A building made of remodelled aircraft fuselages piled on top of each other; clothes hangers in a clothes shop made of dismantled car windscreens; a house whose walls are made of stacked squares of used carpet. Superuse, a book by the architects Ed van Hinte, Cesare Peeren and Jan Jongert is full of such examples of sustainable construction, illustrated with numerous delightful photos. 'Humans are the only animals that produce a lot of end-of-life waste,' says Peeren. 'The aim of Superuse is to close the cycle, to create a lifecycle closer to that of nature.' The audience for this sustainable architecture manual is primarily planners and architects. For the latter in particular, Superuse practices can be very beneficial. 'If you can use an architectural project to channel waste into construction, that can have a considerable effect.' According to Peeren, re-use is becoming increasingly necessary from a financial point of view.
'It's getting more and more expensive to dispose of waste.' The three architects note a lack of knowledge. 'We have been trying to make re-use of waste in construction possible for about a decade. It was time to bring together this knowledge, not only ours, but worldwide expertise in this field.' The goal of this very interesting and useful little book, published in English by Editions 010, of Rotterdam, is summed up in the preface: 'The most important philosophical question that this book on Superuse poses therefore is: how can people involved in the building process learn to deal with the freedom offered by a new perspective on what constitutes a building? The mission of Superuse is to open it up.'