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  • BOOK LAUNCH INVITATION 'Solar Futures: How to Design a Post-Fossil World with the Sun'
  • Ronja Driessen
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BOOK LAUNCH INVITATION 'Solar Futures: How to Design a Post-Fossil World with the Sun'

BOOK LAUNCH INVITATION 'Solar Futures: How to Design a Post-Fossil World with the Sun'

Jap Sam Books and Marjan van Aubel would like to invite you for the book launch of Solar Futures on 8th of September at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam at 13:30 CET. 

Solar Futures, the past, present and future of solar energy mapped out by award-winning solar designer Marjan van Aubel. Additional texts by Matylda Krzykowski and Sander Mann, Edited by Marjan van Aubel and Eleonoor Jap Sam and with a beautiful design by SJG (Joost Grootens, Dimitri Jeannottat and Julie da Silva). 

‘It’s time for the transition from solar technology to solar design, where we use the power of beauty to help facilitate change.’ – Marjan van Aubel

After a welcome by publisher Eleonoor Jap Sam, an introduction will be given by Matylda Krzykowski, moderator of the event. Author Marjan van Aubel will give a presentation of the book about the design and content. A panel discussion will be held with the interviewees. After the presentation of the first copy there will be the opportunity to purchase the book at NAI Booksellers and get your copy signed!

Thursday September 8th, 13:30 CET
Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25 3015 CB Rotterdam


About the publication 
Solar Futures: How to Design a Post-Fossil World with the Sun by solar designer Marjan van Aubel explores the future of solar energy.

Solar energy needs a new narrative - one that says goodbye to old perspectives and only talks about the efficiency and the payback time of blue solar panels. This publication illustrates what we need to know to transition from solar technology to solar design using everyday integrated aesthetic solutions.

The book is divided into three parts: the first part explains how we designed with the sun in the past, providing a visual timeline of the historical development of solar power. The second part discusses the present: Where are we now and what is solar design? It provides examples of innovative solar design in architecture, fashion, mobility and product design. Finally, the last part looks at the future and asks how we can ensure solar energy does not become the asbestos of the 21st century.

For this book Marjan Van Aubel interviewed various experts from the field such as Paola Antonelli, MoMA, Ben van Berkel, founder of UNStudio, Lex Hoefsloot, founder of Lightyear, Marjan Minnesma, activist and many more. 

'What makes energy unique is its alluring, intangible force – you cannot touch or hold it, yet everything is imbued with it. As Marjan van Aubel says: ‘You can bring, make, give and consume energy. We have to figure out how to do it.’ – Matylda Krzykowski, designer, curator and artist

Marjan van Aubel (1985) is an award-winning innovative solar designer that brings solar energy into daily life. She designs for a positive future by combining the field of sustainability, design and technology. Van Aubel’s goal is to make solar power more accessible for everyone. She has created lasting change through solar design, integrating solar power seamlessly into the buildings and objects that surround us. Her most notable works are Sunne, Current Table, Power Plant and the roof of the Netherlands Pavilion at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai.

The Solar Biennale September 9th - October 30th
An initiative of solar designers Marjan van Aubel and Pauline van Dongen, counterbalances the prevailing technological and economic viewpoints on solar energy. For seven weeks, the biennale focuses on the human angle: a solar-powered world goes beyond scientific research and uniform solar panels, after all.

Pre-order Solar Futures: How to Design a Post-Fossil World with the Sun

Download the official press release here

Author: Marjan van Aubel, additional texts: Matylda Krzykowski, Sander Mann, final editors: Marjan van Aubel, Eleonoor Jap Sam, design: SJG (Joost Grootens, Dimitri Jeannottat, Julie da Silva), printer: Wilco Art Books, size: 17 x 24 cm, number of pages: 288, language: English, binding: hardcover, ISBN: 978-94-92852-65-6, release date: September 2022, price: €39,95

This publication by Jap Sam Books has been made possible with the support of the Creative Industries Fund NL, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and the Sandberg Institute.

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