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Waste Manag Res. 2012 Dec;30(12):1251-60. doi: 10.1177/0734242X12465459. Epub 2012 Oct 26.

Incorporating waste into an experimental school prototype: lessons regarding materials reclamation opportunities.

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Department of Architecture, Faculty of Built Environment, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


This article presents lessons learned from a design project that explored the possibility of incorporating waste into the design of a school prototype. The authors worked with professional architects, a waste artist, environmental scientists and local waste operators to uncover new uses and applications for discarded items. As a result, bottles, aluminium cans, reclaimed doors, crushed concrete and second-hand bricks, etc. were identified, explored and integrated into the architectural design. This article serves as a catalyst that advocates the use of reclaimed materials in the field of design and planning. In particular, it highlights the challenges and issues that need to be addressed in carrying out design work with waste. Designers and practitioners interested in minimizing waste generation by proposing the use of reclaimed materials will find this article useful.

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