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The vocabulary of post consumer packaging waste in the built environments: A qualitative study [ITU J Faculty Arch]
ITU J Faculty Arch. 2017; 14(3): 175-179 | DOI: 10.5505/itujfa.2018.32704  

The vocabulary of post consumer packaging waste in the built environments: A qualitative study

Arulmalar Ramaraj, Jothilakshmy Nagammal
Department of Architecture, Sathyabama University, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

Innovative applications of post consumer packaging units in architecture are traced from the Hellenistic period. Interpreting the Romans’ eco sensitivity, post industrial revolution era witnessed the development of ‘eco-centric ideal’ and ‘prospector’s, cook’s and nomad’s approaches’. The primary objective is to study the unique strategies and techniques developed by architects, artists, technocrats and environmentalists in reusing the primary, secondary and tertiary packaging waste in the built environments. For the study, thematic analysis is adopted to investigate and consolidate the diverse practices in today’s context. The summary of findings reveals the embedded design processes, the vocabulary created by such structures in the environment portraying the current use of post consumer packaging waste as building blocks in load and non load bearing components, techniques developed in erecting ephemeral spaces creating a dialogue with the environment, offering a variety of spatial experiences to the viewers, visitors and the users. We posit that a comprehensive understanding of such approaches and concepts give new directions to evolve and develop ideas with the used packaging materials in open ended prefabricated systems.

Keywords: architecture, design process, packaging waste, vocabulary


Arulmalar Ramaraj, Jothilakshmy Nagammal. The vocabulary of post consumer packaging waste in the built environments: A qualitative study. ITU J Faculty Arch. 2017; 14(3): 175-179

Corresponding Author: Arulmalar Ramaraj, India


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