Mutating Assemblage : Reduce Waste And Collect Memory
This thesis investigates impermanence as a design strategy to allow the reusability of the
building resources to reduce the need for demolition and waste. The project provides framework
for an open system of kinetic architectural assemblage which allows both salvaged architectural
components and newly constructed building components to be readily recovered and be part of
new architectural arrangements without deterioration. The disassembly techniques are
documented as an operation manual to provide detailed deconstruction guidelines and
instructions to assist future users or recyclers.
This new building system will also be a social system. The materials and building components
can be exchanged and leased within communities. The longevity of reversable building
materials allows it to be a record of community values, experiences, and ideas. The project
envisions the mutating assembly as a way to conserve resources and the memory embedded in
reused fragments to create lasting cultural value.
Built environment designed to disassemble to enhance sustainability, recycling, and reuse by facilitating the separation of components with ease.
The thesis documents the material’s memory, history, location, origin and potential for reuse and recycling through a material passport.
The disassembly techniques are documented as an operation manual to provide detailed deconstruction guidelines and instructions to assist future users or recyclers.