Architecture and Recycling

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The topic of recycling, presented in this issue, is the “re-use” of materials, objects and structures, for different purposes, and in different ways from their original uses, in order to build or re-build, to provide possible solutions to problems related to the environment, and to manage waste more intelligently.

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Tyres, containers, bottles, cans, CD-ROMs and even keyboards, can find new and unexpected uses in experimental architecture, exhibition pavilions, or low-cost housing. With recycled objects, one can build anti-seismic and energy efficient houses. Recycled materials can contribute towards building shelters to meet the needs of people affected by disasters. There are many topics connected to recycling, and they vary depending on the objects that one wishes to recycle and how they will be put to use.

Used tyres find many applications in REfunc architecture and the Bohlin-Cywinski-Jackson studio. Dorte Mandrup transformed a piezometer into the supporting structure for apartments built with standardized modules. David Hertz reused the wings of a 747 as roof for a villa in Malibu. TYIN Tegnestue architects restored a building with recycled materials, mainly found on location. Yatin Pandya and Footprints E.A.R.T.H. built an activity centre in Ahmedabad using items that were considered as rubbish to their original owners. James & Mau and Infiniski designed fashion homes with recycled containers. The same kind of containers were used by MacArthur Studio and Means & Wells, to build a travelling exhibition pavilion. The GAD. In London, Folke Koebberling and Martin Kaltwasser constructed an experimental theatre using only recycled materials.

The panorama that emerges shows the extreme heterogeneity of the work, materials and techniques, the intuitive approach and the infinite possibilities offered by recycling. All of these projects highlight the importance of the construction process as an opportunity for learning and discussion.

Boundaries is a quarterly magazine on sustainable, socially engaged and humanitarian architecture. Each issue is monographic, with full texts in English and Italian (facing), and all articles are accompanied by notes and a bibliography for further reading. ISSN 2239-0332.

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05/03/2014

Responsible Architecture!

Each issue of the Italian magazine Boundaries is devoted to a theme, such as "Architecture for Emergencies" and "Architectures of Peace." Issues 5 and 6 have very similar themes, in that buildings made from shipping containers are another means of recycling; in fact, a couple of the projects collected in "Architecture and Recycling" use such containers. These two themes, and the projects found within, have a larger reach than, say, the first issue's focus on architecture in Africa; yet there still exists an emphasis on responsible architecture and finding alternatives for underserved people in much of the world. "Container Architectures" is an especially good issue, loaded with some of the best examples in the still-popular trend. It's as good (if not better in some respects) than the Container Atlas; and it's quite a bit cheaper.

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Architecture and Recycling

Architecture and Recycling

The topic of recycling, presented in this issue, is the “re-use” of materials, objects and structures, for different purposes, and in different ways from their original uses, in order to build or re-build, to provide possible solutions to problems related to the environment, and to manage waste more intelligently.

English edition.

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