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BIOCYCLER - Let's recycle buildings 

This project is a proof of concept that we can recycle construction materials. We aim to build a working prototype of mobile recycler unit that can be brought to destination and recycle waste building materials on site. We use living organisms as the binders of ground up materials instead of glues so the process is eco-friendly. 

Concept animation - RECYCLE BUILDINGS!!!
Concept animation - RECYCLE BUILDINGS!!!

This will lead to many possibilities including building dignified and insulated relief shelters directly on site after natural disasters and mitigating millions of tons of demolition waste that go to land fills each year. This proof of concept - making new building materials directly from the old - will get us to the first step of recycling entire structures. 

redhouse

redhouse studio is an architecture office, research studio, and humanitarian organization that has built innovative projects all over the world. redhouse principal architect (/BIOTECT), Christopher Maurer, has managed offices in Cleveland, New York, Anchorage, Kigali, and Lilongwe and has designed and built humanitarian work for Madonna, Partners In Health, The UN Millennium Village Project, the Clinton Global Initiative, and Malaika. Chris has written on material science for the AIA and for editor Yosef Bar-Cohen of NASA JPL. Keith, Ben and Kashmira likewise have projects that span the globe from the Caribbean to Bombay. 

Our Collaborators include senior research scientists at NASA and MIT. The processes you help support here may inform our work designing bio-based construction off planet. 

In this project we continue our humanitarian efforts to develop new ways of building that save resources, limit waste, and promote green technology. This project will bolster our efforts to use biocycled materials on site for refugee housing and disaster relief shelters. 

The materials that we make will go through a battery of tests to show that they are equal or superior to commercially produced materials that may be deleterious to the environment. These multi-functional materials are insulative, structural, and fire-resistant and in the future could replace, framing, insulation, and fire boards. If protected from excess moisture the materials will last indefinitely, but at the end of the life-cycle can be composted. 

Our materials have been tested in NASA and University labs and can outperform industry standards
Our materials have been tested in NASA and University labs and can outperform industry standards

Just like nature we can build directly from the ruins, converting waste into fresh new life.  

Thanks, and Let's recycle buildings!!!!

DONATION LEVELS: 

 

handwritten thank you postcard
handwritten thank you postcard

 

3x3 logo stickers - collect all 14 figures (1 with each $10 donation)
3x3 logo stickers - collect all 14 figures (1 with each $10 donation)

 

 

screen printed poster with biocycler logo
screen printed poster with biocycler logo

 

 

lightweight 100% cotton tote with biocycler logo
lightweight 100% cotton tote with biocycler logo

 

mens or womens - all sizes - gray or white w/ BIOCYCLER logo
mens or womens - all sizes - gray or white w/ BIOCYCLER logo

 

redhouses made of biocycled material w/ reclaimed red rubber backing
redhouses made of biocycled material w/ reclaimed red rubber backing

 

B(uild)Y(our)O(wn) materials manual
B(uild)Y(our)O(wn) materials manual

 

bio block made of 100% biocycled material
bio block made of 100% biocycled material

 

 

learn how to byo(build your own) block in our lab, AKA the biohm
learn how to byo(build your own) block in our lab, AKA the biohm

 

Private dinner with redhouse, cooked by local celebrity chef Jeremy Umansky and Team at Larder Delicatessen in the Ohio City Firehouse.
Private dinner with redhouse, cooked by local celebrity chef Jeremy Umansky and Team at Larder Delicatessen in the Ohio City Firehouse.

 

embossed relief panel made of biocycled material - requests welcome
embossed relief panel made of biocycled material - requests welcome

 

handmade bio-solid (dodecahedron), use as 12 sided seat or end table
handmade bio-solid (dodecahedron), use as 12 sided seat or end table

  

byo(build your own) platonic solid at the biohm all x RSELVES
byo(build your own) platonic solid at the biohm all x RSELVES

 

biocycled material puzzle, lasercut + stained - requests ok
biocycled material puzzle, lasercut + stained - requests ok

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Making biomaterials is hard. Fortunately we've had quite a bit of practice at it. Our team now includes architects, farmers, astrobiologists(!!!) and builders. We are well equipped to set up the facility and make new materials,

Getting biomaterials into established markets is going to be hard.
To be clear: We are not - and do wish to be - material manufacturers. We are architects, biologists, and builders with a mission to show possibilities for new sustainable practices and promote biomaterials. There are a few great companies commercializing biomaterials now but there needs to be 1000s more by mid-century. ecovative design and mycoworks are two mycoterial companies that use living fungi to make packaging and faux-leather goods, respectively. Biomason is a company that is using microbes to help bind aggregates together to make bricks. We want to help proliferate these technologies and expand on potentials for future applications.

Some people fear microrganisms. We are taught that they are diseases, and the prospect building with microbes and fungi may freak some people out. Just as with macro-life, there are positive and negative attributes to microrganisms, and we aim to teach the public about the benefits they can reap from utilizing these little friends.

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    Larder: A curated Delicatessen and Bakery is a soon to be open kitchen in the Ohio City Firehouse in Cleveland, Ohio. We share more than a building with our friends at Larder, we share a passion for innovation. The Larder team will prepare an intimate and delicious dinner for 12 including the redhouse team where we'll all talk about innovation and whats to come!

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