Buildings as material stores and material stories

Community21 team in collaboration with Local Works Studio are presenting an exhibition of mapped waste materials and their meanings as a vision towards the 'circular city' at FutureBuild 2019 in London.

'Buildings as material stores' explores designing buildings for disassembly and the illumination of waste as materials can be continually reused in circular systems in the future - we therefore 'borrow' the resources for the life of the form of the building.

'Buildings as materials stories' also seeks to promote the narratives and stories that can be exploited when we reuse and recycle materials. When we recycle the material we also recycle its history and meaning. We design means to elevate both the social and material value of the fabric of the city through authentic re-use and material messaging and language.

FutureBuild is one of the largest building industry expositions in the world and our exhibition forms part of the WasteZone. The WasteZone is curated by Duncan Baker-Brown alongside our exhibition there are talks from leading thinker from across the globe relating to circular economies.

Mapping waste materials and their meanings

Gathering data

We used the exhibition to gather further data and feedback from the industrial community with regards to the materials and building product research presented.

The city map

Demolition waste brick

'Buildings as materials stories' also seeks to promote the narratives and stories that can be exploited when we reuse and recycle materials. When we recycle the material we also recycle its history and meaning.

This brick takes waste generated through the demolition of previous buildings recycled into the new building. The aesthetic and manufacture celebrate and elevate the status of the re-application of the material.

Rammed chalk structure

WasteZone seminar

Funding partners

The exhibition was generously supported by SB&WRC Interreg project and EU funding and The WasteZone by The University of Brighton Responsible Futures.

The WasteZone team

Designer Nick Gant, architect Duncan Baker Brown, Founder of Freegle Cat Fletcher and Cradle to Cradle author and sustainability pioneer Prof Michael Braungart.