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Lecture programme Wednesday 8 March

Programme wed 8 March
programme THU 9 March
programme Fri 10 March

The lectures are in English, unless otherwise indicated. The lecture programme is subject to change.

Theater 1

Theater 2

Tomorrow’s timber

Various architects talk about their experience with wood construction and why certified timber is the building material of the future.

By: PEFC Netherlands Moderator: Atto Harsta

Inspired by Nature Part 1

The speakers in this programme show that natural and biobased materials are the future.

Moderator: David Heldt

10:45 – 11:15

Tim Vermeend, Urban Climate Architects
Vanuit een aantal recente houtbouwprojecten van Urban Climate Architects (UCArchitects) – kansen voor opschaling Houtbouw in Nederland (NL)

UCArchitects was founded in 2009 by Tim Vermeend. UCArchitects always designs in teams to improve inner-city locations. They design assignments in which the healthy living environment, environmentally friendly solutions, biodiversity, biobased construction and social interaction are central. They solve problems in redefining space, structures and building an improved living environment.

11:00 – 11:30

Liesbeth Bulk, Crush on Nature
Ontwerpen met de natuur (NL)

Liesbeth Bulk, born in the ‘green heart’, has always had a fascination for nature. Garden architecture seemed like a logical choice, but structuring and directing, which characterize gardens, did not suit her. The art academy was the sequel. A curious question from an Aboriginal lady guided her to think about our natural environment. Projects such as an organically growing garden for the elderly, in which she takes on a new role as a designer, to the large, circular Floating Nature panels that she now makes.

11:20 – 11:50

Diederik de Koning, la-di-da design & architecture
Dijkhuis – Strijensas (NL)

Diederik de Koning (º1983, Curaçao) studied Environmental and Infrastructure Planning in Groningen and Architecture Delft. His office la-di-da, run together with Laura van Santen, won the Architectuurprijs Achterhoek for Project Hietland, was nominated for the Architectuurprijs Almere for Project A-Frame, and recently won the Abe Bonnema Prijs (award) for young architects for Project Strijensas. He is a PhD candidate at Delft University of Technology and has taught architecture at various institutions.

11:35 – 12:05

Marjanne Cuypers, BlueBlocks
Timber from the ocean forests – regenerative practices for abundant living spaces

Marjanne Cuypers is founder of BlueBlocks, a research and development led bio-manufacturing company. She studied industrial design engineering at Delft University of Technology, worked for (international) brands on diverse innovation projects and lectures biodesign at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. At BlueBlocks new biomaterials and circular products are developed that fit people’s needs in harmony with the bigger natural system we are part of.

11:55 – 12:05

Maarten Willemen, PEFC Nederland
Hout is pas duurzaam als er duurzaam op staat (NL)

Maarten Willemen is chairman of PEFC Netherlands, the association of companies that use certified sustainable wood. He has a lot of experience in the timber chain close to the forest: timber harvesting, the trade in ’round wood’ and its processing. He is convinced that wood is the most sustainable raw material we know, provided that the forests from which this wood comes are also managed sustainably.

12:25 – 12:55

Marijke Jans
Coffee grounds as raw material

Marijke Jans is a Belgian material and object designer who studied interior design at Thomas More Mechelen. Her practice is diverse but consistent and focuses on circular design with biobased materials. Passionate by raw and biobased materials, her focus lies on process, research and experiment. Kaffa is an ongoing research project and collection to emphasize that what we consider waste, can be used as new raw material.

12:10 – 12:40

Erik Roerdink, De Zwarte Hond
Alliander Westpoort, Amsterdam, Circular but still for eternity

Erik Roerdink (1982) leads the team of De Zwarte Hond in Groningen as an architecture partner together with Henk Stadens. De Zwarte Hond is a design agency for architecture and urban planning. They have offices in Groningen, Rotterdam and Cologne where about 120 professionals work. By combining urban design and architecture, they add quality to the built environment. They assess well what adds value and improves the quality of life for the people, the street, the neighbourhood, the city and the region. De Zwarte Hond is fully committed to their designs and also take responsibility for their realization. The end product must be just as ambitious and beautiful as the first proposals.

13:00 – 13:30

Anna Vershinina, Vers La Vie
From space to the kitchen and back: bioplastics that challenge the linear lifestyle

Anna Vershinina is a PhD candidate at KU Leuven in Belgium. Her areas of expertise include bioregenerative architecture and biomaterials. Anna’s master’s thesis on human-microbial cohabitation in extreme environments was displayed at international symposiums in Switzerland and France, where her poster was awarded with a 3rd prize. Anna has experience working with bioplastics and mycelium. Her biomaterial prototypes have been featured at the Dutch Design Week as well as the RetroFuture exhibition with the Next Nature Network. She keeps a virtual diary of her biodesign experiments on social media, where she encourages her audience to find creative ways to deal with waste.

12:45 – 13:15

Boris Zeisser, Natrufied Architecture
Hoe kom je samen met opdrachtgever, adviseurs en uitvoerende partners tot het optimale houtbouwproject? (NL)

Boris Zeisser (1968) studied architecture at the University of Illinois in Chicago and the Technical University in Delft, where he graduated in 1995 with an honorable mention. After five years of experience under the wing of Erick van Egeraat’s office, he founded the office 24H-architecture in 2001 together with Maartje Lammers. This was continued in 2015 with his current office Natrufied-architecture, which he runs together with Anja Verdonk.
For more than 20 years Boris has mainly focused on nature-inspired designs, both in terms of design, materialization and energy in housing, school construction and leisure at home and abroad, with a focus on wood construction.

BNI lectures


break lecture

13:20 – 15:05

Circulair ontwerp, samenwerken zonder waste (NL)

On Wednesday afternoon 8 March from 13.20-15.05 you can attend an interesting BNI lecture series at MaterialDistrict Utrecht (in Dutch). In five presentations, with interdisciplinary collaboration as a common thread, you will increase your knowledge to prevent ‘waste’ in this process. Learn from others and provide yourself with knowledge and inspiration to apply this concretely in your projects. Met Arend van de Beek (Lagemaat BV), Peter Kreukniet (Insert), Kim Mazeland (Studio Groen+Schild), Lotte de Jong (Gielissen) and David van Nunen (LBP|SIGHT).

13:35 – 14:05

Erik Tempelman, TU Delft
Materials and Greenwashing: (don’t) get SCAMMED!

Erik Tempelman (Vlissingen, 1969) studied aerospace engineering at TU Delft, where he graduated in 1994 on lightweight materials, recycling and sustainability – also the subject of his later dissertation. Since 2006 he has been associated with TU Delft as an associate professor, and has published scientific articles on topics such as recycling, LCA, critical metals, eco-design, and 3D printing.


These two lectures view the city as a (material) resource and natural landscapes as something to be restored.

Moderator: Sigrid Lussenburg

Inspired by nature Part 2

In part 2, the speakers continue to show that natural and biobased materials are the future.

Moderator: David Heldt

15:25 – 15:55

Rob van Lith, New Horizon
De stad als bron voor circulaire oplossingen! (NL)

As manager circular collaborations, Rob helps, among others things, housing associations, investors and developers to realize circular ambitions. New Horizon creates value from buildings to be demolished. Reuse is the future. So Urban Mining is the future. Simply because it is better. In all perspectives. He is convinced of that. With a lot of passion and energy he takes people on a circular journey that New Horizon started in 2015 with only one goal; MAKING IMPACT.

14:15 – 14:45

Lina Chi

Lina Chi is a designer that finds curiosity in the ordinary. Her most recent work, Linoleum is a collaboration with Forbo Flooring in the Netherlands. This work emerged from an encounter between a material driven approach and industry techniques. Through hands-on material experimentation, this series has resulted in soft sculptural forms inviting a change in the landscape of interiors.

16:00 – 16:30

Peter Vodegel, BESE
Nature restoration with biodegradable BESE-elements

Worldwide we are losing nature rapidly and billions of euros are invested in restoring degraded ecosystems. BESE developed the BESE-elements, a strong lattice structure which is completely biodegradable and is made from waste stream potatoes. Peter Vodegel is a hands-on and innovative ecologist. After his studies in marine ecology, he went to Kenya to set-up a coral reef restoration project. Where he also optimized artificial reef designs and coral tree nurseries. Once the project was up and running, he joined BESE and now helps restore different marine ecosystems around the world with new biodegradable products made from waste streams.

14:50 – 15:20

Charilaos Mananedakis
Natural Air Purification (NAP)

Charilaos Mananedakis was born on the island of Crete and grew up in the Netherlands. From a young age his father took him along as a painter. He went on to study at Sint-Lucas, graduating “specialist of decoration and restoration”. One of his internships was at the archeological department in Crete. This inspired him to research antiquity and experiment with traditional methods, for applications in our modern day life. His main focus is to utilize natural materials for their unique properties such as, air-purification and light ionization providing a healthy environment.

15:45 – 16:15

Austeja Platukyte
Design for Symbiocene

Austeja Platukyte is a creative researcher working in between the disciplines of material design and science, technology, and craft. She is a Ph.D. student of design, an entrepreneur at the Vilnius Academy of Arts and a founder of SEA FOAM startup. A. Platukyte is a pioneer of material design and Zero Waste philosophy in Lithuania, and an initiator of the first sustainable materials collection in Lithuania, called Biomaterials Library.


We look forward to seeing you there! Can’t make it? You can also buy a livecast ticket to view the lectures live from the comfort of home.



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A day full of inspiration

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If one day isn’t enough


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Ticket at the door € 60

  • Entrance ticket voor 3 days
  • Watch all lectures online
  • Can review lectures later
  • Digital exhibition catalogue (pdf)
  • Printed exhibition catalogue worth € 10

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