Projects

Restorative by design

Bio-based construction materials can turn buildings into carbon pools. In South Africa, the clearing of invasive plants can be geared to build safer, more dignified housing alternatives, while restoring natural ecosystems and providing gender-neutral work […]

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Carbon-Neutral Social Housing

The provision of more sustainable, dignified social housing plays an important in role in responding to our climate change crisis. Through an inclusive, bottom-up co-design process we aim to develop housing models that directly address […]

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Hand Woven Formwork

This research project is an offshoot of the development of the funicular flooring system which proposes to replace conventional shuttering with traditional woven mats when casting arched floor slabs. The beautiful, subtle patterned rendering of […]

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Sustainable Aggregates and Binders

The mechanically chipped biomass of water-thirsty Invading Alien Plants (IAP’s) to replace conventional aggregates is but one of several examples currently being researched and developed by nonCrete.com A recent paper emanating from the Chair of […]

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The “Click Brick” – BRG ETH Zurich, South Africa

Self supporting, structural, interlocking, hand-pressed roof tiles Combined with structurally-informed fabrication techniques, this innovative building system demonstrates the potential of providing safer and more dignified housing alternatives in an affordable and sustainable manner. The self-supporting […]

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Lightweight Funicular Floor

The lightweight funicular floor proposes an alternative construction method for casting floor and roof slabs. It demonstrates how structural geometry can significantly reduce resource consumption and enable the use of local and sustainable building materials. […]

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