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Joost Bakker to delve into ‘the essentialness of dirt’ with ADR’s 30UNDER30 in Sydney


Internationally renowned eco-innovator Joost Bakker will join members of Australian Design Review’s 30UNDER30 at the Miele Chatswood showroom on Wednesday 22 May for a panel discussion that goes beyond the surface of sustainability.

Design can be a dirty business. Few people know this better than the pioneering Australian environmental activist Joost Bakker. 

Often described as “ahead of his time”, the multidisciplinary designer and floral artist has spent over two decades advancing zero-waste thinking and practice. In 2012, he founded Melbourne’s first zero-waste restaurant, serving broth made from the bones discarded by fine-dining restaurants, and in 2020, he was the visionary behind a self-sustaining home in Federation Square.

Joost Bakker
Joost Bakker moderating the 30UNDER30 panel event at Miele HQ in 2022

ADR is delighted to partner with Bakker again following the success of 2022’s panel discussion at Miele’s Melbourne HQ with the 30UNDER30 Interior and Product Design stream. This time, he will be imparting his wisdom to the next generation of architects and innovators of the built world.

The essentialness of dirt 

Joining Bakker on the panel will be 30UNDER30’s Claire Oh, an architectural graduate at BVN, as well as SJB graduate of architecture Sophie Swift. BLP project architect and 30UNDER30 Harsha Rajashekar will be moderating the panel.

The panellists will dig into architecture and design’s waste problem, circular solutions, and innovations in technologies and processes.

‘The essentialness of dirt’ is a free event that takes place on Wednesday 22 May from 6pm at the Miele Chatswood showroom.

Registration closes on 17 May.


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