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Silka Glanzman

NYC, New York, United States

Designer (Product Design)

Member since March 10, 2008


  • headwest

    Community, Environmental Design

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    headwest

    Planning for Sustainable Urban Revival

    With guidance from Buffalo ReUse and Build it Green! NYC.

    Problem: Cities in the American Rust Belt (Buffalo, NY as a case study) have lost their vitality as a result of urban flight, suburban sprawl and the changing industrial climate of the United States. This has lead to the vacancy of homes and factories, and the deterioration of surrounding rural communities.

    Solution: headwest is a system that transforms architectural waste to create new sustainable building materials. Using abundant salvaged materials (brick, lumber and glass), a family of three architectural tiles has been designed to represent the triumphs of the past and a hope for the future

    Benefits: All materials are salvaged, manufactured and sold regionally using local labor, local resources, factories and infrastructure. The overarching intent of the project is to create sustainable, site-specific, vital industry to aid in a revival of economy and spirit.

    Next Steps: headwest is a system with the potential for infinite development. Grants, government involvement as well as prototype expansion will bring the project closer to fruition.

    For more information, please visit my profile blog...

  • headwest

    Community, Environmental Design

    Fordesign211_177_

    headwest:

    Planning for Sustainable Urban Revival

    With guidance from Buffalo ReUse and Build it Green! NYC.

    Problem: Cities in the American Rust Belt (Buffalo, NY as a case study) have lost their vitality as a result of urban flight, suburban sprawl and the changing industrial climate of the United States. This has lead to the vacancy of homes and factories, and the deterioration of surrounding rural communities.

    Solution: headwest is a system that transforms architectural waste to create new sustainable building materials. Using abundant salvaged materials (brick, lumber and glass), a family of three architectural tiles has been designed to represent the triumphs of the past and a hope for the future

    Benefits: All materials are salvaged, manufactured and sold regionally using local labor, local resources, factories and infrastructure. The overarching intent of the project is to create sustainable, site-specific, vital industry to aid in a revival of economy and spirit.

    Next Steps: headwest is a system with the potential for infinite development. Grants, government involvement as well as prototype expansion will bring the project closer to fruition.

    For more information and images, please visit my profile blog...

  • Headwest

    Community, Environmental Design

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    headwest is a system that transforms architectural waste to create new sustainable building materials. These materials will be used in the construction of new pre-fabricated homes for the area. All materials will be salvaged, manufactured and sold regionally using local labor, local resources, factories and infrastructure.

    Problem Cities in the American Rust Belt (Buffalo, NY as a case study) have lost their vitality as a result of urban flight, suburban sprawl and the changing industrial climate of the United States. This has lead to the vacancy of homes and factories, and the deterioration of surrounding rural communities.

    There are few jobs, few incentives for new generations to stay, and little investment coming from the federal government. The decline of these early industrial cities has been accepted a part of our national culture, leaving little room for optimism.

    In the near future, these cities will inevitably become vital again due to their wealth of natural resources. There will be few architectural amenities left. New materials will be needed to rebuild what will have been lost. And the people who’ve invested their lives in largely forgotten communities may very well be brushed aside as the region is built over.

    Not-For-Profit Collaboration Build It Green! NYC is New York City’s only non-profit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building materials. They receive donated salvaged and surplus building materials at their warehouse and are available at a re...

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design