February 8, 2023

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Dirk, Laura, and Yanaika Denuel Build a Sustainable Village in a Visionary Library (Schoten)

Dirk, Laura, and Yanaika Denuel Build a Sustainable Village in a Visionary Library (Schoten)

John Ohman

Yanaika Denoyelle is a bioengineer and part-time ‘climate assistant’ at Econopolis, the organization through which well-known TV face Gert Nowels advises governments and businesses on how to make a profit without harming our planet. This week she published her book Climate Shock in which Denuel Jr. proposes twenty possible solutions for Belgium, from a climate diet to carbon capture and future neighborhoods with batteries and solar panels on every roof.

Her sister, Laura, is an architect, and based on that major, she is equally concerned about our planet and comes up with creative solutions. One such example is her book Tiny Homes, which will come out of press in 2023. Laura Denwell also helped her father organize his sustainability exhibition, which was previously shown at Technopolis and at the Royal Palace in Laeken.

Dirk Denwell with Greta Thunberg from Lego, with a chandelier by Rina Prime floating in the background. © JAA


The LEGO scenes will be on display at the Prime Library until January 21. She certainly would have obtained permission from the long-deceased architect to erect Schouten. He came up with the concept of the linear city nearly a hundred years ago. All residential and industrial projects will be concentrated in one specific area in order to leave the rest of the landscape untouched. The opposite of what would happen later in Flanders with the development of the strip. Baraem Library is a brutal ode to the four natural elements: fire, earth, air and water.

“Inspired by my daughters’ innovative ideas, I want to paint a positive picture of the future through this exhibition and present solutions through various Lego devices. For example, there is a small sustainable city and you can see how we can protect the coast from rising sea levels.”

Ducks show the way

Denoyelle also built two homes next door to each other for this show: one that is beautiful and elegant, and one that has the same comfort but a more climate and environmental friendliness. The garden was given a pool instead of a pool, permeable tiles, no air conditioning but a tree by the window… “I want to draw attention to environmental and climate issues in a positive way, focusing on what we are doing and ourselves to solve this problem,” he says. says Denuel, who came to open the gallery in Schotten himself with his family.

“This is how kids figure out how they can make a difference in the climate crisis: stop flying, eat more or less meat, follow the tips of the waste ladder… The odd ducks, with their bodies shaped like different vehicles, all have a different footprint. And this is It immediately makes clear that the train is better for the climate than the car, and that cruise ships pollute by far.”

Denoyelle supplemented the gallery with a series of mosaics by famous scientists. And of course Greta Thunberg cannot be missed. 8,000 stones crawled to the young climate activist. Braembib lacks the space to allow creative visitors to help build a sustainable city, as has been possible in Technopolis, as elsewhere. (indeed)

Blocks in the library, Building for the future, Lego blocks, Science and Renaat Braem until January 21 at the Braem Schoten Library, Sint-Cordulaplein 10, during the library’s opening hours. Dirk Denuel Expo in Primpip


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