Workplace Plasticity: Furnishing the net-zero office through robotic fabrication

Sam Tomkins, Iain Maxwell, Ben Ennis Butler

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Abstract

The high turnover of Australia’s commercial office space represents an often overlooked component of the built environment’s ecological footprint. Drawing upon circular-design strategies, Workplace Plasticity offers an approach to the design and fabrication of common workplace elements using recyclable Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (PETG) plastic.

Through the materialisation of innovative and functional prototypes, we demonstrate a design-fabrication-ecology that responds to the specific environmental challenges of office fit-out churn, manages embodied carbon and significantly reduces waste via the re-utilisation of technical nutrients (i.e. recyclable material).

Our research suggests that circularity offers designers a transformative lens through which to embrace and harness the indeterminant lifespan of workplace furnishings whilst championing a materially-responsible future.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAlastair Swayn Foundation
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusIn preparation - 2021

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