Friday, July 7, 2017

Functionality before Form

verb (used with object)scavenged, scavenging.

to take or gather (something usable) from discarded material.

An answer to all our rubbish problems:
Send it to the moon.

Whether it's a pile of tyres, a pallet stack or a verge land chuck out, I am always vigilant in the search for re-usable materials.

Once the consciousness of re-purposing  manifests into ordinary life, imagination is the only limit to the possibilities and combinations for the resources thrown away all around us every day.

For instance: I recently built an entire wall out of re-claimed doors and made a floor out of six meter long pallets, all free and abundant and all discarded as useless!

Tyres as far as the eye can see...
What do you see, an environmental catastrophe...
Or unlimited resource?

Only about 13% of the estimated (2017 figures) 52 million tyres in landfill every year in Australia are ever re-cycled.

The high cost and carbon footprint involved in re-cycling tyres by the usual methods outweighs the commercial viability and so there they sit waiting to be burnt or buried.

As the millions of tyres sit in land fill not decomposing and not decomposing we continue to manufacture inadequate building materials for "single use housing" and after 30 years rebuild with re-manufactured materials.

As far as building materials go,
 tyres are about as good as it gets.

As a society we seem to have devolved to prefer form over function but this way of living can not go on forever.

If we continue to pile up perfectly good building materials (tyres) for the sake of profit  we are doing ourselves and our children a gross dis-service with environmental consequences already becoming evident in the world around us.

So on the one hand here is this thing we can not find a way to dispose of which is virtually unlimited but could be easily used as a house brick and on the other hand we are using limited resources to make the equivalent of the house brick.

Does this make any sense?

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