Interior design students experiment with native plants to create new building materials.
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- [00:00:05.660]Inventing useful building materials
- [00:00:07.980]from unwanted local plants.
- [00:00:10.430]That's the goal of an interior design research team.
- [00:00:15.860]By combining overabundant native
- [00:00:18.260]and invasive plants,
- [00:00:20.020]with a variety of natural and organic binders
- [00:00:23.210]like bio based resin and limecrete,
- [00:00:26.340]students create new building materials
- [00:00:28.700]with a variety of colors, textures, and densities.
- [00:00:33.170]Since my undergrad, I have really found the idea of
- [00:00:35.230]sort of sustainability and plants
- [00:00:37.410]really exciting to be used
- [00:00:38.660]within the interior environment
- [00:00:40.270]and now I'm going through this process,
- [00:00:42.020]I'm really learning like the kind of messy
- [00:00:44.700]back and forth of what it means to figure out
- [00:00:47.150]what plants can be turned into
- [00:00:48.820]and how you can apply them to
- [00:00:50.220]just about anything throughout space.
- [00:00:53.130]The research team,
- [00:00:54.450]led by faculty members
- [00:00:56.010]Kendra Ordia and Nate Bisek
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- [00:01:01.260]duck weed, and phragmites,
- [00:01:04.330]also known as the common reed.
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