On the Butcher’s Block

Cameron Wahlberg & Mae Murphy | ARCH 401 | 2021 DLR Prize Winner

Material Delicatessen:

Further Resources

A Pocketbook Guide to Butchering your Neighborhood - Downloadable Zine

Extraction“Global primary materials use is projected to almost double from 89 gigatonnes (Gt) in 2017 to 167 Gt in 2060. Non-metallic minerals – such as sand, gravel and limestone – represent the largest share of total materials use. “

“Recycling is projected to gradually become more competitive compared to the extraction of primary materials, leading the recycling sector to outpace growth in mining.”

“In 2014, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that U.S. residential buildings were responsible for roughly 22% of total domestic primary energy use“ 

Toxicity“We hear about banned materials only after thousands of cases have impacted our society. Phthalates, VOCS, formaldehyde, and spray foam building insulation are some of the most toxic examples of mediums that harm our bodies on a daily basis.” - Research paper by Mae Murphy

Landfill Impact“1.3 billion tons of solid waste every year. This volume is expected to increase to 2.2 billion tons every year by 2025. Building material accounts for half of the solid waste generated every year worldwide.”

Robotic Construction “ Robotics and automated systems have the potential to address these shortcomings; however, the level of adoption in the construction industry is very low.”

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