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University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Architecture Program: Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity

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Decon | Recon: Design Strategies For Repurposing Materials, Timothy Hemsath, Lindsey Ellsworth Mar 2011

Decon | Recon: Design Strategies For Repurposing Materials, Timothy Hemsath, Lindsey Ellsworth

Architecture Program: Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity

The deconstruction (DeCon) and repurposing (Re- Con) of existing structures and materials are worth- while and relevant endeavors given the potential for such procedures to be more economically and environmentally sustainable than conventional construction methods. Conventional construction methods often utilize virgin materials for produc- tion of architecture requiring extensive energy to harvest, process and manufacture the materials for use. Today we must face the fact that we exist in a carbon sensitive economy, and demand design approaches that reduce architecture’s impact on the environment. Our pedagogical goal was to de- velop a project framework to enable flexible ReCon design ...