* Lecture programme is subject to change. All lectures are in English unless stated otherwise.

MaterialDistrict Theatre

Morning programme: Today’s Materials for Tomorrow’s Architecture

On Wednesday 13 March, the vistor of MaterialDistrict Rotterdam can enjoy a sensational speaker programme with the theme ‘Today’s materials for tomorrow’s architecture’, in which renowned (inter)national architects, scientists, designers, and other experts share the latest innovations regarding materials.

Moderator: Peter de Winter

10:45 Walk in
11:00 Filippo Lodi, UNStudio/UNSense

Title: How do we materialize research? Products, Sustainability and Computation

Filippo Lodi holds several master degrees in engineering, architecture, art and business, making him an all-around thinker. As Head of Innovation and Knowledge Management at UNStudioFilippo works on the development of disruptive technologies for the built environment. Alongside UNStudio, Filippo is part of the arch tech startup UNSense, whereby as part of the management team he is responsible for research and technology.

11:30 Sylvia ten Houten, Goodhout

Title: Journey of waste into biocomposite

Sylvia ten Houten is founder of Goodhout, a company that develops sustainably-sourced, newly engineered wood made from coconut waste, as a formaldehyde-free, bio-based wood alternative.

12:00 Maurizio Montalti, Mogu

Title: Functionalising mycelium materials for applications in interior design and beyond.

Maurizio Montalti  is co-founder of Mogu, a startup company aiming to research, develop and commercialise a wide variety of bio-materials, produced from the combination of mycelium (fungi) and agro-industrial residues and co-products, for the replacement of synthetic matter, such as petroleum based plastic

12:30 Jetske Visser & Michiel Martens, Studio Martens & Visser

Title: Transforming materials

Design studio Martens & Visser is a collaboration between Michiel Martens and Jetske Visser (Design Academy Eindhoven). Central to Martens and Visser’s work are the themes of movement and transformation inspired by nature, thereby sharing the thought of things being dynamic rather than static. Striving for a quality that mixes marvel and wonder at a surprising (in)sight and use of material and digital techniques.

13:00 End

Lunch lecture: Space Popular by Sto

Sto presents a lecture considering about the future of glass façades, in particular about the possibilities of printed glass and StoVentec Glass.

13:00 Walk in
13:15 Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg, Space Popular

Title: The Deep Surface 

Lara Lesmes (Spain) and Fredrik Hellberg (Sweden), both graduates from the Architectural Association in London, founded Space Popular in Bangkok in 2013. Based in London since 2016, the practice works at multiple scales: from furniture and interior design to architecture, urbanism, and the design of virtual worlds. The duo have extensive teaching experience at INDA (Bangkok) and the Architectural Association and have lectured and participated as visiting critics internationally. Beyond their academic experience, Space Popular has ongoing and realised built projects and exhibitions in Europe and Asia. 

14.00 End

Afternoon programme: Today’s Materials for Tomorrow’s Urban & Landscapes

On Wednesday 13 March, the vistor of MaterialDistrict Rotterdam can enjoy a sensational speaker programme with the theme ‘Today’s materials for tomorrow’s urban & landscapes’, in which renowned (inter)national architects, scientists, designers, and other experts share the latest innovations regarding materials.

Moderator: Peter de Winter

14:00 Walk-in
14:15 Cees Donkers

Title: Urban lab

Until his retirement in 2015, Cees Donkers was the urban architect of the city of Eindhoven, the Netherlands. He redeveloped the neighbourhood he lives, Witte Dorp, as well as the former Philips building De Witte Dame as the start of the transformation of the former PHILIPS factories. Donkers also started series of open debates on the redevelopment of Eindhoven, and founded together with Technical University and Design Academy Eindhoven ‘City as a Lab’, a research project on urban beautification. 

14:45 Anouk van der Poll, vanderPolloffice

Title: Nature-Based Design for Water

Anouk van der Poll, partner in multidisciplinary designstudio vanderPolloffice, founded the Embassy of Water during the Dutch Design Week of 2018. She combines her passion for water with her design perspective, creating a platform for water related innovation, aimed at achieving a sustainable, water-friendly society. By designing for water, instead of ‘against’, examining how water naturally behaves and first restoring natural processes and ecosystems.

15:15 Eduard Böhtlingk, Böhtlingk architecture

Title: Mobility: moving architecture

Eduard Böhtlingk is a Dutch architect based in Maasland, a village near Rotterdam. The work of Böhtlingk architecture is divided into two discrete areas; fixed work and mobile work. The fixed work is diverse in building type – housing, education, industry, public buildings. The mobile work is equally diverse and includes an exhibition, a dwelling, a landscape feature, a housing design system and banking mobiles. 

15:45 End

Partner Theatre

Lunch lecture: Oliver Heath by Interface

A sense of community has been fundamental for human survival and development throughout evolution and now more than ever, with the advent of our digital lives, communities are an essential part of our lives and help us connect with each other.

12:45 Walk in
13:00 Oliver Heath, Oliver Heath Design

Title: Creating positives spaces by designing for community

Oliver Heath is founder of Oliver Heath Design, an architectural and interior design practice combining three key strands: sustainable design, consumer engagement and communications to inspire the uptake of future thinking in the built environment.  He stimulates the adoption of happier, healthier places to live and work through his projects as designer, writer, and TV presenter. Oliver is a qualified Domestic Energy and Green Deal Assessor and is passionate about sustainable design. His human centred Biophilic Design approach seeks to reduce stress by strengthening the human connection with nature to improve health and well-being in the many spaces we live and work in.

13.45 End

Afternoon programme: Plastic: We Love It, We Hate It

MMA2, recycling PMMA project hosts this programme all about recycling, circularity, designing in the future and the use of Acrylic and other plastic.

Moderator: Els Zijlstra

13:45 Walk in
14:00 Sied Kooistra, PyraSied XA

Title: How to make acrylic circular

Sied Kooistra is owner of PyraSied XA, a company specialised in acrylic (plexiglass), polycarbonate (Lexan) and design plastics.

14:30 Michele Cattaneo, Madreperla

Title: From polymer to monomer: the making of Greencast, 100% recycled PMMA

Michele Cattaneo is export manger at Madreperla, Italy’s leading acrylic manufacturer and the only company producing 100% recycled Cast acrylic sheets.

15:00 Kaori Pi, Most Collective

Title: How to design with sustainable plastic in the future

Kaori Pi is is co-founder of Most Collective, a global design collective actualising pure ideas. 

15:30 Simon van der Heijden, Heathland

Title: Recycling of end-of-life PMMA and other plastic: the status quo

Simon van der Heijden is the owner of Heathland, a Lloyd’s ISO certified recycler of post-production plastic scraps, with presence in the Netherlands, Poland and China. They offer a collection- and plastic recycling service for post-production plastic scraps such as PMMA, PC, PA, ABS and other thermoplastics.

16:00 Discussion and Q&A about the use of plastic
16:30 End