Gallery: Trash to Treasure: 6 Awesome Buildings Made of Recycled Materi...

If necessity is the mother invention then there is at least one really positive development that has arisen from a universal shortage of natural resources: artists and designers around the world have found all kinds of creative ways to give discarded and existing materials new life. To demonstrate just how many new ways there are to build a structure, we have put together a list of 6 really awesome buildings from Seattle to Seoul that are made from recycled materials. We hope you are as inspired as we are by this showcase of adaptive re-use projects that convert everything from tires to window frames and doors into functional buildings.

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  1. Goner4daze February 24, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Ms. Laylin- Please consider expanding this story into a series so that the “so many awesome projects” can keep inspiring us!

  2. Tafline Laylin February 24, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Thanks Atom Farm. There are so many awesome projects that we could have covered, but we only had space for six!

  3. AtomFarm February 23, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Great article, but you completely left out Earthship! I interned there, and we would literally use trash as insulation, bottles and cans in walls, car windshields for windows, sheet metal to fabricate wind turbines, and car tires as the foundation. Not to mention they are completely off the grid and support life with a greenhouse and thermally charged walls set in the earth.

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