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NewsBuilding Innovations • 17 Sep 2021

Snøhetta, Studio Plastique and Fornace Brioni give glass from electronic waste new life in the form of glass tile

A collaboration between Snøhetta, Studio Plastique and Fornace Brioni, Common Sands – Forite positively leverages the unique properties of composition, colour and structure inherent in sand as a waste material into a series of architectural glass tiles. Emphasis has been put on waste glass from ovens and microwaves as a starting point to demonstrate the aesthetic depth, function and potential of the recycled material, but the project is not limited to this material stream alone. © Snøhetta / Studio Plastique / Fornace Brioni Though typically associated with beaches and playgrounds, sand is a precious resource essential to the continued functioning of a society increasingly reliant on technology. Integral to th... More

Project • By Casey Brown ArchitecturePavilions

Permanent Camping 2

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean amongst the lust green paddocks of Berry, sit two tiny copper towers. Designed to provide the essential requirements for shelter – a bed, a deck, a fire place and a bathroom. The demands of living distilled to the essentials. The structure is made from recycled iron bark, sourced from an unused wharf float. It has three manual winches to lift and lower the sides of the building creating an overhang to protect against the summer sun. Entirely pre-fabricated by master craftsman, Jeffery Broadfield and the building team from Smith and Primmer in a barn on site. The building realises many dreams for the client, the architect and the craftsmen. A collaboration relishing the process of making. More

NewsMaterialization • 2 Jul 2020

12 projects that integrate recycled and reused materials in clever ways

In response to daunting environmental challenges, including climate change, architects and designers are increasingly incorporating more sustainably minded solutions into homes, residences, and offices. Among rising trends is the growing use of recycled and reused materials. Aiming to extend the lifecycle of fabric, tile, packaging, and other materials, while creating innovative and memorable spaces, these dozen projects point a way forward in a rapidly changing world. Tess Kelly 1. Greenacres by Austin Maynard Architects  Austin Maynard Architects made use of recycled materials, most notably local bricks, for a private residence in Australia. In particular places, graffiti from the bricks’ previous incarnations is visible... More

NewsBuilding Innovations • 19 Jun 2020

India based Rhino Machines introduces brick made from recycled plastic and sand

The problem: India currently accounts for 10% of world production in the casting and forging industry, of which carbon dust and residue from recycled waste forms nearly 4.3 million metric tons of dumped waste each year, a huge environmental hazard. Added to this is mixed plastic dumping taken across the country by hospitals, industry and society at large. The result is landfills cropping up every few kilometers across major cities.  Ketan Patel  India based company, Rhino Machines has launched the Silica Plastic Blocks - a sustainable building brick that is made from recycling foundry dust/sand waste (80%) and mixed plastic waste (20%). The project comes in collaboration with r+d labs, which is the research wing of the archi... More

Project • By Mathews + Associates ArchitectsPavilions

Braak Pavilion

Die Braak is the historic heart of Stellenbosch. The word "braak" means fallow land, which, in our context, is an unsettling reference to the probable future of our planet. To avoid our planet becoming "braak", we need to significantly change the way we think about the resources available to us. The 2020 Stellenbosch Triennale theme, "Tomorrow there will be more of us", echoes this sentiment.  The pavilion is an analogy for a planet of waste, devoid of resources. It is constructed of reclaimed materials, inviting conversations on the future of our environment and the notion of waste as resource. The public is encouraged to participate in the creation of the pavilion, weaving their own strands of waste into its structure as a metaphor... More

Project • By Studio Toggle ArchitectsPavilions

Unit+

UNIT+ by Studio Toggle is an installation that calls attention to the massive amount of construction waste that is generated during construction activities.   According to a report by the World Bank in 2012, there is a global build-up of 1.3 billion tons of solid waste every year. This volume is expected to increase to 2.2 billion tons every year by 2025. Building material accounts for half of the solid waste generated every year worldwide. The rising concern of countries around the world to construct environmentally sustainable developments has led to the creation of various  strategies to increase the recycling of construction waste.   After analyzing the waste generated by the construction of the Kuwait International A... More

Project • By AshariArchitectsBars

Upcycle Cafe ( Ferdowsi Cafe )

Upcycling Café is about 360 square meters.It is a part of Persian Golf complex in shiraz .The main goal of designing is creating environmental , social and economic sustainability .The waste materials , existing in the location of the project and a locality of collecting wastes ,have been applied .The designing details is in such a way that employer was able to implement them without professional builder. Devoting part of the cafe to eatable vegetables not only provided economic self-efficiency , but also filtered the interior air . We destroyed a portion of exterior wall to supply natural light for plants . Social interaction has been realized through variety of seating , an insular counter and a stage . We used some materials from the pre... More

Product • By Atelier Tobia Zambotti‘The Fan Chair’

‘The Fan Chair’

Considering the urgent environmental issues society has to face, is time for designers to come up with sustainable solutions that aim for a circular economy. Wouldn’t it be ideal if we could contribute to an economic model with closed loops, where we can give a new life to products and materials, especially the ones that are not usually recyclable?   An alarmingly high percentage —79%— of plastic waste around the world is either not recyclable or recycled, accumulating in landfills or sloughing off in the natural environment as trash.   Pursuing this environmentally friendly goal, ‘The Fan Chair’ collection on one hand gives a new life to discarded plastic seats... More

Project • By MARIANOOffices

LH135. Restoration office building

Restore means to work with the history of what we have inherited from the past and, simply, make it look towards the future... That requires looking back with affection but without nostalgia.   When we were asked to carry out the restoration of "LH135" building, as opposed to completely transforming the spaces, our main concept sought to embrace the valuable elements of the original industrial design and made them look towards the future. Originally designed by an engineer, during our first visit to LH135 we found an old industrial building, characterized by a concrete structure of regular columns and beams, terrazzo floor tiles pavement, a granite lobby and an imposing limestone façade.    We decided to restore all these elements and leave... More

Project • By LOT-EKLibraries

Van Alen Books

Van Alen Books is an architecture and design bookstore and public reading room located at the organization’s headquarters in Manhattan’s Flatiron District. Van Alen Books is motivated by an urgent need for spaces where architecture books can be discovered and discussed.   Inviting the public to linger and browse,the store features a 14-foot-tall seating platform crafted from a stack of seventy recycled doors, which ascend to create an amphitheater overlooking 22nd Street through the glazed storefront. The solid wood doors came all from one hotel demolished in NJ, through a nonprofit supplierof salvaged building materials.   The doors form a triangular installation referencing the steps of Times Square’s TKTS... More

Project • By AshariArchitectsPavilions

THE PAUSE

Our response to the challenging architectural installation competition near one of the most important historic gardens “Afif Abad Garden” in Shiraz, Iran was PAUSE.PAUSE is the childish adventure feeling and inspiration that we have not experienced since so many years ago. PAUSE tries to revive the feelings that we have been ignored. Feeling of brick texture tactile; hearing the sound of our steps on the metal sheets, looking at the sky which we pass under of it every single day without any attention to it, not even trying to pause and enjoy watching it. Listening to the “water features located at the site”.PAUSE from the exterior is a cube that holds a suspended brick volume and this is adequate enough to incite the adventure and curiosity... More

Product • By Benjamin Spöth DesignUpcycle lamp Twist

Upcycle lamp Twist

'Upcycle Lamp’ is a series of lamps made by Benjamin Spöth. Carefully crafted from leftover high quality birch plywood. Such a pity to throw away all the leftovers at the wholesale – the designer thought – and started cutting down the two and a half meter long pieces into millimeter thin slices. These slices assembled in different ways makes a family of five lamps: three rather smaller and two bigger versions. While playing around with different pieces, the lamps finally got their shape. Multiplex wood is an interesting material to work with for a lampshade. Every second layer of the plywood shines the light through the material due to the thin slices in combination with the structure of the grain. Some parts of the lamps are steamed bef... More

Product • By Benjamin Spöth DesignUpcycle lamp XY

Upcycle lamp XY

'Upcycle Lamp’ is a series of lamps made by Benjamin Spöth. Carefully crafted from leftover high quality birch plywood. Such a pity to throw away all the leftovers at the wholesale – the designer thought – and started cutting down the two and a half meter long pieces into millimeter thin slices. These slices assembled in different ways makes a family of five lamps: three rather smaller and two bigger versions. While playing around with different pieces, the lamps finally got their shape. Multiplex wood is an interesting material to work with for a lampshade. Every second layer of the plywood shines the light through the material due to the thin slices in combination with the structure of the grain. Some parts of the lamps are steamed bef... More

Product • By Benjamin Spöth DesignUpcycle lamp X

Upcycle lamp X

'Upcycle Lamp’ is a series of lamps made by Benjamin Spöth. Carefully crafted from leftover high quality birch plywood. Such a pity to throw away all the leftovers at the wholesale – the designer thought – and started cutting down the two and a half meter long pieces into millimeter thin slices. These slices assembled in different ways makes a family of five lamps: three rather smaller and two bigger versions. While playing around with different pieces, the lamps finally got their shape. Multiplex wood is an interesting material to work with for a lampshade. Every second layer of the plywood shines the light through the material due to the thin slices in combination with the structure of the grain. Some parts of the lamps are steamed bef... More

Project • By M:OFA Studios Pvt ltdUrban Green Spaces

Pensive: Design Pavilion by M:OFA @ India Design 2014

'Designing for a public space in India goes beyond the aesthetics into multitude of other issues right from functions, economics, sustainability, maintenance, vandalism, and the list could be endless. Being a developing country we are always grappling with infrastructural issues but at the same time for the cultural growth of the country an equal respect needs to be given to art and aesthetics and more so in the public realm, not just in the art galleries where it can be admired by a selected few. Hence it becomes imperative to derive a language of art where the aesthetics seamlessly merge with functionality in every project right from infrastructural to public spaces. So does it mean that a public art/installation in India is always connec... More