Rematerial: From Waste to Architecture

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How someone else’s waste can become the next designer’s building material.
Everyday, millions of tons of garbage are dumped into landfills and consigned to perpetual disuse. But when creativity meets resourcefulness, waste can become the material for building. Never before in history has the impact of man on this planet been so important. The construction industry is one of the most polluting in the world, so contemporary architects can play a fundamental role by using waste, and—what’s more, ingenuity—to convert it into structures that are useful, imaginative, and beautiful. In our society, garbage is considered filthy, and we want only to hide it from sight. Rematerial features projects that rescue discarded materials from paper cups to cargo containers and transform them into imaginative, attractive, efficient buildings and projects that are sustainable, innovative, even daring from a conventional perspective.Rematerial brings to light a movement of diverse professionals from around the world who address this fundamental theme: the reuse of materials with architectonic purpose. Though the results are as varied as the designers, all their proposals stem from the intention of giving new life to what had been thrown out.
Complementing the built work shown here, the book presents a series of initiatives aimed at promoting the use of waste in architecture, and articles that illustrate a wide panorama of the contemporary recycling culture.

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“As one of the few books on its topic Rematerial stands out in the field of sustainability and design publications and it would be a good addition to any collection that covers this territory.”
William Morgan - The Providence Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393733143
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/21/2010
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alejandro Bahamón, an architect, photographer, and editor of architecture books, is the author of numerous publications on contemporary architecture, including Sketch Plan Build, The Magic of Tents, Treehouses, Glass Houses, Houses on the Edge, and (with Ana María Álvarez), Light Color Sound. He lives in Barcelona.

Maria Camila Sanjinés lives in Barcelona.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Alejandro Bahamon Bahamon, Alejandro 7

Initiatives 10

Poop House 12

Melbourne, South Australia Andrew Maynard Architects

Pallet Structure 14

1-Beam Design

Dust-And-Earth Bricks 16

Vellalapatty, Madras-State, India

Smart Shelter Foundation, Martijn Schildkamp

Peach-Stone Floors 18

Paarl near Cape Town, South Africa Alla le Roux Roux, Alla le

Lapro, Garbage Grinding Truck 20

Bogota Colombia

Miguel Pacheco Saenz

Projects 22

Message In A Bottle Anneke Bokern Bokern, Anneke 24


Pittsburgh Glass Center 28

Pittsburgh, PA

Forty Eighty Architecture Bruce Lindsey Lindsey, Bruce

Azkoitia Municipal Library 40

Azkoitia, Gipuzcoa, Spain

Estudio Beldarrain

Itt Library 52

Ejutla, Oaxaca, Mexico Juan Manuel Casillas Pintor

Racine Art Museum 62

Racine, WI

Brininstool + Lynch

Museum of Automotion 74

Torrejon de la Calzada, near Madrid, Spain Emilio Tunon Tunon, Emilio

Dismantled City Ramon Bermudez Bermudez, Ramon 84


Christine's House Mason's Bend, AL 90

Rural Studio

Essex St. House 102

Brunswick, near Melbourne, South Austrlia Andrew Maynard Architects

Maisongomme 112

The Hague, The Netherlands

Refunc.NL Jan Korbes Korbes, Jan

Casa Chalu 124

Buenos Aires, Argentina Adamo-Faiden

Random Road 132

Lawrence, KS Dan Rockhill Rockhill, Dan

Studio 320 140

Seattle, WA

HyBrid Architects

Millegomme Cascoland 150

Cape Town, South Africa

Refunc.NL Jan Korbes Korbes, Jan

Big Dig House 162

Lexington, MA

Single Speed Design

Trailer Wrap 172

Boulder, CO Michael Hughes Hughes, Michael

A World Without a Manual Jan Korbes Korbes, Jan 182

Interior Design

A Dudley Street 109

Melbourne, South Australia Shannon Bufton Bufton, Shannon

Liquorish Bar 200

East Dulwich, London, UK Nissen Adams Adams, Nissen

Retank5 Wonderbar 212

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Refunc. NL Jan Korbes Korbes, Jan

Duchi 220

Scheveningen, The Netherlands

2012 Architects

Het Binnenschip 230

Ghent, Belgium


Dry Toilets and Green Roof Terraces Daniel Perera Perera, Daniel 240

Multipurpose Spaces

School Club 244

Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, UK

Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture

Headquarters Of The Asociacion Aula Abierta 254

Granada, Spain Recetas Urbanas Urbanas, Recetas

Willoughby Design Barn 262

Weston, Mo

El Dorado inc.

Ecological Stove Workshop 274

The Hague, The Netherlands

Qenep Sebastiaan Veldhuisen Veldhuisen, Sebastiaan

Space Of Waste 280

Sheffield, UK

University of Sheffield, School of Architecture

Chandigarh, Between Utopia And Garbage Bia/Daniela Sanjines 288


Penumbra 292

Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island, City, NY Jean Shin Shin, Jean

Tourist Circuit in Flydalsjuvet 298

Geiranger Fjord, Norway

3RW Arkitekter

Some Things Will Not Grow 308

Westonbirt, Arboretum, Tetbury, Glos., UK

We Garden Like This

Refuge-Observation Post in Pinohuacho 318

Villarrica, Chile Rodrigo Sheward Sheward, Rodrigo

Return of the Fridges 326

Vilnius, Lithuania

Refunc. NL Jan Korbes Korbes, Jan

Matas Lesaukas

Bibliography 336

Web Sites 337

Index of Architects 338

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