How mushrooms, old jeans, and used shipping pallets offer sustainable solutions to the architecture of tomorrow.
The world can’t accommodate much more garbage, neither the long-term waste it produces nor the energy needed to build new materials that, to make them, create greenhouse gasses and use precious and non-renewable resources.
But there is hope. There are many examples out there of innovation circumventing traditional waste cycles and creating new materials that are truly sustainable. ETH Zurich’s Department of Architecture and Construction recently published Building from Waste, based on radical examples from around the world of architectural materials sourced from unusual places.
At swissnex San Francisco, we are dedicated to projects around sustainability, architecture, design, urbanism, and green building. That’s why we invited ETH to bring their Building from Waste research and related exhibit to Bay Area audiences and showcase some of the world’s leading projects in this domain.
In preparation for this week of learning, I’ve immersed myself in some of the most compelling examples from the US and elsewhere, many of which are included in Building from Waste. Here are some of the materials we just had to share:
Live in the Bay Area? Stop by swissnex San Francisco from April 21 – April 25, 2015, to see the Building from Waste exhibit and related events on alternative building materials and upcycling.