The renovations to improve the visitor experience at the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires included over 1 000m2 of flooring, for which the architets specified Neolith® Phedra, which features fresh, balanced tones with greyish shadows. (Credit: Javier Agustin)
An architectural milestone, when it was built 16 years ago, MALBA (Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires) has become one of Buenos Aires’ most recognisable landmarks.
Its exhibition spaces have hosted the very best in modern art from across South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico and now houses a permanent collection full of internationally important works by some of the continent’s most prolific artists.
Window coverings now offer additional functionality, such as filtering heat and light as well as reducing sound.
The era of simply covering an opening for privacy is long gone. Professionals are expected to specify products that cover a huge spectrum of benefits that exceed privacy. Window coverings now have to offer additional functionality, such as filtering heat and light as well as reducing sound. They should be manufactured with the least harm to the environment and, finally, be fully recyclable at the end of their lifespan.
The Blinds Syndicate has invested time and money in sourcing products that ensure we remain at the cutting edge of the latest developments regarding these vital specifications. Our partners, Junkers and Mueller Technical Textiles in Germany, have been world leaders in bringing to the market products that set new standards constantly. They conform to almost every international standard that is relevant for manufacturing responsibly, to ensure the product has a cradle-to-grave lifespan that is environmentally friendly.
Recently, researchers from the University of Cape Town in South Africa have “grown” a bio-brick using bacteria and urea found in human urine. The Conversation Africa’s Natasha Joseph asked Dyllon Randall to explain the research and story behind the bio-bricks.
What prompted this project?
Initially, curiosity. Some years ago I read about a US based company called BioMASON that uses the same process we do to produce bio-bricks, but with synthetic urea rather than urine. I was working in the sanitation field and wondered whether real urine could be used instead. Thanks to a one-year feasibility grant from South Africa’s Water Research Commission in 2017, we were able to test the concept – successfully.
So you’re putting what we usually describe as “waste” to good use?
Yes. My research work focuses on rethinking wastewater as a resource. Some of the things we discard – like urine – can actually be converted into useful resources, as this work has shown. This is important if we’re going to achieve a truly sustainable future because we are running out of natural resources at an unprecedented rate.
It’s also about questioning the status quo and trying to improve processes.
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