Miele Space Station was a pilot project to develop methods for making architecture from waste. Old washing machines are great, but the Dutch agency 2012 Architects takes it further and brings a catalogue of waste materials available at www.recyclicity.net
"The objective of Recyclicity is to promote re-use of waste material for construction applications with as little added energy as possible for transport and processing of materials."
Instead of chopping and melting waste to anonymous base-material, they use the unique identity of the waste-material. Example projects at the website prove how working with waste in its primary form opens doors for innovative applications and unexpected design. You've got my support guys!
Aart van Bezooijen is a Dutch optimist and motivator for materials in design. He lives and works in Hamburg where he founded Material Stories (2005) to inspire and enable the best use of materials to make design more competitive, creative and sustainable.
2011 he explored sustainable solutions from around the world during the "It's Not Easy Being Green" project with graphic designer Paula Raché. He co-organized the Materials Café exhibitions at the Hannover Messe in Germany, the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology. Since 2012, he works as Professor for Material and Technology Transfer at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle growing a new materials library.