Studio ThusThat: Wastelands, New Ores

Every vision of the future requires metals. Metals weave invisibly through our walls and beneath our feet, they carry electricity across oceans, catch signals in our devices, and propel cars. Hopeful scenarios of renewables also necessitate metals; a wind turbine alone has 5 tonnes of copper wiring, and a single kilometer of railway requires nearly 10 tonnes. While the future may demand metals like copper, so too did the past; copper is the oldest metal mined by humans, evidence of its mining dating at the start of agriculture nearly 10,000 years ago. Although use of such metals has changed, the extractive relationship has not, even in the age of recycling.
The objective is an overview of the main material science principles behind different re-use methods that can be extrapolated to other contexts, including that of Venice.

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Pablo Prado Serrano

Pablo Prado Serrano is an architect and researcher from Mexico City, currently based in Berlin. He has worked on projects that range from exhibition architecture and spatial design, and collaborations with artists and architects. His professional interests focus on a critical approach to categorization, archives and politics on design and architecture.

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