PHOOEY Architects: Upcycling

September 15, 2010

Recycled carpet tiles are used to display sustainable architecture projects in a collection of work from PHOOEY Architects.

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A new exhibition currently on show at the University of Melbourne documents the work of local firm PHOOEY Architects, focusing on sustainable design and creating buildings with zero waste.

The exhibition design features the work of ABP Alumnus Peter Ho and PHOOEY co-founder Emma Young tattooed onto recycled carpet tiles to represent the architects’ strategies for sustainability in architecture and construction.

Held at the University of Melbourne’s Wunderlich Gallery, the exhibition is the third in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning Alumni Retrospective Series. Projects showcased in the show include the Children’s Activity Centre at Skinners Playground in South Melbourne, a high-rise residential tower made of recycled shipping containers, a sporting pavilion with a Mexican wave-inspired metal frame and a primary school with four rivers running through it.

Dr Alex Selenitsch, Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Melbourne, said the display reflects Peter Ho’s focus on sustainable design. “Tattooed with images of PHOOEY’s architecture, the tiles are a real here-and-now materialisation of the architect’s strategies, providing the context in which their work can be considered,” he explained.

["PHOOEY Architects: Upcycling":] will be held until 1 October 2010 at the Wunderlich Gallery, Ground Floor at the Architecture Building of the University of Melbourne.

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