Recently architecture students at Kumamoto University, in Kumamoto, Japan built a big cube out of cardboard. As with any architecture project, you have to look at it and ask yourself “what’s the point?”
Luckily, this project holds a slightly deeper meaning than the average “hey look at that ugly design concept.” Through this project we see not only the unique design potential of cardboard, but also the resiliency of structures made out of entirely recycled materials.
What does this say about the future of green design? While I don’t expect we’ll be seeing many cardboard houses anytime soon, there is no doubt that the more we get the idea of recycled and sustainable building materials into the public sphere, the more quickly that idea will be adopted.