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INTERVIEW: Architect and Author Alejandro Bahamon on ‘REMATERIAL From Waste to Architecture’
Inhabitat: Shipping containers are one of the most well-known reuse materials available for construction. What do you think about their use, and how practical do you really think they are?
Alejandro:Containers have been reused for many years precisely for their optimal properties – they are transportable, stackable, easy to assemble and the container itself already fulfills the principle of an architectural structure. The only big issue about containers is isolation.
Inhabitat: Besides saving material from the landfill, what are some of the other benefits of reusing materials instead of new?
Alejandro: Besides the fact that reusing promotes creativity, reused materials have a unique character that bring a special soul to the projects. The history of each material, their shapes and textures offer inimitable qualities to each project.
Inhabitat: If you were going to build a house for yourself, what materials would you use?
Alejandro: It depends on the site we will build that house. If it was a rooftop in Barcelona, we would use one of the thousands of containers from the port; if we were building a house in a Caribbean island we would use PET bottles. The most important thing that we have learned about recycling is to be aware of the surrounding environment and what it can provides us with.
Photo Credits: From Rematerial: From Waste to Architecture. Copyright (c) 2010. With permission of the publisher, W.W Norton & Company, Inc.
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