Innovation is a word that gets thrown around a lot in the world, especially in relation to design, however I feel that some products or systems are not worthy of such a big word and take away it's meaning. Innovative to me does not just mean 'new' it means 'revolutionary'. A solution that will change our perceptions, change our mindset, how we interact and how to we relate to certain products. It needs to be a real positive change not just the next big 'money maker'. Maybe that sounds a bit snobby; I'm OK with that.
As explained in the book Cradle to Cradle, both McDonough & Braungart explain that we need to create a new way of thinking to create sustainable design. To think autoplastically rather than alloplastically, manipulating our man-made materials to fit another unnatural use before they go to their untimely graves. Although I feel the book is telling me off throughout and does not consider the social factor of the situation, that maybe telling people off won't help, I think the overall message is a good one. New methods, new materials and new thinking inspired by nature. As I've mentioned before, nature has no cradle, so products derived and inspired by that very thing should ipso facto have the same cradle to cradle lifecycle.
Good to grow mushrooms on I hear? Maybe they could help the material for Mycelium grow.
The parts can be completely CNC cut before the disaster approaches and the only tool needed to construct is a rubber mallet. This design is innovative in that it suits this desperate environment with limited resources. 'The roof of the shelter is shaped like a parabola, designed to collect rainwater that can be purified on-site for consumption, or heated by the sun to generate energy from steam. Additionally, the double layer of the roof allows for maximum ventilation in the house.' The need for low-skill assembly relates back to social and cultural divides.
part of dried cow dung, mixed with Tuscan clay, straw and farm waste, in variable quantities, depending on what is made from the mixture. The dung goes through a process where the methane and urea, which is what makes poo smell, is extracted by huge industrial digesters, making the dung odourless. The methane is used to produce energy and heating for the museum. Urea is used in the production of plastic.'
'Limex, on the other hand, is made from limestone, which, according to the company, is abundantly available in many countries. Because Limex can be recycled, the source is nearly inexhaustible. Limex consists of about eighty per cent limestone and twenty per cent polyolefin resin, a type of polymer, so the fabrication of Limex costs less petroleum than ordinary plastic. No water or wood pulp is used in the process.
These are only a few examples from on of my favourite online resources materia.nl
Materia. (2016). Purifying water with foam made from coffee grounds • Materia. [online] Available at: https://materia.nl/article/purifying-water-foam-coffee-grounds/?utm_source=Materia&utm_campaign=71db421899-Wetsuits+Inspired+by+Otters&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8794d00bd4-71db421899-303042613 [Accessed 17 Oct. 2016].
Materia. (2016). Eco-shelter made from crop residues • Materia. [online] Available at: https://materia.nl/article/eco-shelter-made-crop-residues/ [Accessed 17 Oct. 2016].
Materia. (2016). Merdacotta: ceramics made from cow dung • Materia. [online] Available at: https://materia.nl/article/merdacotta-cow-dung-ceramics/?utm_source=Materia&utm_campaign=8c8c804a32-Ceramics+Made+From+Poo&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8794d00bd4-8c8c804a32-303042613 [Accessed 17 Oct. 2016].
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