Future resilient cities will be constructed out of their own refuse. This hypothesis was the spark for the book, Building from Waste: Recovered Materials in Architecture and Construction from ETH Zurich and the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore.
Join the authors at swissnex San Francisco alongside local experts for a conceptual and practical look at materials and products that use waste as a renewable resource. Hear how mushrooms can be a viable building material, how experiments in architecture are incorporating unique products focused on sustainability and renewal, and how San Francisco’s Recology is working towards zero waste for the city by 2025.
As a backdrop to the discussion, the Building from Waste book is available through William Stout book sellers during the event and an exhibition in the space showcases sustainable alternative materials.
6:30 pm doors open
7:00 pm program begins
8:30 pm networking reception
9:30 pm doors close
Building from Waste Exhibit
April 21 – 25, 2015
A showcase of more than 20 different materials produced from waste including plastic bottles, old jeans, and used newspapers.
Constructing Waste: Upcycling and Rethinking Trash
April 25, 2015 at 9:00 am
Garbage could represent an invaluable resource—if only we could rethink its design and purpose. Test your skills at reimagining waste in this workshop.
Thom Faulders has lectured at universities and professional venues internationally, and is licensed to practice architecture in California. He has taught at UC Berkeley and KTH in Stockholm, and is currently Professor of Architecture at CCA/California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
His FAULDERS STUDIO works at the intersection of commissioned architecture, speculative design research, permanent public art installations, and international museum and gallery exhibitions. The multi-disciplinary practice believes that the design of today’s built environment can be positioned as an open condition: a responsive medium formed in direct exchange with active contextual phenomena and dynamic perceptual tactics. With a focus on new production methodologies and innovative material applications, the projects embed architecture with spatial variability that sync stability with change, and are informed through and defined by investigations into emergent behaviors of complex systems.
Awards include AIA New Practices Award, AIA Building Awards, Emerging Architect Award from the Architecture League of New York, SFMOMA Experimental Design Award, Winning Competition Award SF Bay Conservation & Development Commission, Miami Bienal + Beach Competition Award, plus others. Recent winning commissions include Portland State University SRTC public art project, and TriMet Light Rail extension public art project in Portland. The work of FAULDERS STUDIO is published internationally in books and press on contemporary design and theory.
Felix Heisel is a Teaching Assistant and Researcher at Assistant Professorship for Architecture and Construction Dirk E. Hebel at ETH Zurich and the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore. Preceding this position, he was the coordinator for the 3rd year architecture program at the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Heisel recently published Building from Waste: Recovered Materials in Architecture and Construction (2014, Birkhäuser), and has contributed to numerous magazines and books. He has won several prizes including the Ministry of Education (MOE) Innovation Grant (2014), the SMART Innovation Grant Singapore (2013), and the Bauhaus.SOLAR Award (2012). His interest in Ethiopia’s urban growth resulted in the making of Spaces, a collection of six documentaries on space appropriation in Addis Ababa.
Philip Ross is an artist, inventor, and scholar whose internationally awarded and exhibited research is focused on biomaterial design and life support technologies. A thought leader on biomimicry, his innovations in mycelium engineering are globally recognized as foundational to the invention of mycotecture, the practice of building with mycelium (fungus).
His work has recently been showcased by the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley’s Zero1, the Moscow Biennale, and Germany’s Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. In 2013, his mycelium-based furniture won Ars Electronica’s Award of Distinction for Hybrid Art. Ross has been a visiting lecturer and professor at Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the University of San Francisco. His publications include “Mycology Matrix Composites” (American Society for Composites, 2013), “Rotten Future” in Post-Sustainable: New Directions in Ecological Design, a forthcoming compendium on visionary architecture, and “Towards a Fungal Future,” which appears in Building from Waste (Future Cities Laboratory Singapore/ETH Zurich).
Author of a pending patent on mycelium process engineering, Ross leads MycoWorks’s design and technological research from his comprehensive understanding of applied engineering within living systems.
Marta H. Wisniewska
Prior to ETH Zurich, she was a lecturer and 1st year architectural program coordinator at the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development, in Addis Ababa. In 2011, the EiABC Student Council recognized her commitment with a ‘Best Teaching’ award.
In 2014, Wisniewska published Building from Waste: Recovered Materials in Architecture and Construction (2014, Birkhäuser, together with Dirk E. Hebel and Felix Heisel), based on her research.
Featured image credit: Photo by BarkowPhoto, Courtesy of The Living