our living environment and our heritage. Sustainism — a concept coined by AHK Artist in Residence Michiel Schwarz, curator of the series — marks a new perspective based on social and ecological sustainability, connectivity, social initiatives and local engagement. In the new culture of sustainism (after modernism & postmodernism) we ask: What might it mean for designers, architects, planners and cultural heritage professionals to engage in ‘sustainist’ design and redesign?

Thursday 19 September, 20.00-22.00

Alastair Fuad-Luke and Aetzel Griffioen
DESIGN ACTIVISM: Social engagement and sustainable change

Professor of Emerging Design Practices at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki. Aetzel Griffioen (political philosopher, ‘commons’ researcher, co-ordinator Rotterdam Vakmanschap/Skillcity ) opens the discussion.

Thursday 26 september, 20.00-22.00

Frank Strolenberg and Paul Meurs
PLACE MAKING:  Redesigning cultural heritage in the sustainist era  

Frank Strolenberg is programme leader of the National Redevelopment Programme (Nationaal Programma Herbestemming). Paul Meurs opens the discussion (Partner at SteenhuisMeurs BV, professor of Restoration, Modification, Intervention and Transformation, Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences at Delft University of Technology).

Thursday 3 October 20.00-22.00

Joost Beunderman and Jan Jongert
BOTTOM UP: New localism and sustainist design

Joost Beunderman is founder of 00:/ [zero zero] strategy & design practice, director of Hub Islington, and initiator of Hub Launchpad London. Jan Jongert (head of Superuse Studios, Rotterdam, leader of InsideFlows research group at Royal Academy of Art, The Hague).

Thursday 17 October, 20.00-22.00 (final debate)

Dirk Sijmons, Mariet Schoenmakers, Hedwig Heinsman, Michiel Schwarz, Aart Oxenaar, Riemer Knoop
AND NOW: What future for Sustainist (Re)Design?

Final debate of this series with Dirk Sijmons (curator IABR 2014, professor of Landscape Architecture at TU Delft), Mariet Schoenmakers (AM concepts at AM), Hedwig Heinsman (founder DUS Architects) and Artist in Residence Michiel Schwarz. The debate will be introduced and moderated by Michael Schwarz, with the cooperation of Aart Oxenaar, director of the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, and Riemer Knoop, lecturer Cultural heritage (Reinwardt Academy).

Time and venue
Capita Selecta is a series of lectures, organized by the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, dealing with thematic, topical subjects in the field of architecture, urbanism and landscape architecture. The lectures are open to the public and take place at the Academy, Waterlooplein 213, Amsterdam. All lectures start at 20.00 hrs. and admission is free.