ARN challenges students at Academy of Architecture
Come up with new, clever uses for the raw materials won from shredder waste in the PST factory. This was the assignment that students at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam intensively worked on.
Master’s programme landscape architecture
After 8 weeks of experimenting with raw materials from the PST factory, students in the Master’s programme in landscape architecture at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam presented their form studies in late March. The joint effort between ARN and the Academy was initiated after lecturer Frank Bloem had asked about the possibilities of making available raw material from the PST factory to use as lesson material.
Recycling in the building industry
“I thought it would be interesting for ARN to have students do research on new uses for recycled material. Recycling and sustainability are themes that are also becoming increasingly important in the building industry,” said Bloem. “The raw materials won from shredder waste in the PST factory are reasonably unmanageable materials, which makes it a challenge for our students to make something beautiful or useful from them. But I think that the project has been fully successful.”
Areas of research
The participating students used the materials made available by ARN to study 4 areas of new uses. The fibres were used to research matting, by which it is theoretically possible to braid rope or mats from the material. A number of students strikingly expressed the aesthetics of waste material in a work of art and a lampshade, and a third workgroup studied the question of whether the mineral fraction was suitable as a source of nutrients for plants. The fourth workgroup investigated the uses that were possible when concrete was added to the separated shredder waste. “I thought it was interesting to work with materials at the end of the recycling chain,” said student Roeland Neek, whose workgroup studied the suitability of shredder waste as a source of nutrients for plants. “We finally succeeded in growing bean plants on waste matter. I can’t say anything about the edibility of the crops, but our belief in this material has certainly grown.”
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