Biodegradable Architecture

Presenter: Isabella Greco

Research Category: Humanities and Arts
College: College of Arts Media & Design
Major(s): Architecture
Student Type: Undergraduate
Graduation Date: 2023
Award Winner Category: Design

Northeastern first year architecture students typically use around 10 sheets of non-biodegradable, non-recyclable modeling materials in their first studio course. The use of polystyrene, acrylic, pvc, etc only grows over time as models get more complex and the number of iterations increase. This project looks to provide a solution for the amount of waste created by temporary architecture. This is done through the use of an accessible and affordable biodegradable material by experimenting with different plant-based algae bases composed with different textures such as hemp fiber, coffee grounds and eggshells. The environmental impact of large scale installations and small scale architectural models is one that design students regularly face. By replacing the use of non recyclable materials with a bioavailable plastic alternative, this material can help students and designers save money and the planet.