RESOURCEFUL MATERIALS: A Critical Framework for Repurposing in Architecture – A Method of Material Resourcefulness and Diverting Waste from Landfills
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This thesis is an investigation into the use of unconventional materials in architecture – ones not typically used as building materials: repurposed items. A framework is established for how to select items for repurposing (in terms of recyclability, abundance, economy/culture and locality) and how to apply them (in terms of modification, labour, buildability, and elegance). This is accomplished by first examining the current practices of sustainability and ideas around how we interact with waste and efforts of diverting from the landfill. Repurposing offers a strategy of using unsustainable items that already exist, in a sustainable way so they do not continue to degrade our world and waste our resources. In a larger context, this thesis aims to change the conversation around waste and offer other ways to divert from landfills in all aspects our lives.