“Circular Living” installation and exhibition at The Building Centre

The team behind the project is investigating how the circular economy can benefit the industry and the built environment, reflecting on the commercial, social and environmental opportunities of employing circular principles. 

 

Circular Living exhibition © Agnese Sanvito

Circular Living exhibition © Agnese Sanvito

 

The Circular Building prototype will be open to the public and it will be accompanied by “Circular Living”, an exhibition exploring the impact of the circular economy in a range of industries, from fashion to product design.

A ‘linear economy’ is the global standard – we take resources, make things, and then throw them away once used. A ‘circular economy’ keeps resources at a continually high value and in a loop with other industries. If we design to create zero waste or only high-value waste then there is no incentive to dispose of it and waste our finite natural resources. (more…)

Organic Growth. Izaskun Chinchilla to build the ‘City of Dreams’ Pavilion

Izaskun Chinchilla’s winning design takes inspiration from nature to create an innovative and flexible solution that directly engages with local communities and familiar materials. The proposed design employs old umbrellas, stools and bicycle wheels, giving them a new life after they have become unfit for their original purpose.

 

Organic Growth © Izaskun Chinchilla

Organic Growth © Izaskun Chinchilla

 

Since 2010, FIGMENT, the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) have hosted a competition to design and build an architectural pavilion on Governors Island, NY. This year, along with American office BanG Studio, Spanish architect Izaskun Chinchilla has won the ‘City of Dreams’ Pavilion competition. The Pavilion is intended to be a sheltered gathering place for 50 or more people to meet, learn about the arts programs on the island, engage in a performance or lecture, and the historic context of Governors Island. The theme of ‘the City of Dreams’ looks to the future – of cities, people and crucially, to our relationship with materials and the sustainability of our environment. The competition asks entrants to consider how architecture and design can address these concerns through the materials, practices and relationships they embed within their design.

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