It takes three years to build a good house. If it is sustainable, it will be valued by both its inhabitants and its visitors. However, in the scheme of things, the impact of a single house is limited. It also took three years to write this book. We hope to reach the many architects who are convinced of the urgent need for a paradigm shift in building, and that these architects will then go on to build many better houses – in order to change the scheme of things before it is too late.
Our motivation for writing this book, in the words of others:
“RESOURCE EFFICIENCY HAS TAKEN CENTRE STAGE IN THE INTERNATIONAL POLICY DEBATE” Global Material Flows and Resource Productivity, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 2016
Resource consumption “The construction and use of buildings in the EU account for about 50 % of all our extracted resource and energy consumption, as well as about a third of our water consumption.”
We are faced with a major challenge that represents a society-wide, global necessity. We see this as an opportunity to take a new, concept-based architectural stance that puts a new sense of responsibility at the forefront of every aesthetic debate.
Report by the commission to the European Parliament (… on the efficient use of resources in the building sector), Brussels 2014
In the course of an 80-year lifetime, a person in Germany uses about 530 tonnes of sand, gravel, granite and limestone and approximately 40 tonnes of steel. MaRess, Resource Efficiency Paper 3.7, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy GmbH and Leuphana University Lüneburg, Wuppertal 2010
Urban Mining Design is not intended to be a new style of building, but a new paradigm: Waste is a design flaw!
“What will the plundering of the Earth lead to in all the coming centuries? How far will our greed drive us?”
German Basic Law, Article 20 a: “Mindful also of its responsibility toward future generations, the state shall protect the natural foundations of life (...)” Why wait for that? We already have the know-how, so let’s use it! With many thanks to our sponsors and to all of our collaborators who supported us with their knowledge and their lifetime efforts.
Gaius Plinius Secundus Major (the Elder), Roman scholar, died 79 CE
Waste “… A MINORITY BELIEVES THAT IT HAS THE RIGHT TO CONSUME IN A WAY WHICH CAN NEVER BE UNIVERSALISED, SINCE THE PLANET COULD NOT EVEN CONTAIN THE WASTE PRODUCTS OF SUCH CONSUMPTION.” Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ Second Encyclical 2015
In 2014, 52 % of all wastes were attributable to the building sector. A four-member family generated 28.3 kg of construction waste per day in 2014, of which 1.01 kg were hazardous materials. Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), Environment, Waste Balance 2014, Wiesbaden 2016
August 2018 Annette Hillebrandt, Petra Riegler-Floors, Anja Rosen, Johanna-Katharina Seggewies
“WASTE IS NOURISHMENT”
Michael Braungart, brandeins, 2008
Buildings as sources of materials - More information: https://bit.ly/2MPg6wu