Accountability as an architect and a responsibility in terms of decomposition of materials that are potential sources of pollution is my concern (i.e.: decomposing houses in Detroit that are continuously polluting). An economical approach toward healthy, durable, sustainable building materials is my goal.

My work is a reaction stimulated by the degenerate city of Detroit, a sprawling redundancy of metropolitan suburbs, and local farms threatened by it. My concern is to sustain these struggling contexts (the city and farms) through the manifestation of a healthy building material provided by agricultural residue. It is capable of satisfying the economy of local farms in need of help and provide a healthy built environment the city needs. Fibers from wheat, rye, and oat are economical resources that are capable of being processed into a building material besides a bale itself. Equally as important as the manifested material is the process of producing it. With the aid of technology, processing of agricultural residue is not wasteful and most importantly non-hazardous to the environment. Contributing toward the ethical approach toward sustainability, a CNC laser cutter was utilized for manufacturing tools required to manipulate the agricultural residue. Technology contributes and makes sustainability easier to practice.


Blogger robert brooks said...

this sounds like the begining of a sho' nuff thesis!

Blogger edmund leechie liang said...

. . . yup, that's the synopsis of it.


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