Last year, architect David Benjamin talked about the potential to design eco-friendly bricks by reworking raw materials like plants and bacteria. It had the potential to be a green office solution, but now the technology will be put to the test, according to Fast Co. Exist.
Benjamin’s firm The Living was selected to design the Museum of Modern Art’s seasonal exhibition PS1. This program has been around since 1971 and the institution looks forward to partnering with an organization that can design a structure to house contemporary works “with almost no waste, no energy needs, and no carbon emissions,” as MoMA’s press release reads.
“The Living will use a new method of bio-design, resulting in a structure that is 100 [percent] organic material,” the announcement explained. “The structure temporarily diverts the natural carbon cycle to produce a building that grows out of nothing but earth and returns to nothing but earth.”
Using biologically-engineered bricks may sound like a bad idea, but Benjamin believes that going with this approach makes sense. Manipulating commonly used products with natural materials can better serve the environment. Those who wish to see the exhibition space are invited to do so at the Long Island City, Queens location in June 2014.
The design company’s proposal to MoMA added that because of these resources, there will be virtually no need for electricity or air conditioning. Reflective bricks and day-lighting mirror film from 3M will serve as a light source while the porous materials will ventilate warm and cooler air around the facility.
MoMA’s decision to use a sustainable alternative for its PS1 program is a great example that proves organizations are becoming comfortable with green recycling, but Americans can go with a less extreme approach.
Instead of building your own bio-bricks, there are used office liquidators in the Bay Area that can offer lightly-used commercial furniture. Purchasing pre-owned and remanufactured furniture allows you to decrease your carbon footprint while saving money.