reBicycle, the Road to a Sustainable Façade System

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GRØN DYST 2014 Technical University of Denmark

reBicycle, the Road to a Sustainable Façade System
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Author:U.E. Knuth-Winterfeldt (DTU Architectural Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
C.N. Sørensen (DTU Architectural Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
Date: 2014-06-27     Track: Main     Session: 1

Every year more than 20.000 ton of plastics are burned in Copenhagen alone, meanwhile the Municipality of Copenhagen wants the city to be CO2 neutral in 2025. In order to succeed, plastics (and other materials) should be reused instead of burned. For each ton of reused plastic, the total CO2 emission is reduced with 2-3 ton. By collecting metal scraps from construction sites and worn out bicycle tires it has been possible to develop a flexible and versatile façade- and fence-system. The system consists of weaved bicycle tires, fixed to a framing system made from leftover reinforcement bars. Besides the sheltering effect the system also possesses great aesthetic values. The weaved bicycle tires gives a tasteful urban look – and the reflexes on the bicycle tires creates inspiring patterns when light is directed towards the system.