Multidisciplinary practice SuperSpatial was selected as one of the 6 finalists for the South Korean Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai. Their design explores the future of e-waste through an architecture that re-uses thousands of obsolete computer parts as a construction material. Shaped as an amphitheater for temporary events, the project uses the Expo as an occasion to think about the global problem of e-waste by using a pavilion as a critical medium. The Milan-based design team was joined by Korean architect Joon Ma, and together, their project was awarded an honorable mention. As the team states, South Korea is one of the leading countries in the production of electronic components, and the pavilion was made as an experiment to transform obsolete computer parts, cast in resin, into a construction material. The proposal was formed as a physical manifestation of the digital and the mechanical infrastructures that enable human consciousness and mental activity as a space to connect and to communicate. Aiming to bring to light the invisible infrastructures that connect people, the pavilion was designed to display the inter-connectivity between both the digital and the physical engineering that creates future realities.
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