aestheticsRECYCLED was born out of an interest in the relationship between material and idea and their collective impact on environments.
Funded by the Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship (BHTS) administered by the NSW Architects Registration Board, I visited a number of building projects in Japan and the United States of America and interviewed some of the worlds leading architects and academics working in the area of material research and experimentation. These included:
- Kengo Kuma (Tokyo, JAPAN) – Founder of Kengo Kuma Associates,
- Robert Barnstone (Pulman, USA) - Assistant Professor at Washington State University, Pullman.
- Professor Nader Tehrani (Boston, USA) - Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (MIT) and founding partner of NADAAA.
- Giuseppe Lignano (New York, USA) – Founding partner of LOT-EK,
- Dr. Mitchell Joachim (New York, USA) - Associate Professor, New York University and Co-President, Terreform ONE
- Lydia Kallipoliti (New York, USA) Assistant Professor Adjunct at the Cooper Union.
- Dr Billie Faircloth (Philadelphia, USA) – Director of Research at Kieran Timberlake Architects
- Professor Andrew Freer (New Bern, USA) Director of Rural Studio, part of the University of Auburn.
A consistent view amongst this diverse group was that, whilst architects are not solely responsible for the environment and government policy is critical to the environmental agenda, design-leadership and innovation can help to minimise the adverse impacts the built environment has on resources and habitats. Another common theme was the importance of developing close collaborations with manufacturers and fabricators in evolving and implementing architectural ideas related to performance, optimisation and material flows.
The research prompted further questions and the project is on-going.