The diagram on the right suggests a potential massing for one of these buildings. It’s a 28 unit building that takes up 3 lots, and would take the lumber from about 20 houses to produce. To put this in context at the city scale, an estimate with this system if we were able to run all demolitions through it, it could produce about 3900 housing units a year. Comparatively, a study from a few years ago in Vancouver looking at reusing lumber from pre-1940’s homes found that they could potentially build 100-130 single family homes a year .
This project doesn’t assess the aesthetic of the output, these are still design decisions left up to the architect. This project is concerned about the sourcing of materials and is much more focused on the operations upstream and downstream from our typical point of production and how to engage that. As designers and architects, we can’t be happy just to occupy any given site. We have to think about where are materials are coming from and where they’re going. This project is a lens through which we can view the problems of the current system and envision a system that serves the greater public in a much more effective way.