RE-Action! Sustainability through Social Innovation

17 July till 2 October 2011

REcentre, centre for sustainable design in the Meuse-Rhine Euregion, presented several best practices from home and abroad, and compared these to eight projects from Maastricht and the region.

Three years after the start of its programme, REcentre looked back and assessed the current situation. Although sustainability is the magic word these days, we cannot yet speak of a sustainability revolution. Sustainable innovation still seems to be synonymous with complexity. Establishing sustainability and durability requires producers to make substantial investments, both in time and money, and is based on an innovative and flexible relationship with the user. In times of crisis, however, producers often simply cannot afford to take risks.

It is for this reason that opportunities now lie in bottom-up initiatives. Thanks to their organic structure and smaller scale, such initiatives are more flexible than those in large-scale industries. When the quality of life within an area and the participation of a community are of paramount importance, a social agenda can provide a social impulse that can lead to economic yield.  REcentre presented best practices with a common factor: it is not the industry assumes that the role of initiator, but individuals and communities that tend to give the impetus for sustainable change. For REcentre, platform for sustainable design in the Meuse-Rhine Euregion, this led to the decision to emphasize the importance of social innovation as an agent for sustainability in the exhibition Re-Action!

Curator: Linde Dorenbosch

Phtography: Johannes Schwartz

Graphic design: Experimental Jetset

Exhibition Design: Maurer United Architects



Window prints