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Making material recycling commonplace within the architectural field would require a top-down approach in adapting the industry’s processes and standards to create a suitable framework for the task. However, individual endeavours are bringing about change within the profession, pushing for a reconsideration of architecture’s relationship to waste. This article looks at some of the initiatives that are spearheading the transition towards a common practice of material recycling. Firstly, it is worth mentioning that there are a series of factors responsible for the slow adoption of second-use materials in architecture. The lack of regulation and information regarding potentially salvageable materials, the absence of storage infrastructure, the overwhelming practice of demolition instead of disassembly are a few of the obstacles preventing architects from using recycled materials in their work. The following initiatives have found ways to tackle these challenges and provide an insight into what needs to be accomplished in order to use recycled materials on a broader scale. View more View full description
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