Future 50: Rotor 01.08.13

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Icon asked a dozen experts and practitioners to nominate the people they think are, in some way, shaping the future. The resulting list of global talent is a snapshot that shows how young designers and architects are pushing the boundaries of their disciplines and trying to change the world

Brought together by a common interest in the material flows in industry and construction, Rotor is a collective of people with a perspective on sustainability that is changing the way we look at waste materials and by products. Founded in 2005 by Maarten Gielen and Tristan Boniver, the group develops critical positions on design, materials and waste through research, exhibitions, writing and conferences. It also realises design and architectural projects, including the Belgian pavilion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale. "Things started with an interest in waste materials," Gielen says. "But we were quickly brought to consider the questions of appreciation, wear, weathering and representation. We try to cultivate our curiosities." Rotor is currently curating the next Oslo Architecture Triennale. "The central ambition of OAT is a critical investigation of the notion of sustainability," Gielen says. "In the age of climate change and dwindling resources, it has not become easier for designers and architects to respond to questions of morality."


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