For us to live sustainably on this planet, we need to change how we build. We need a better understanding of the potential (both for good and bad) of the materials we choose, and must figure out how to implement them responsibly, or else risk negative environmental, social, economic, environmental and even political consequences.
Thankfully, designers around the world are taking note. Whether by applying a whole-systems approach, where nothing is wasted throughout manufacturing process, or finding innovative new applications for abundant natural resources, innovative thinkers are exploring concepts today that might shape how we build tomorrow. Here are five at the forefront.
Wearable solar crystals
The more light the solar crystals take in during the day, the greater the possible intensity of the indoor light installation. Credit: Mark Cocksedge
This material has the potential to change our behavior for the better, encouraging us to think more deeply about the energy we consume as well as our physical activity levels.
Building with volcanoes
A series of terracotta bricks was first created, then glazed with the volcanic ash, transforming an unstable material into a stable one and creating an architectural material from the ash. Credit: Dzek and Formafantasma
Alvarez’s white porcelain sculptural forms can be likened to soft-serve ice cream. Credit: Gustav Almestål
It may seem like he’s callously removed the human element from the process of making ceramics, but he’s in fact achieving something much different. With his new machine, he’s embraced self-production, empowering himself to be both designer and manufacturer. This trend has given designers greater creative control of their products, while also allowing them to monitor their processes from beginning to end.
The flooring of Raw Material’s workshop in Rajasthan is polished, while the marble-brick walls are left raw and textured, highlighting the many attributes this material possesses. Credit: Raw Material
What’s more, the team transforms the dust created during marble processing (which is normally very polluting) into a plaster, which they have used as mortar told hold together a marble brick farmhouse they created. By using both disused marble and the waste it processing creates, Raw Material has successfully created a zero-waste production system.
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