Silica: a circular material paradigm by 3D printing and recycled glass

Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Martin Tamke, Maria Sparre-Petersen, Emil Fabritius Buchwald, Simona Hnídková

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Silica examines the making of 3D printed tiles from recycled container glass. Thispaper describes an interdisciplinary exploration into how robot-controlledextrusion can offer new material practices by which to fabricate glass elements ofan architectural scale. We pursue working with recycled container glass powder -a waste product derived from the reprocessing of recycled container glass - tocontribute to circular development within an interdisciplinary artisticdevelopment context in the meeting between architecture and glass design. Theproject has two aims. On the one hand, it builds an in-depth understanding of theparameters of fabrication and devising means by which to control these throughdigital design methods and their interfacing with robotic fabrication processes.On the other hand, it critically questions the architectural, aesthetic andperformative properties of these material practices and their embedded methods
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnthropologic-Architecture and Fabrication in the cognitive age : Proceedings of the 38th eCAADe Conference
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherTU Berlin
Publication date2020
Article number128
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event38th eCAADe Conference (online) 2020: Anthropologic - Architecture and Fabrication in the cognitive age - TU Berlin, Berlin , Germany
Duration: 16 Sep 202017 Sep 2020


Conference38th eCAADe Conference (online) 2020
LocationTU Berlin
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