CASE STUDY: AluSiD and The Aesthetic of Waste



AluSiD (Alumino Silicate Design) was the name given to launch prototype examples of the ‘Eco-material’ David Binns and Dr Alasdair Bremner had been developing as part of the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) funded research project called ‘The Aesthetic of Waste”. The research project examines mineral waste as a potential alternative to traditional construction materials.

The material has grown out of research undertaken within the Silicate Research Unit based within the School of Art, Design & Performance at UCLan.

The project started life as an extension of the artistic practice of David Binns, (Reader in Contemporary Ceramics at UCLan). As the project developed he began collaborating with Dr Alasdair Bremner, a PhD graduate at the University. Finding their individual research interests were both philosophically and technically compatible, they collaborated on a number of live projects before embarking on a major research project that has led to the forming of AluSiD. The project titled ‘The Aesthetic of Waste’ has been supported by a research grant from the Arts & Humanities Research Council.

The project has involved exploring how varying streams of mineral waste can be combined in the creation of a new Eco-material that has unique visual properties; is made from 100% waste and has technical attributes that allow it to be used as within a number of architectural and interior design contexts.

The material offers a genuinely sustainable alternative to non-renewable sources of virgin stone such as granite or marble. Furthermore the material can be tailor made to meet the users specific requirements of colour and texture; blending or contrasting as required with existing material qualities.

AluSiD Designers are David Binns & Dr Alasdair Bremner

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