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Kingston gets creative

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Do not despair if you missed the The Creative Resource exhibition on recycled materials which closes this week at the Building Centre in London.

It will reopen in early October at Kingston University,
which houses a library of more than 1,200 samples of recycled materials samples. A virtual library of the collection - www.rematerialise.org - is due to go live in December. Materials are grouped into categories according to what they are made from: plastics, rubber, fibre, textiles, ceramics, metal and glass. To learn more, contact Jakki Dehn, the Kingston-based researcher behind the exhibition (and the sample library).

Dehn spoke this week at the Building Centre along with a representative from Transport for London (TfL) , and Richard Liddle of cohda (adhoc backwards), the man behind the chair of extruded HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) which I saw last week at the Design Council.

TfL is making a big push to incorporate recycled materials into its street furniture, including the use of recycled aluminium and PV illumination for signage and recycled rubber and pvc for temporary road traffic islands and bus stops. Contact ivan.bennett@tfl.gov.uk.

Newcastle-based Liddle gave a fascinating diagnosis of the amount of plastics going to landfill and talked up his aspiration to move recycled plastic beyond the 'flatpack confetti aesthetic' which has characterised it to date. He says his extruded HDPE is strong enough to make temporary structures.

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