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dc.contributor.authorBeznogova, Anna 14:58:23 (GMT) 14:58:23 (GMT)
dc.description.abstractThe aim of this thesis was to understand how to define sustainability holistically, and how architecture can contribute to holistic sustainability by way of its material form. I conducted a literature review of definitions for sustainable development, looking for a holistic definition that addressed common attitudinal barriers to its practice. It became apparent that it’s useful to study sustainability under a systems science framework that takes environmental, social, and psychological sustainability as interdependent variables. In accordance with this, I reviewed different approaches to material sustainability in architecture, the lifecycles of several common building materials, and the links between material industries, to establish a system-based understanding of how material sustainability can be practiced. In the latter part of my thesis I focus on material re-use as an underrepresented approach to material sustainability, and study the opportunities and barriers in practicing it, particularly in the context of Southern Ontario. I propose that a monitoring tool that draws on public data sources could relieve one barrier to using reclaimed materials by making it easier to find available sources. I find that material re-use can be an architect-driven way to practice material sustainability, it conveys a message about the problems of materialism in our society, and it provides challenging but fulfilling craft-based work.en
dc.publisherUniversity of Waterlooen
dc.subjectmaterial sustainabilityen
dc.subjectmaterial reuseen
dc.titleOn the Path to Material Re-Use: Navigating the complexity of material sustainability for architectural practiceen
dc.typeMaster Thesisen
dc.pendingfalse (School of)en of Waterlooen
uws-etd.degreeMaster of Architectureen
uws.contributor.advisorBordeleau, Anne
uws.contributor.affiliation1Faculty of Engineeringen

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