About me

Hi! I am Will van Twuijver, a Rotterdam-based designer and part-time farmer working on regenerative design processes. This means that my work is informed by an overarching goal to design and develop systems that integrate environmental restoration and human wellbeing. In practice, my work is focused on the intersection of sustainable food production and grassroots-initiatives.

Focusing on this intersection allows me to explore alternative forms of food production and distribution that are based on solidarity principles, return to a human scale and increase awareness on the natural processes that form the basis of our food system. I have several years of involvement in grassroots initiatives that explore such alternatives, including projects that involve Community Supported Agriculture initiatives, waste food processing collectives and home-brewing.

In 2012 I graduated with a bachelor in interior architecture at Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, followed by a master in Collaborative & Industrial Design at the Aalto University, Finland in 2019. To further deepen my understanding on regenerative design, I completed multiple courses on the topic. Such as a minor studies on Sustainability, a certified permaculture design course and attended several summer schools. Currently, I am enrolled in a two year course in biodynamic agriculture at the Warmonderhof in the Netherlands.

CSA & Codesign 1 5

How does the relationship between farmers and citizens affect the design of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model? My master thesis explores the development of a CSA farm in Espoo, Finland.

Back to the Land 2.0 1 2 5

In the Summer of 2018 I participated in the ‘Back to the Land 2.0’ Summer School in the village of Hjulsjö, Sweden. The aim of the course was to explore the relationship between rural and urban food system through the Theory-U framework.

Urban Carbon Sinks 5

What are the possibilities for urban carbon capture initiatives in Helsinki and how can citizens be engaged in such initiatives. This study explores these questions.

Climate Change of Work 5

In August 2017 I participated in the ‘Climate Change of Work’ Summer School. This Summer School was organised by the Finnish experimental educational platform Trojan Horse and explored alternative approaches, meanings and relationships towards what (to do) work means.

The Upward Spiral 5

The Upward Spiral (2017) was a project to research the feasibility of producing humanure for commercial purposes in informal settlements. This research project was implemented as a part of The Sustainable Global Technologies studio course at Aalto University and brings together students from different fields to study in a multidisciplinary team. The approach increases understanding of other disciplines and enables adapting a holistic approach to search for more creative solutions to problematic situations.