Exploring Cardboard Technologies
(from low-tech to digital) for Architecture
This research is the subject of my current doctoral studies in architecture at Penn State. In this research, I am exploring technological methods and tools (from low-tech to digital) for upcycling waste corrugated cardboard that is taken directly from the urban waste stream in developing countries, and reuse it for architecture. My case study is focused in Asuncion, Paraguay where I am working with self-employed collectors of waste cardboard and NGOs dedicated to waste management.
The goal of the research is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #11 "Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable" in two ways: a) Seeking self-build alternatives to provide affordable housing to medium and low-income families; and b) Contributing to diminish the amount of solid waste in the environment.