From Conventional Recycling to Creative Reuse: Empowering Local Industrial Resources Through Synergistic Practices Conference Paper uri icon


  • This paper seeks to introduce a novel approach in salvaging the urban realm through exploring ways in which design can extrapolate the use and the value of consistent industrial byproducts, mainly from the automobile industry. The research begins with a need to conserve materials and energy with a focus on adding value by design. In this paper, a speculative design work and comparative analysis have been conducted. The method begins with the analysis of automobile byproduct materials, observations of procurement of new material and analysis of proposed designs of automobile body manufacturing. The goal of the study is to transform the linear approach in making building components, in particular, building exterior metal skins and cladding systems, to a closed-loop approach, which ensures multi-dimensional economic, social, and environmental benefits. The study introduces a novel approach in initiating a symbiosis between non-hazardous automobile waste and the building and construction industry. In particular, creating building skin systems from by-product galvanized sheet metal from the automobile industry. The results are expected to change the focus of the current waste management practices in the manufacturing industry from conventional recycling to creative reuse.

name of conference

  • 2018 ACSA International Conference

published proceedings

  • New Instrumentalities

author list (cited authors)

  • Ali, A. K.

editor list (cited editors)

  • de Paredes, A. G., Carnicero, I., & Salcedo-Fernandez, J.

publication date

  • January 1, 2018 11:11 AM