Sustainable: able to be used without being completely used up or destroyed 
Today’s common understanding of ecology is an ideology mystified by the illusion that nature is a harmonious system perturbed by human hubris—as a result, society and ecologists reject trash, dismissing it as something to eliminate rather than something to incorporate .
This project challenges the notion of a sustainable architecture that can exist only within an ideal and predefined system, and places it within the ‘real’ ecological context.
Rather than re-inventing an entirely new system, or being constrained to using the louvers in their common application as walls, the proposal explores the sustainability of re-using the 900 x 900 mm louver module using it’s destruction as a strategy for construction and design.
Details (Sustainable, Small, Fast, Misunderstood)
Destroying: The crunching happens in general locations and orientation to generate 4 varying structurally self-supported modules. These elements are able to aggregate using the existing joint detail; and through rotation and multiplication, the architecture is able to change size and shape, and therefore accommodate a range of sites and functions.
Growing: Kudzu (kuzu) sustains itself by tapping into water, which it will get by extending its network of roots into the porous water retaining bricks. Growing at 30-60 cm a day, it tends towards sunlight in order to optimize its own nutrition; reciprocally shading whatever it encloses to a maximum.
The Monster: Trash and Kudzu alike have been labeled noxious—much like a friendly monster that is misunderstood because of its appearance and reputation. Esthetically deceptive, the combination of seemingly destroyed metal and harmful vine foreground issues of appearance, understanding,
The proposed prototype is not an architecture, but rather a system. It is designed around the adaptability ease and flexibility that small architecture necessitates. By using the existing modules and industrial processes as well as a low-maintenance plant native to Japan we consider this new ecological approach to be the redefining and acceptance of a real sustainability.
Competition: GreenBiz 2015.
Concept and developement: Deborah Lopez, Hadin Charbel.
Image credits: Deborah Lopez, Hadin Charbel.