FDMCI Learning Communities

Making Sustainability Work


In the project ‘Making Sustainability Work’ creative social entrepreneurs, educators and researchers are invited to join a workshop series to explore the upcoming field of biofabrication.

Using bio-based resources such as algae, food waste, bacteria and fungi, participants will discover more sustainable alternatives to traditional design materials and how they can be manipulate under the guidance of practitioners from the international Fabricademy network or fashion and textile labs. Through experimental making, learning and reflecting, participants collaboratively explore connections between renewable design materials and social entrepreneurship in the context of the Amsterdam creative industries.

Explore the expressiveness

Sustainable materials and circular design have become core topics across all design disciplines. While many labs in industries and universities create advanced materials, there is a need for designers to explore the expressiveness of these new materials. For new natural materials such as microbial vegan leather and fungal dyes to find uptake in design communities, supply chains need to be cultivated in the form of small production facilities of micro-factories.

In this project, we are looking to make connections between locally abundant waste streams, designers and crafts people in relation to Amsterdam’s social fabric and the urban commons. Can we change our attitudes to finite or toxic materials through design interventions? What is needed to bring these techniques from university labs to design studios, schools and creative communities of practice?

Topics and techniques covered include biopolymer manipulation, growing microbial and fungal design materials, as well as digital fabrication and parametric design.

The project resulted in a public talk at SPUI25, and was followed up by a publication in May 2021.

Making Sustainability Work is a project in collaboration with the Fashion Research & Technology Group, led by dr. Troy Nachtigall, and funded by the Centre for Creative Innovation (CoECI) .

Gepubliceerd door  FDMCI Learning Communities 17 mei 2021

Project Info

Startdatum 01 jan 2020
Einddatum 01 jan 2022


Loes Bogers (l.bogers@hva.nl)