Cardboard Smart Recycling

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Project Details

In this project, we developed an hybridized digital and analog workflow for reusing waste corrugated cardboard as a building material. The work explores a combination of digital design and analog fabrication tools to create a workflow that would help designers/builders to negotiate with the material variability of waste cardboard.

The workflow discussed was implemented for designing and fabricating a prototypical cardboard systems using different sheets of waste cardboard combined with repurposed wood.

The implementation shows that combining digital and analog tools can create a novel approach to material reuse, and facilitate a design/fabrication culture of smart reuse that supports informal building and making at recycling collection centers in developing countries for housing alternatives.

  • Publications:

    ​Diarte, J., Vazquez, E., & Shaffer, M. (2019). Tooling Cardboard for Smart Reuse: A Digital and Analog Workflow for Upcycling Waste Corrugated Cardboard as a Building Material. In International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Futures (pp. 384-398). Springer, Singapore.

    Diarte, J., Vazquez, E., & Shaffer, M. (2019). Tooling Cardboard for Smart Reuse: Testing a Parametric Tool for Adapting Waste Corrugated Cardboard to Fabricate Acoustic Panels and Concrete Formwork. In Sousa, JP, Xavier, JP and Castro Henriques, G (eds.), Architecture in the Age of the 4th Industrial Revolution - Proceedings of the 37th eCAADe and 23rd SIGraDi Conference - Volume 2, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal, 11-13 September 2019, pp. 769-778

  • People: Julio Diarte, Elena Vazquez, Marcus Shaffer

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