Construction waste, though largely accumulated on the jobsite, can be traced back to a project’s conception, beginning with architectural mock-ups that are almost always destined to end up in landfills. In order to give them a new life, a New York-based program called Testbeds is repurposing mock-up structures for practical purposes in community gardens, The New York Times reports.
Though visual and performance mock-ups only comprise a small subset of construction waste across the nation, finding innovative ways to reuse them opens the door to more construction repurposing projects, saving money and materials from a fast-track to the dump.
Created before construction starts on a large real estate development, a mock-up is a one- to three-story model of a facade, often including windows, part of a roof and other features. It is used to test a design before embarking on a project, but afterward, it often ends up in a garbage heap.
“These are brand-new, highly sophisticated, incredibly intelligent assemblages ready to have a new life,” said Ivi Diamantopoulou, an architect who, with her partner Jaffer Kolb, founded New Affiliates, a boutique design firm in Manhattan.