Architect@Work Oslo 2021

Architect@Work Oslo 2021

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02 Sep 2021


ACL will represent Portugal in the biggest Architecture and Interior Design event of the moment

Wooden houses based on recycled newspapers? Yes, it exists and has a Norwegian signature. And what is done to animal blood wasted in the global consumption of tons of meat? There are those who use it to make bricks. Indeed. Nowadays, nothing is wasted with creativity and technology. The latest Architecture and Interior Design projects reflect this trend. “Waste and Architecture” is the exciting theme of Architect@Work Oslo 2021, a subject that the Portuguese company A Cimenteira do Louro (ACL) knows so well and that will demonstrate, in this edition, with its concrete-based products and coatings.

Between September 29th and 30th, Norway will be the center of the world for professionals in Architecture, Interior Design and Construction. For the first time, Architect@Work (A@W) makes the Norwegian landscape its home and begins with a promising first edition and a fundamental theme to the Present and the Future of spaces. Embracing the old and making it new, giving value to what is left of a production and use process, are simple ways to explain this revolutionary movement that circumvents, in an intelligent way, the exhaustion of natural resources. From stand no. 76, ACL will materialize this green manifesto with its concrete-based coatings and floors, a 100% sustainable material that is transformed into sophisticated collections of products with great technical performance.

For those who still think that only paper, cellulose or wood are renewable materials, it is because they are not following this new trend, driven by sustainability and creativity, that explores materials that ended the life cycle in the linear economy system. "Waste is a gift that needs to be freed from its "pejorative stigma``'', stated the French intellectual, George Bataille, in the first half of the 20th century, and now, in this 21st century, his desired premise is being materialized. It is with great enthusiasm that architects and designers explore these new and exciting materials made of things that, normally, are seen in a dump.

We have reached a time when the harmful consequences of a linear economy, which extracts raw materials, turns them into materials and products that become wasteful, is felt in several aspects of our personal and social life and, therefore, difficult to ignore. Reducing, reusing, recycling and recovering are the forces of action that characterize the circular economy, an opponent system that is being embraced by the worlds of Architecture and Design.

Architects and designers play a decisive role in this change, as they are the ones who choose the materials and products they work with and define the ecological relationship between people and their surrounding spaces. In addition to these professionals, companies that sell products can also contribute positively to this movement. The Portuguese ACL is an example of how it is possible to present products of high quality and sophistication based on a material that is totally reused and is environmentally friendly. Recycled concrete can be used as an aggregate for a new one, thus lasting for several life cycles.

The good example ACL will be presented at the next Architect@Work Oslo with its Design and Nature collections, with the promise of inspiring professionals to choose the creative sustainable way of reusing materials.


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