Welcome to the Superuse open source community, We’re building an ecosystem to promote the use of redundant material.
Harvestmap (Oogstkaart in Dutch) is an online marketplace for redundant and second hand materials. Harvestmap allows companies or individuals to make an inventory of their supply of materials, components or even buildings to superusers. All materials, ranging from small quantities to continuous flows of (industrial) leftovers are represented. Registration to Superuse.org will give you acces to Harvestmap too. Participation allows you to share your own supply, provide tips to the community and find available resources in your neighbourhood or the surroundings of a project. Oogstkaart is under continuous development as we learn how to improve the platform, making sharing resources even more simple.
Superuse.org is an online community of designers, architects and everybody else who is interested in inventive ways of reuse materials, elements and components. The site allows you to post items at various scales within the reuse-topic. All examples of small commodities, furniture, interiors, buildings and reuse at an urban scale are welcomed. As well showing applications, we promote the development of knowledge on the subject by starting up discussions, adding historical background and allowing user comments. Logged in on the fully renewed Superuse platform, you can share your designs, collect votes and vote for the stories you appreciate! A story on superuse now allows you to add multiple images, location, pricing and can be supported by documentation you would like to share with your audience.
Support and Partners
The Superuse/harvestmap platform has been made possible with the generous support of stichting Doen in 2012.
As of november 2015 we’ll announce a strategic partnership with Van Gansewinkel, the Largest waste logistics and processing company and one of the frontrunners in creating a circular economy in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg. This collaboration aims at increasing structural supply of industrial waste for creative reuse as a high value addition to the recyclingprocesses Van Gansewinkel currently manages.
Superuse Studios is collaborating with ZERI and The Blue Economy and aims at expanding its platform services to the rapidly growing number of blue entrepreneurs. We foresee the inorganic materials section that is now offered at oogstkaart to be added by other resources like superfluous organic matter, empty space, funding and workforce that allow enterpreneurs to build a business on wasteflows. Future updates will be communicated via the LinkedinGroup Blue Economy by Gunter Pauli.
If you want to become a partner of the platform too please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Superuse.org is initiated and managed by Superuse Studios, formerly known as 2012Architecten. In 2003 we started developing our first webplatform called Recyclicty.net as we foresaw the growing need to exchange the vast amounts of discarded components and elements in our society. Recyclicity.net was a collaboration between 2012Architecten, StealthGroup and Omnicom and was supported by DOEN, stadsregio rotterdam and the Dutch fund for architecture. In 2005 we launched the webplatform that allowed different users to acces materials and knowledge on their reapplication via different interfaces fitting their professional interest. We were too early in all respects, the scarcity of resources was only seriously considered by a handful of people and the abundance in funding new realestate covered up the need for an alternative economy that would be based on what is already available. The ambitious project at the same time challenged the technical possibilities of the Internet. A lot of coding had to be created from scratch. And even though Google maps did not yet exist Recyclicity.net was one of the first websites that allowed its users to search geotagged data by a radius around a given postal code. The platform was well received, identified hundreds of resources for material supply and collected hands-on knowledge of many architectural reuse projects around the world. The lack of urgencye unfortunately did not create the community we had hoped for. For several reasons we decided to take the site offline by 2006 and to rebuild our concept in smaller segments.
Superuse.org, a showcase for reuse design, was first launched in collaboration with suite75 in 2007. It started as a quick experiment accompanying the publication of our book Superuse, Constructing New Architecture by Shortcutting Material Flows. Its growing succes with thousands of visitors per day and many different contributions from around the globe led to a necessairy renovation version 2.0 in 2010 . At that time Superuse.org ranked #35.000 on Alexa with special popularity in Asia. Superuse.org lost a bit of popularity due to the very popular platform Pinterest that includes hundreds of reuse and superuse design pinboards.
Only in 2012 we were able to fully restructure the interface and keep the more than 1000 creative posts accessible to everyone. Version 3.0 was realised by our preferred webpartner Lettow Studios. Apart from a total rebuild of the platform based on WordPress, we were given the chance to re-develop a second segment in 2012. An online map that allows designers and builders to source materials. This connecting platform we started calling Oogstkaart (Harvestmap) since allows you to find material resources for Superuse design in your neigbourhood.
A third branch was added to the platforms in 2014 called Woodguide. This initiative of Upstyle Industries that was executed in collaboration with Superuse Studios allows designers to compare their decisions on use of materials, finishings, tools and connections according to the lifecycle. This platform is yet another support for choosing used materials as an alternative to new. When we find the right resources we’re keen on extending the woodguide with steelguide, glassguide, plasticguide etc.
In 2015 The platform has been rebuilt in such a way that we can offer the technology to other companies too. Everyone that aims to connect geospecific resources to potential demand and interest can acquire a license and adapt the platform to its own needs. Instead of securing exclusive rights to the licensee we aim at sharing the data open source, this means that each offspring of harvestmap includes the option to share its resources with the others. We beleive this will result in a much richer and optimised exchange of resources. The first licencee of the Harvestmap technology is Lifestyle renting (launching fall 2015), a division of MORR Architecture.
More than 10 years after the launch of our first platform, superuseing has become an acknowledged niche that is an positive drive for the Circular Economy. We see more and more professionals including reuse of materials in their designs, and clients regquiring it in tenders for buildings. Harvestmap starts to play an important role in organising and communicating this development. In In the past period we have built a network of usergroups that prepare to actively use the platform in Warsaw, Vienna, Paris, Shenzhen (CN) and Christchurch (NZ) since the platform is infinitably scalable we hope to welcome you as one of them soon and are very pleased with any contribution you want to make to the continuous development.
Harvestmap Development team : Jan Jongert & Jos de Krieger assisted by Arie van Ziel, Eva Souren, Joost Marchal, Karola van Rooyen and Sanne Verhoeven.
The platforms have been prodcued by Lettow Studios, Vincent van Lettow and Kevin Brandse