The students of INSIDEflows in the second half of the second semester use their knowledge and experience to actually create a business case. Several stakeholders are joined together to couple the knowledge of flows to the experience with spatial interventions. We worked with the students six weeks to create a real life business, in this case a Milk Bar. This sustainable, circular business was situated in the empty former River Club in the Delftsestraat Rotterdam. The project was part of the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam called ‘Making City’. The Milk Bar was the starting point for integrated sustainable development of and with other entrepreneurs at the Delftsestraat. The aim was to create a circular/social ecosystem that would benefit various stakeholders and transform the interior space. Learning objectives:
Make what you think – teamwork – Test concept in the real world – Learning to establish a link between spatial design and business turnover. – Take up new roles and learn new competences during the project.
100% Zomer prepared and guided the design and implementation from a systemic perspective.
Students succeeded to turn the Milk Bar into a real integrated sustainable business. That made enough profit to recoup the initial investment.
Students worked with the flow model to trace waste, knowledge, money and energy flows in de Delftsestraat. They turned this knowledge into new connected entrepreneurship and business models which led to a new more efficient circular ecosystem cooperation.