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Design as Scholarship
All That Is Solid
Ang Li
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What can architecture learn from a direct confrontation with the material afterlives of modern consumption? All That Is Solid is a series of experiments in reuse conducted during a six-week residency at a waste-processing facility in Philadelphia. Through firsthand encounters with the materials and practices of the recycling industry, the project explores how these othered forms of knowledge could serve as a lens for re-examining architecture’s troubled relationship with its material footprints. Working directly with familiar byproducts from the construction and demolition waste stream, the observations and material experiments presented here advocate for an expanded and more empathetic view of architectural materiality—one that places materials in dialogue with other sites, actors, practices, and value systems that unfold far beyond the building envelope.

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