This year, the Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings and Biocities (MAEBB) launched the Valldaura Independent Research, a new course to help students with self-led development and research projects related to Sustainable Design.
Material Research was the path taken by four students, who took the opportunity to explore new ways of recuperating waste products from Valldaura Labs and turning them into useable products. The projects range from creating insulation material for architectural applications and brick materials with improved tensile strength, to fabricate tiles with high compression properties and intricately designed products to organise a desk space.
Beyond their applications as functional products, each of the students put emphasis on re-using waste materials directly from Valldaura Labs, creating a loop of waste to creation that is crucial for any study into self-sufficiency. The impact here is two-fold: waste products that had previously been an issue to dispose of, taking up time and resources to process properly, could now be recovered as useful materials preventing the purchase of more external materials and closing even more loops of self-sufficiency.