INTRODUCTIONOctober 14th, 2009
In the face of our planet’s daunting challenges, C2C promotes a positive vision of the future. It celebrates the abundance of human creativity, culture and productivity, while rejecting the false dichotomy between human growth and environmental health. C2C reframes design as a beneficial, regenerative force – eco-effective- abandoning the standard approach of minimising the harm we inflict – eco-efficiency. The concept is based on these main design-principles: waste equals food – eliminate the concept of waste; use current solar income; celebrate diversity and anticipate evolution.
Until now, our work has implemented a holistic, humanistic and environmental design method, all the while developing delightful and innovative buildings. We have built energy efficient, CO2 neutral, autonomous buildings. C2C goes beyond all this. Our goal now is to go further and create buildings that recover nutrients and allow for material flow management. To fully implement C2C in architecture we need to enhance our working knowledge on materials and building products and their continuous cycles.
Although a few projects demonstrate certain aspects, a fully C2C building or urban plan does not yet exist. Hence, we have undertaken the task of identifying the characteristics that define C2C built environment, with the goal of providing project stakeholders with a tool to set C2C milestones that are within reach. We will separate the totality of architectural considerations into distinct, measurable C2C parts. This manifesto also calls for new business relations in the process of designing, building, using and maintaining our built environments.