plasticity: embracing informality with a regenerative approach to housing through the use of recycled plastic as a raw material
My thesis explores informality through a regenerative approach to housing. The key concept is transforming plastic waste into a useful resource that can either become a replacement to standard materials or an addition to existing construction methods. The plastic waste will be processed, being reused, repurposed, or recycled depending on the necessity of the desired final product. This new raw material will then be implemented within informal settlement upgrading as a regenerative approach, which will include housing as well as feeding micro economies.
My prospect for design will be a modular construction system made from recycled plastic waste, that can be applied at three different scales of design interventions. The construction system will comprise of a ‘kit of parts’: including structural framing, infill panels/blocks, furniture and flooring with the ability for the user to develop incrementally over time. Firstly, the macro: The construction system will be tested at a multi-story scale, which will showcase the abilities of the material and the construction system when developing vertically, and then how it can be incrementally improved overtime by the user. The Miso: This will focus on translating the system into ‘starter structures’ for the purpose of backyard dwellings and state subsidized housing on smaller erf sizes. The Micro: This will explore the ability of the construction system to attach onto existing homes, as a method of expanding with incremental growth.
The construction system will comprise of a ‘kit of parts’: including structural framing, infill panels/blocks, furniture and flooring with the ability for the user to develop incrementally vertically and horizontally over time.