• Recoup Decomposition Charrette

    Environment

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    Group members: Areum Joo, Emily Kim, Hironao Kato, Nicole Kung

    Project: Recoup Student: Jiyeoung Lim Problem: E-waste Irresponsible consumption and unsustainable product life cycle Mission: to lengthen lifespan of mobile phones NFP: Collective Good

    Strengths

    • The concept pinpoints a specific area of e-waste (cell phones)
    • Reuse, reduce, recycle
    • Designed to fit the general mass market

    Weaknesses

    • Solution ➢ Over complicated ➢ Very expensive to develop as an actual product ➢ Requires a redundant amount of transportation resource ➢ Cell phones are of incredibly high technology Parts are likely to be outdated by the time it reaches the manufacturers ➢ Not appealing to for-profit companies
    • Material ➢ Wood: issues with durability, sustainability, and conductivity. What happens to the plastic shells of used cell phones? ➢ Circuit board unlikely to be reused

    Proposed idea

    • Problem with current project ➢ Too expensive and difficult to manufacture ➢ Does not actually solve the issue regarding e-waste ➢ The design feasibility is questionable

    We recognize that Jiyeong’s main goal was to create an alternative use of e-waste. To help actualize her vision, we have broadened our scope to all types of circuit boards in addition to cell phones. Currently we have very limited resources to safely dispose of circuit boards, therefore we propose to up-cycle the e-waste into architectural material. With this solution, we hope to develop various means of transferring energy and creating a political statement regarding the harm being done to the environment.

    The architectural panels are composed mainly of circuit boards with a clear material to bond the components together. This process will help bring different possibilities, minimizing the use of virgin materials.

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