Precious metals have long been sought and extracted from ore, at which point we have usually discarded the remaining material as “waste”. Now, we are researching the material to build awareness of the environmental water-leaching repercussions and identifying value for slag as a resources rather than classifying slag as waste. We can appreciate the residual ore for its environmental strengths when we design for its ideal reuse.
To design and build with a waste product is ultimately a process of overcoming our existing technological habits. We can build around the strengths of slag by developing our ability to accommodate new habits for material use. Material limitations can be better accommodated with genetic designs that have relevant fixed rules. Therefore slag architecture represents a growing shift in our collective spirit by using technology to solve long-standing problems. We are aiming for global ramifications by taking greater responsibility for our material use. We have started this process with one cube. This first self-annealing cube represents a technological and ecological significance. We prove that large casting is achievable and no further energy is required to make slag a negative carbon asset for building structures.
LOCATION Sudbury, ON PERIOD 2015.12 - STRUCTURE Slag, Steel Plate Formwork SCALE Variable
TEAM Michael Danielson EXHIBITION Dynamic Earth (postponed)
FABRICATION VALE, Buteau Core Drilling Ltd. FUNDING VALE, RAIC