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Reciclarq is organizing workshops for creative reuse of residual materials. The objective of these workshops is: to find means of reducing the use of primary resources, to reduce the amount of waste designated to landfills or incinerators, and to raise the level of consciousness of children and adults about the possibilities of creating new useful objects starting from the disused artifacts and materials. This initiative also includes exhibitions that show the workshop results and reach the wider audience.

Centre for experimental design

Reciclarq studies the (usually) non-constructive materials as a potential means for a low-cost creation of architectural spaces. Through the study of industrial materials, their physics, real and transformed properties, different spatial and structural situations are simulated. By the cataloguing and experimentation, one can look for the viability of the use of these materials in the everyday life.
The goal is to alert the population about the possibilities of creating small structures, in an economic and easy way, through the identification of low-cost materials that can be used to create self-made spaces.
It also aims to create new constructive systems with the selected materials, and, in the future, to create a possible alternative use for finished industrial products.

Architecture made of waste materials

This initiative promotes experiments on constructive and architectural potentials of residual materials and non-conventional elements, and their optimization for the systematized use in walls, columns, partitions and other architectural elements, through the process of simple prefabrication and "clever design” strategies. The alternative, low energy consumption technologies together with other sustainable strategies are the variables with which the prototypes and models are developed and tested, both virtually and physically. The overall objective is to investigate the production of new low cost spatial systems of the minimal environmental impact.

Recycled urban space

The investigation centres on the alternative methods of inhabiting and using the residual urban spaces, by means of sustainable strategies and social/cultural commitments. The strategies that transform urban terrain vague, dead zones and degraded public spaces are analyzed, simulated and catalogued. The creation of alternative urban recycling systems, using infrastructures designed under sustainable criteria, appears as a support to community initiatives. Using the housing (a key issue of the sustainable city) as a starting point of the project, it promotes new intelligent systems of recycling, environmental recovering and massive/subversive greening of the city.




RECICLARQ · Lepant 347, Entlo, 4 · 08025 Barcelona · Spain · tel.: (+34) 93 530 93 54 · email: info[at]reciclarq.org