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Plastic as a material has always been looked down upon as a inferior material to say steel and glass. And yet it makes up for more than half the objects of our world, without which modern day life may come to a stand still. From a tooth brush to the aircraft, plastic plays an important role in reproducing our urban life daily. So, on one hand we have the 'useful' plastic objects while on the other we have 'out of use' plastic objects. With the later growing faster and bigger than the former. But then, what is to be done with these huge chunks of 'out of use' plastic objects? Sure, we should recycle them. But how? One important property of plastic is that it can be re-molded into newer and more useful objects. Can we re-mold the 'out of use' plastic objects into a 'useful' shelter? Can we build houses from it? Can we develop a new system of building? Can we use this vast but neglected resource available to us to address the housing question? Can we complete its cycle of use and re-use, and not allow this precious and limited resource to end in our dumpyards? People around the world are developing ways of re-molding 'out of use' plastic objects into 'useful' products. We can learn from them and try to develop a 1:1 prototype of a shelter made from recycled plastic. During this course, the students learn about the use of waste plastic as a primary structural material to develop structural typologies. They develop innovative designs that incorporate architectural, engineering, and sustainability views through a collaborative design-research project.
Expense for students: Material cost: Rs500/- (NON-GPA)