Re-construction glass - a material study of recycled glass implemented in a design proposal for the Circular hub of Gothenburg

Examensarbete för masterexamen

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Type: Examensarbete för masterexamen
Title: Re-construction glass - a material study of recycled glass implemented in a design proposal for the Circular hub of Gothenburg
Authors: Waldén, Sara
Abstract: Global extraction of sand has become one of the great environmental problems of our time. The objective of this thesis is to explore how to up-cycle container glass into facade cladding, hence utilizing the wasted glass as a resource instead of extracting sand for new glass. How can discarded glass be reused with in the frame of architecture? Södra hamngatan 47 in the historical center of Gothenburg is the site of the project design proposal where the glass explorations will be implemented in a public building. Since the former building burned down the informal name for the site has been ”Brända tomten” meaning the burned plot. The introduction explains the context, history and conditions of the small, urban and wildly discussed plot where the infill design proposal is situated. Along with a brief description of glass, its properties and historical use summarizes the background of the project. The aim is to contribute to the discourse around circular material flow thinking. When designing we as architects need to start thinking of objects, buildings, and waste as material resources for new design. Inspired by several material studies on the same theme this study strives to give a scalable and believable implementation of up-cycled glass. Literature studies, case studies, iterative design in various media and creation of material samples through glass fusion are the methods driving the process leading up to the final Circular Hub design proposal. The program is connected to the discourse of the project and is intended to be the circular economy meeting place of Gothenburg. Easy to access from all parts of the city and region this Hub is open for the public to be educated on the possibilities with circular thinking, while simultaneously being a natural meeting point for industries. Glass is somewhat of a challenging material and discarded glass even more so since it comes with remains from other materials. With this thesis a way of using discarded glass within architecture is proposed by see value in glass for not only its translucency but for its cladding potential.
Keywords: glass, facade cladding, research by design,;circular economy, Gothenburg
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Chalmers tekniska högskola / Institutionen för arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik (ACE)
Collection:Examensarbeten för masterexamen // Master Theses

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