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The world’s population is growing, and so is the demand for food production. New technologies make controlled farming more efficient, but require considerable amounts of energy. Every hour we receive enough sunlight to provide the world with enough electricity for an entire year. What if we could tackle both the world’s energy and food problems? What if we could harvest both electricity and food within one system using the power of the sun? For Power Plant Marjan van Aubel collaborates with architect Emma Elston, researcher Yasmine Östendorf and the University of Amsterdam. The installation is part of the Dissident Gardens programme, on show at Het Nieuwe Instituut until 23 September.

Ethical Living

On 22 September, Marjan van Aubel will participate in the talk Ethical Living – design for an emotionally sustainable future. Overpopulation and imminent ecological catastrophes are instilling a growing felling of uncertainty and fear of the future. Starting from the products of overdevelopment, how can we rethink objects and materials to transition into a sustainable future and how can this influence our emotions? How can we give a value and new context to waste and non-renewable resources turning them into ecological objects of desire? By challenging the conventional production, consumption and disposal of resources, the speakers will look at means to change our way of living and how design can generate a positive impact on cities and lead to a more ethical, balanced society.


London Design Biennale
Somerset House, London


Ticket€ 21,69
Discount Ticket€ 18,35

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