Two of the materials that I chose for the project were copper and paper tubes. Both of them are very sustainable and recyclable. Copper is 100% recyclable, so when a copper product reaches the entirety of its use, the metal within maintains its physical-chemical properties and can be completely recycled to become a new resource. As for paper tubes, they are also 100% recyclable allowing for the material to be reused as well.
Copper is more practical than paper tubes only because its been in use for 100s of years, generally used as a roofing application, but can be used to create utensils, pots and pans, railings, etc. It’s appearance forms a protective patina, which not only looks more elegant and classical, but also prevents from corrosion and gives depth to any buildings facade. The average cost per square foot for copper ranges from $13.50 to $16.50 depending on if you want the basic, better, or best copper. Copper is also biostatic, which does not allow bacteria to grow onto it. The application of paper tubes, however, has only been in use since the 1990s I believe, and there are not many buildings that have been created with this material, but the ones that have were designed by Shigeru Ban. Paper tubes are also fire resistant, waterproof, easily transportable, cheap, and can be made on site. The paper tubes are lightweight and can be produced at just about any length that you need.
It would be interesting to see paper tubes used as more of a commercial product application because as shown in the video we watched in lecture on Shigeru Ban’s “temporary housing” in Turkey that ended up turning into permanent housing. Being able to be created by any individual makes the material that much better, especially for those who are without housing, or those who live in poor housing conditions, all they need is to be provided with the materials and shown how exactly the process needs to be done. As for copper it’s already a widely used commercial product and I think it would be amazing to see a building designed with new copper and the copper patina because the patina accents the copper so well.