Exhibition

USA
RECKONstruct

RECKONstruct, the American pavilion at XXII Triennale di Milanoresponds to the theme Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, demonstrating how sustainable design can respond to the current global environmental crisis. Conceived and developed by a group of passionate environmental advocates including Arup, Humanscale, MIT’s SHINE Program, Novità Communications and NextWave Plastics, it spotlights the materials revolution underway in the United States and documents how Humanscale’s design studio reimagined a simple stool through three different approaches to sustainability, including bio-fabrication, circular economy, and biomimicry.

To measure the sustainability of each design, Humanscale partnered with MIT’s SHINE program—Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositve Enterprise. Evaluating all three designs using a comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) quantified impacts from materials sourcing to transportation to manufacturing to actual use.

An immersive film, produced by a Los Angeles–based team of engineers and designers at the global engineering firm Arup, contrasts the innovative design concepts with conventional manufacturing approaches, bringing the LCA to life within a backdrop of locations representative of how materials are sourced and used in the built environment.

RECKONstruct invites visitors to immerse themselves in a new circular economy, discovering the opportunities of the material life cycle as a call to collective and individual action.

Credits

Commissioner:
Gregory Norris, SHINE@MIT

Chief Curator:
Russell Fortmeyer, Arup

Curators:
Jane Abernethy and Mesve Vardar, Humanscale; Frances Yang

ArupExhibition Design:
Paul Chavez, Matthew Wilkinson and Ashley Hastings

ArupProject Activation:
Chris Abbate, Danielle McWilliams and Barbara Musso, Novità; Tina Brennan and Ross Bergman, Humanscale

Primary Sponsors:
Humanscale and NextWave Plastic

Supporting Sponsor:
Stickbulb

Supporting Technical Organizations:
International Living Future Institute (ILFI) Lonely Whale; Biomimicry Institute; Chrysalis Strategies; Modern Meadow; Cradle-to-Cradle Product; Innovation Institute Ecovative; UBQ Materials; American Institute of Architects (AIA); U.S. Green Building Council (USBGC) Carbon Leadership Forum; Ecological Building Network; Health Product Declaration Collaborative Mindful Materials; American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) NeoCon

Highlights

Stickbulb, based in Brooklyn, NY, stockpiles reclaimed timber from various sources, including New York’s iconic water tanks, to construct its LED light fixtures. Stickbulb

Biomimicry - Inspired by the Venus Flower Basket sea sponge, this rendering of the stool designed by Hu- manscale's Jacob Turetsky minimizes material use through additive manufacturing. Credits Humanscale

Biomimicry. Inspired by the Venus Flower Basket sea sponge, this rendering of the stool designed by Humanscale's Jacob Turetsky minimizes material use through additive manufacturing. Credits Humanscale

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