Waste to worth : adaptive re-use of recycled waste in existing structures

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Emett, Simon
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Master of Architecture (Professional)
Unitec Institute of Technology
van Raat, Tony
Masters Thesis
Ngā Upoko Tukutuku (Māori subject headings)
recycling waste for architecture
building materials
sustainable architecture
21 Hobill Avenue (Wiri, South Auckland, N.Z.)
Wiri (South Auckland, N.Z.)
adaptive reuse of buildings
South Auckland (N.Z.)
ANZSRC Field of Research Code (2020)
Emett, S. (2013). Waste to worth : adaptive re-use of recycled waste in existing structures. Master thesis explanatory document. An unpublished explanatory document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional). https://hdl.handle.net/10652/2407
For architects material selection is one of the most crucial choices faced when designing. They clothe their creations, offering protection and shelter, ultimately setting the tone and appearance of a building. Generic building materials such as plaster, timber and concrete, clad and coat the majority of buildings within our cities: but this does not need to apply to all buildings. Waste materials such as scrap metals, plastics, rubber and other products are generated in substantial quantities everyday. Architects have the ability to change how materials are used offering the opportunity to re-use and recycle waste materials efficiently and expressively through building design. The concept of recycling waste doesn’t just apply to materials, but also to buildings themselves. Architecture needs to allow for change in use otherwise there is a risk of demolition, creating further waste. When designing buildings it is necessary to think beyond the current designated use of a building. Future adaption is critical for all architecture because if a building doesn’t have the ability to change use it risks facing demolition. The concept of radical reconstruction implies a situation in which it is not clear what needs to be done. This project will explore the potential of adaptive re-use of an existing building using only waste materials that are predominately sourced from the surrounding sites. Purposed site: 21 Hobill Avenue, Wiri South Auckland.
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