Change makers - Melle Smets en Kris de Decker

00:06:15 416 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
How can human muscle power provide us with energy? Melle Smets and Kris de Decker think the solution to energy problems can be found when we change our behavior.


In the Human Power Plant, Melle Smets and Kris de Decker explore how a vacant 22-storey building on the Utrecht University campus can be trans¬formed into student accommodation powered entirely without fossil fuels. This aim can be realized through low-tech solutions, the muscle power of the 750 residents and some changes to their lifestyle.

Video credits

Video: Anouk Wouters
Interview: Sophie Heijkoop
With thanks to: Melle Smets, Kris de Decker
Subtitles: Einion Media
With support from: Fonds 21, VSBfonds, Gemeente Rotterdam, BankGiro Loterij, Boijmans Business Club

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  • Change makers

    From within the design world, there is a growing readiness to tackle the big systemic problems of our time: scarcity of raw materials, growing social inequality and increasing migration due to conflicts. For designers, these problems are not a threat but rather an opportunity to create something new. This series features seven interviews with ‘changemakers’; designers who adopt a critical stance and appeal for urgent change.