Dancing, sweating, flushing
ROTTERDAM (NL) - Enviu (innovators in sustainability) and Döll – Atelier voor de Bouwkunst developed a concept for a sustainable dance club based on the idea that sustainability should be a natural component of everyday life, even in 'consumer' activities like going out on the town. Natural not only means that the necessary technologies must be developed and made available/affordable for club owners and other entrepreneurs, but also that the image attached to sustainability should be made more hip and thereby more accessible to a broad audience.
The basis for the sustainable dance club consists of existing technologies, like wind turbines, solar panels, grey-water circuits and sustainable (renewable) materials. What is important and new, however, is that in this plan, visitors no longer play a passive role: they produce energy as well. They do this when they dance on the energy-generating dance floor, which powers energy-efficient LED walls, video screens and even the sound system. The sweat produced by the energetic dancing is also distilled from the air, to be used, in combination with rainwater, for flushing toilets.
The only thing standing in the way of a more environmentally friendly nightlife is that the dance floor has yet to be developed. At the presentation of the plan in October 2006 at Rotterdam's Off Corso club, sustainable clubbing was still mostly confined to biologically produced and 'fair trade' drinks, a recycle eatery serving the leftovers of top restaurants, and decorations made out of PET bottles.
The first truly sustainable dance club is expected to open its doors in late 2007. Location to be announced.
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