Full price: $67.00
Member: $50.00


Course outline
Course structure and materials
Length of course
CPD hours
Learning outcome
Competency standards

Course outline

From the 2013 National Architecture Conference
Cesare Peeren’s presentation focuses on the creative use of recycling and upcycling of locally found waste in architecture. He demonstrates the abundance of material available for recycling, and discusses the regulatory and industry frameworks which can constrain or enable its re-use. The projects of his practice Superuse Studios shows how we can design and build beautiful, functional and potentially reusable structures for future generations, and how sustainability begins from the designer.

AACA Competency: Design


Cesare Peeren: Superuse Studios, Netherlands

Cesare Peeren is co-founder of Rotterdam-based Superuse Studios (formerly 2012Architects). With 15 years’ experience in building for a sustainable society, the firm now comprises four studios, each dedicated to a specific segment of their strategy: superusing available flows and resources and connecting them into urban ecosystems.
The practice is committed to ‘reuse’ as an integral design strategy. It holds that the intrinsic qualities of used materials and location add value if they are incorporated into new products and compositions, and have developed processes for auditing and managing local waste materials for the purposes of innovative design.
Peeren co-authored the book Superuse: Constructing New Architecture by Shortcutting Material Flows (010 Publishers, 2007) and is active in the online community.

Course structure and materials

  • Audio-visual Flash presentation
  • Formal assessment

    Length of course

    1 hour

    Continuing professional development hours


    1 formal Continuing Professional Development (CPD) point.

    Learning outcome

    After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe some of the philosophies behind building a sustainable society
  • Define the terms ‘reuse’, ‘superuse’ and ‘recyclicity’
  • Justify the use of waste products as effective and innovative building materials
  • Identify and compare design projects that utilise ‘reuse’ as an integral design strategy

    National Competency Standards in Architecture



    Full price $67.00
    Member $50.00
    Practice Membership / A+ $46.00
    Graduate Member $46.00
    SONA Member (student) $25.00

    Pricing is inclusive of GST.

    Technical requirements

    For technical requirements, please visit the FAQ.