TECHNE 16 (2018): Matter is design
Research & Experimentation

Waste materials superuse and upcycling in architecture: design and experimentation

Serena Baiani
Dipartimento PDTA, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italia
Paola Altamura
Dipartimento PDTA, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italia
TECHNE 16 (2018): Matter is design
Published May 16, 2018
Keywords
  • Superuse,
  • Upcycling,
  • Building materials,
  • Circular economy
How to Cite
Baiani, S., & Altamura, P. (2018). Waste materials superuse and upcycling in architecture: design and experimentation. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, 16, 142-151. https://doi.org/10.13128/Techne-23035

Abstract

The research programme on the implementation of circular economy in the built environment, whose urgency is acknowledged both at national and at EU level, works on two complementary approaches: reuse (superuse) and recycling (upcycling). The first, theoretical and applied to a pilot case, is one of the first attempts to transpose to Italy the waste materials scouting and harvest mapping process as part of the design project. The second, with the start-up Atlante Inerti Project, which, with EIT funds, experiments an original use of recycled aggregates for the production of urban furniture elements with additive 3D printing and prefabrication of vibration compressed concrete, developing mixes with convincing performances of interest for further applications in the building industry.

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