The fact that humans are producing non-biodegradable waste at an alarming rate is hardly contested. There is, however, an ongoing debate about what to do about the problem. French architecture firm Agence Chartier Corbasson have come up with an elegant and eco-friendly solution that could vastly improve our future on this planet.
Their idea is a skyscraper in London that will be known as the “Organic Skyscraper.” The building itself would be constructed from the garbage of its inhabitants, growing consistently as the residents generate the typical amount of office waste. Garbage like plastics and paper would be reconditioned on site and turned into usable building materials. Eighty plastic bottles would generate one insulated building panel; 75 kilograms (165 pounds) of paper would generate two panels.
The skyscraper would start out as a scaffolding of hollow metal tubes. At its top level, the reconditioning plant would continuously churn out building materials, raising up as the building continues to grow. Office workers in the bottom part of the building provide the materials by tossing their refuse into collection containers. In this way, the building grows a lot like a plant in nature.
By using pre-cut hollow metal tubes as the scaffolding, the builders can focus solely on assembly – they don’t have to cut any materials and the noise pollution at the building site could be greatly reduced. Thanks to the unique way in which the crew and the material manufacturing equipment move up as the building grows, there would be no need for cranes or other heavy machinery, reducing environmental nuisances even further. Offices on the bottom level(s) could be comfortably occupied during the entire construction process.
Another benefit of the hollow tubing is that it will capture the wind and use it to generate energy for the building. The tubing will also allow for natural ventilation. This project may seem like a far-fetched feat, but the architects claim that the skyscraper could be completed in about a year. Compared to the dragged-out construction times of traditional skyscrapers, one year seems completely reasonable.