Industrial Architecture on the Basis of Sustainable Principles


One of the highlights of the Circular Economy in Architecture and Design exhibition is the project, ‘Tectonic Strategies for Circular Thinking in Industrial Architecture’. The project is the work of KADK’s Centre for industrial Architecture (CINARK), which focuses, in both theoretical and concrete terms, on the principles architects should follow, if they wish to construct industrial architecture.

One of the key elements in CINARK’s research and work is identifying and developing the special concepts, properties, processes and products that define sustainable industrial architecture.­

The project in the exhibition looks at how architects can help create balance in people’s use of the planet’s resources. What principles and strategies do architects need to follow if they wish to build sustainably? It is rooted in CINARK’s research in the field, and consists of: a joint manifesto for the circular industrial architecture of tomorrow; three fragments of wall developed on the basis of the manifesto’s principles; and three pamphlets describing each wall’s special properties.

The core of the wall fragment is built into bricks
or straw..or wood

The architectural task consists of reducing the consumption of materials in the buildings of the future and ensuring the reuse and recirculation of resources, but without compromising on the users’ well being or respect for the environment.

The project examines how the construction of tomorrow can be conceived in relation to this, and how buildings’ carbon footprint can be reduced. The three fragments of wall in the exhibition relate specifically to Ellen MacArthur’s circular principles, offering a dogmatic suggestion about which way to go. For example, we can build using straw, which has a very small carbon footprint and high insulation properties.

The wall fragments are built up
Halm leaves a very low carbon footprint and has a high insulation capacity

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