Port of Sant Adrià, Barcelona, Spain
Forum Barcelona 2004
Xiaarquitectura and Valentina Maini
This workshop stressed the importance of utilising waste material as an economic substitute for the construction of alternative housing and other applications.
While the recovery of certain traditional building technologies in some cases represents a more sustainable alternative to the common build system, there is also an urgent need to find a real solution to the huge amount of waste being generated by the western model of society.
More importantly, we need a solution which is both good for the planet, reducing energy costs, and also addresses the problem of housing for many people living in poor, subhuman conditions.
In cooperation with participating visitors to the Forum, the workshop demonstrated examples of this type of construction, to inspire ideas, possibilities, and models – and sensitize the population to these issues.