BBM Blog – Entry 10
The Re-Use Atlas: A designer’s guide to the circular economy
Since the Waste House was completed in June 2014, our very own Duncan Baker-Brown has been working on a book that considers the challenges and opportunities presenting designers and clients who wish to ‘mine the anthropocene’, i.e.work with existing places, communities and stuff previously mined and processed. Duncan’s recently published book is entitled ‘The Re-Use Atlas: A Designer’s Guide to the Circular Economy’ and this blog provides an opportunity to read parts of the book, enjoy!
This entry features the tenth in the series of case studies from Duncan’s book. This week’s case study details The Hy-Fi organic compostable tower by The Living. The Living is perhaps best known for its Hy-Fi installation for the contemporary art institution MoMA PS1, based at Long Island City, New York. These temporary towers were constructed using more than 10,000 bricks that, incredibly, were grown rather than manufactured, using a combination of agricultural by-products (chopped-up corn stalks) and mushroom mycelium, which acts as a natural glue.
Next week’s blog discusses RAU Architects and Turntoo’s new HQ for Alliander in Duiven, which involves the reworking and extension of existing buildings, and their extension to Brummen Town Hall. Both projects are extensions to existing buildings, although Brummen Town Hall has the added challenge of conservation of a designated monument.
Check out the tenth entry here