Stroll through the garden, enjoy the outdoors, roll up your sleeves for a upcycling workshop or swap vintage clothes for your little one. On this Saturday afternoon, the Garden Fair welcomes anyone and everyone with workshops, walks and stalls from Swapshop Rotterdam, Studio Charly Blödel, Caroline Zeevat, and other designers and makers. And it’s all happening under the guidance of community radio station Good Times Bad Times from collective Extra Practice.
This afternoon explores a different way of designing, with a focus on ‘upcycling’ – transforming used materials or existing designs into more valuable new products.
In the workshop, for example, construction waste is used to make garden furniture. And weeds can be harvested to make a delicious salad.
As a design institute, we are interested in the new forms that design can take and we aim to work with innovative designers and organisations that have made them their mission. Are weeds edible? Can you turn construction waste into tableware or furniture? And how do we make reuse more sustainable?
13.30 and 15.00: Edible walk with Caroline Zeevat
Discover the weeds you can eat from Museumpark.
14.00 and 15.00: Transformers workshop by Laura Grimm
How do two cars become a palm tree? How does a broom become a person? Especially for children: photographing with the sun! Make the coolest prints from everyday objects.
Kid's cloths swap shop (0–15 years)
Bring your children’s clothes and exchange them for new items.
Klutz workshop with Charly Blödel
Join Charly Blödel for a furniture-making with construction debris workshop. Your furniture will temporarily feature in The New Garden.
Instant Protest Poetry workhop with Uta Eisenreich and Johanna Himmelsbach
Join Uta Eisenreich and Johanna Himmelsbach and make your own protest sign. Your banner will be exhibited in The Design of the Social!
Art installation by Laura Schurink
Thrift store finds transformed into elegant assemblages, collages and sculptures.
Ō, art installation by Kaja Boudewijn
An experimental installation.
The Powerful Commoner and the Fragile Tyrant, art installation by Fanny Bézie
Inspired by the tension between concrete pavements and weeds breaking through them
The Audio Gardeners from Good Times Bad Times radio
Enjoy a live garden broadcast with Good Times Bad Times radio, renamed the Audio Gardeners for the occasion.
Drinks by Dik & Schil
From peel to cocktail. Try and buy this potent pick-me-up made from coffee grounds and orange peel. Cheers!
New in The New Garden
In the winter of 2021, Het Nieuwe Instituut’s garden was redesigned in response to the Museum Park revamp. It will bloom again in the coming years. Meanwhile, Het Nieuwe Instituut is now the world’s first official zoöp – a new kind of organisation, in which people and non-humans (such as plants and animals) try to live together in harmony. For example, weeds from The New Garden are not simply thrown away and there is a compost heap to stimulate biodiversity.
Upcycling: making something new from (waste) materials or products, so increasing their value.
Recycling: also making something new from waste, but by first destroying the waste product. An example is glass: containers are melted down to make new glass items.
Reuse: using old items again, without changing them, as in the case of second-hand clothing and furniture.
Regenerative design: goes one step further than sustainable design. For example, where a sustainable design emits less CO2, a regenerative design will store CO2. Nature, environment and social aspects are taken into account in the design.