Project description

The project aims to enhance the value attributed to everyday objects as a commentary on current construction systems. This is explored within the context of high material waste in the construction industry in the UK. The inefficient manner in which the construction industry functions has long been linked with a high proportion of green house gases.

Discussed at varying scales, the proposed community up-cycling centre is both an experiment in construction, where up-cycled and revalued materials make up the majority of the structure as well as a model centre for the awareness of more environmentally conscious daily behaviours. These are modelled through workshops where individuals are introduced to refitting and up-cycling techniques of various daily objects to extract greater value and afford longer lifespans to objects. 

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Material re-assembly

The project aims to re-assemble major component and material groups that already exist at the original site in an effort to reduce construction waste and afford these materials a 'new' life. These include offcuts  such as broken pieces of brick, pebbledash and concrete. 

Re-assembly process of materials and components from original site
Ground floor Plan
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Material distribution database

The idea feeds off the concept of reducing construction waste and increasing the reuse opportunity of materials from existing sites. In this case, the database would connect disassembled material components from 'old' building sites with 'new' building sites. 

The database would accumulate the necessary quantities of a given material based on the user's needs by pulling from various sources. 

Material redistribution database
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