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Towards a Common Practice of Material Recycling

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.

Upcycle House by Lendager Group is built using recycled materials. Image © Jesper RayHoliday Cabin by Lendager Group uses  using waste wood and upcycled bricks. Image © Rasmus Hjortshøj - COASTWasteland Exhibition. Image © Rasmus Hjortshøj - COASTThe construction of the UMAR unit. Image © Wojciech Zawarski+ 9

Which Materials are Easiest to Recycle?

The construction industry is responsible for 75% of the consumption of earth's natural resources. Stone, sand, iron, and many other finite resources are extracted in huge quantities to supply the markets. Additionally, construction sites themselves generate enormous quantities of waste, whether through construction, demolition, or remodeling. In Brazil, for example, construction waste can represent between 50% and 70% of the total mass of municipal solid waste [1]. This waste often ends up in landfills and dumps rather than being properly disposed of, overwhelming municipal sanitation systems and creating informal disposal sites.

Australian Institute of Architects Announces 2015 National Architecture Awards

The 2015 winners of the Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards have been announced at a ceremony in Brisbane.

Overall, 42 projects received 46 awards in 14 categories, including commercial, public, and interior architecture. Winners were selected by a jury from the Chapter Architecture Awards, held earlier this year.

Read on after the break for a list of the winners.

Australian Institute of Architects Honors Australian Designs Abroad

The Australian Institute of Architects’ International Chapter has announced the winners of its 2015 International Architecture Awards, which honors projects by Australian architects abroad.

Out of 26 entries, the jury, chaired by Grant Marani, awarded five projects, and commended four more in the interior, public, residential, and small project architecture categories.

Awarded projects are now also in the running for the 2015 Jørn Utzon Award for International Architecture, to be announced at the National Architecture Awards in November.

Read on for the full list of awards and commendations, after the break.

The Quota House / Pluskontoret Arkitekter

Nyborg, Denmark

Adaptable House / GXN + Henning Larsen

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Nyborg, Denmark
  • Architects: GXN, Henning Larsen
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  146
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Troldtekt

The Maintenance-Free House / Arkitema Architects

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Nyborg, Denmark

Casa Spodsbjerg / Christoffersen & Weiling Architects

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Spodsbjerg, Denmark

Upcycle House / Lendager Arkitekter

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Nyborg, Denmark