The RIBA Journal May 2017
Published Inside: Further insight into “The Re-Use Atlas” and Duncan’s case study on LYN Atelier’s Hub 67
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Journal Issue: May 2017 Vol124 Issue 5
“The Re-Use Atlas: A Designer’s Guide to the Circular Economy” Blog
This months RIBA Journal features the second in a series of articles on reuse written by Duncan! The article featured in the Intelligence: Sustainability section is entitled “Second life” and discusses “The Re-Use Atlas” along with details on Duncan’s case study on LYN Atelier’s Hub 67.
“Re-use applies to either synthetic or organic material that would normally be thrown away. These products require inventive designers that see potential in things that others discard. The best re-use projects do not reprocess waste material and therefore do not have the large carbon footprints associated with recycling. This is a big leap forward from recycling as the value of the ‘waste’ resource can stay the same or, on occasion, increase.
This therefore is the second step towards a ‘closed loop’ systems, as exemplified by Hub 67, by LYN Atelier. The project tests the potential to construct a building using second-hand material, while simultaneously addressing the challenging constraints of both the Building Regulations and standard NEC Construction Contracts.
Andrew Lock founded LYN Atelier, a London-based architecture, interiors, exhibition and theatre design practice, in 2009, after winning a design competition. Fairly soon LYN was getting commissions for temporary buildings such as The Festival Village below the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s South Bank. This project gave the practice the opportunity to explore collaborative design processes (in this case involving up to 200 artists).
In 2011, LYN Atelier was invited to bid for what became the Hub 67 project: a temporary community centre made from material collected in shipping containers after the Olympics closed in 2012. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) had a huge site in the Lea Valley (over 10 football pitches in area, according to Lock), where structures such as temporary food kiosks and banks etc were being deconstructed, as well as running track, seating, concrete barriers and lots of other valuable material. The ODA was keen to prove that it could create something meaningful for one of the communities near to the Olympic site. Initially, Lock says, it was really difficult to assess the potential of the resources, as his team was only allowed an hour or so on site. Instead of providing a detailed design proposal for their winning bid, the team produced what Lock called a ‘statement of intent: a working methodology’.
The Re-Use Atlas is a highly illustrated ‘atlas’, taking the reader on a journey, via four distinct ‘steps’ (recycling, reuse, reduce, closed loop), from our current ‘linear economy’ towards a system emulating the natural world, i.e, a ‘circular economy’. Featuring over 25 detailed case studies describing design exemplars from the worlds of textile & fashion design, product design, interior architecture, architecture and urban design, its purpose is to show designers how they can successfully navigate and exploit the emerging field of resource management and the circular economy. Each step is supplemented with an in depth interview with an expert who is successfully tackling one or more of these challenges that present all designers today
“The Re-Use Atlas: A Designer’s Guide Towards a Circular Economy” is now available to buy via this link, please quote “reuse5” to receive a £5.00 discount.