Time for some TrueTalkin'

This spring, the city of Amsterdam is host to the European Union. On the Marineterrein politicians discuss and decide on Europe’s future, under bright artificial light, with cameras and microphones registering each and every word. 

In reaction, at the nearby temporary campus FabCity, Studioninedots built with StoneCycling a pavilion with a fireplace right in the heart of it. Because a good campfire triggers big ideas and storytelling everyone is invited to sit down, relax and share warming, unreasonable, crazy, unimaginable and hilarious ideas at The TrueTalker.

Photos by Peter Cuypers

The True Talker is a cone-shaped pavilion that consists of one wall twisting around itself, triggering people to come in and explore the core. The solid but transparent structure is made from StoneCycling’s innovative and circular WasteBasedBricks.

During the day, the open brick pattern creates a play of light within the volume – in the dark the pavilion’s surroundings are illuminated from the fire inside, presenting itself as a beacon.

This is the place to sit down, relax, and exchange ideas. Everyone is invited to come to FabCity, to sit down at the heart of The TrueTalker and share ideas on the future of Europe, the world, mankind or anything else. To trigger even more stories a series of events is initiated, find the overview here.  

The TrueTalker will be on show in Amsterdam until 26 June 2016. Do you know any significant place that could use some TrueTalkin'? Give us a call. We would be happy to explore if we can transport the TrueTalker to a next location.

Partners: SBB Smit’s Bouwbedrijf B.V., IC Netherlands B.V., St. Joris Keramische Industrie, Saint-Gobain Weber Beamix B.V., Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, FabCity

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What if glass waste becomes a valuable asset

What if glass waste on Zanzibar becomes a valuable asset

StoneCycling travelled together with various renowned designers to Zanzibar, to study glass waste streams on the Island and come up with sustainable solutions. 

Improvised glass cutter form made from an old toasting machine

Improvised glass cutter form made from an old toasting machine

On Zanzibar, tourists have become an important source of income, as well as (glass) waste. The island is not yet equipped to process all this glass waste, which means the glass makes its way into the natural surroundings. What if the tourism that caused the waste, could also contribute to processing it?

During the upcoming Dutch Design Week bottle-up will launch its first results during: seven products made out of the glass waste. Six young Dutch designers travelled to Zanzibar and worked with local craftsmen to translate glass waste into a first series of products. Offering these products to tourists on the island completes the circle: the waste caused by tourism is transformed into valuable up-cycle products, whereby the tourists effectively finance the next step: the development of construction materials made from glass waste. 

This means two you now have at least two reasons to come to the Dutch Design Week  (17 - 24 oct); the Bottle-up project and StoneCycling as part of the Circular Factory. 

More info:

Bottle-up: check it out here
Circular Factory: check it out here and schedule an appointment for a private tour here