Paper and plastic comprise over 50% of the globe’s landfill. When this waste is perceived as a new-natural resource it can be mined to produce the building materials of the future. It is imperative that we integrate this ubiquitous resource into emergent rapid manufacturing technologies coupled with a real-time, hands-on-digital approach. Americans alone, throw away enough office paper to build a 12’ high wall from LA to NY and enough plastic bottles to circle the globe 4 times each year.

reFUSE explores how paper and plastic can be transformed into multi-performative materials—cellulose fiber and extruded recycled plastics, how these materials, when calibrated through digital design and fabrication processes, can create architectural skins that respond to views and light and create insulation and water proofing, and proposes a new vision for additive manufacturing at large scales.

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