We have not heard news of Joost Bakker in over a decade, so Max Veenhuyzen’s profile and introduction to the documentary previewed above is most welcome:
Mushroom walls and waste-fuelled stoves: inside the self-sufficient home of tomorrow
Joost Bakker believes a house can be more than a place to live: it can be a self-sustaining weapon against the climate crisis. A new Australian documentary explores his bold blueprint
“The most destructive things we humans do,” says Joost Bakker, “is eat.”
In terms of sentences that grab your attention, the introduction to new Australian documentary Greenhouse by Joost is right up there. Then again, Bakker – a multi-disciplinary designer, no-waste advocate and the film’s eponymous protagonist – has long been something of a provocateur.
As a florist, he’s turned heads by combining plant life with found electrical clamps and steel frames to create surprisingly butch flower arrangements. He’s used hay bales to build restaurants with rooftop gardens in the middle of Australian capital cities (plus inspired spin-offs further afield). He’s collected bones from Melbourne fine-diners, boiled them up and served them at a soup kitchen.
In 2020, the Dutch-born, Australian-raised designer’s two decades of high-concept sustainability projects came to a head when he hit go on the construction of Future Food System. Erected in one of the busiest areas of Melbourne, the off-grid, three-storey house and urban farm produced all of its own power and food. Even the cooking gas was generated from human and food waste (Google “biodigester toilet”). Ambitious? Certainly, but that’s how he likes it.
“We can have it all,” Bakker tells Guardian Australia. “We can have houses covered with biology, plants, ecosystems and waterfalls. It’s not necessary for us to be destroying the planet or killing each other with materials that are making us sick. The infrastructure is already there. It’s just about reimagining our suburbs and reimagining our buildings.”…
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