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A Carbon Market Research Center

Part 1 Project 2022
Joe de Kadt
University of Brighton | UK
What might be possible if we push at the boundaries of architecture and take a look at the larger systems it operates within? Can we then ask how might design instigate meaningful change beyond its physical edges, energy performance and embodied energy? And what are the social economic frameworks that seem to be limiting our architectural responses required to bring the scale of change needed to combat the challenges of the climate emergency?

Through the design process of this project, this attempt to challenge the systems within which architecture currently operates morphs into a simpler question: What happens when you take expensive, unsustainable and carbon releasing materials out of an architectural tool kit and in return you give time back to the craftspeople, the builders?

The work does not claim to be a social economic treatise but it does aim to set up a reasoned scenario in order to hold a discussion about the implications of such questions on the design process. Sited in rural Zimbabwe using mostly compressed mud bricks plus a notional 25kw solar power kiln, what emerges is a design process embedded in heritage construction practices that relies on skilled labour to produce an architecture evolved from traditions.

Joe de Kadt

Sarah Stevens
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