Superuse: Constructing New Architecture by Shortcutting Material Flows

Oct 19, 2017

Authors: Césare Peeren, Jan Jongert, Ed van Hinte

Published by: 010 Publishers, 2013
ISBN 10: 9064505926

Pioneers in designing and building with various dead stock and waste materials, compiled the book Superuse. This book shows examples from their own practice as well from other designers who incorporate trash in their design.

 

Cable reels, window frames, washing machines, diapers, crates, carpet tiles, double glazing panels or old buses–you could recycle, discard or even burn all of these things. The other option is to put them to good use: ‘superuse.’ This is happening everywhere, albeit on a modest scale. Architects apply these materials in their designs. Superuse is a practical and inspiring book about constructing new buildings with surplus materials. It was initiated by Recyclicity, a Rotterdam foundation dedicated to such possibilities. Copiously illustrated with examples from the Netherlands and elsewhere, Superuse presents ideas for tools and methods for architects and superuse scouts such as the ‘harvest map’ of everything reusable within a given distance of a building site. Superuse renders the superfluous superfluous.

 

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