ISDI India presenting the results of the Green Charcoal research
The Green Charcoal – A biodegradable construction material for the growth of living ecosystems on building walls
Exhibited at the Future of Architecture and Building Biennale, Mumbai, India in 2018.
Introduction to ISDI
The establishment of the Indian School of Design and Innovation is a bold experiment to redefine the way design education is delivered in India. The vision and philosophy of the school are driven by the principles of the D.I.C.E – Design, Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem. The New age education at ISDI is delivered in collaboration with Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York; a global leader in design education since almost a century.
ISDI has a New Materials Library that provides a platform to discuss questions of sustainability of the world through the lens of material design and material systems which are practised in the local, national and the global societies. It develops narratives to be taken further as practice-based research or research by making at the intersection of design, science and ecology. The core objective of the material research lab is to inform design led opportunities which inquire and implement how materials can be used in more sensitive and meaningful ways.
A part of this material research program, is The Green Charcoal; designing biodegradable construction material for the growth of living ecosystems on building walls. This faculty led research is developed with a team of students from the Interior Design Program at ISDI.
Research Lead — Shreyas More, Faculty and Researcher at ISDI
Research Mentor — Meenal Sutaria, Program Director Interior Design at ISDI, Founder and Director of Green Angle
Student Interns — Interior Design Sophomore, Junior, Senior Year
The Green Charcoal Introduction
About 8 to 15 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions are attributed to concrete manufacturing, which is widely used in construction. The building industry hence continues to be one of the largest contributors to global warming and climate change. In addition, concrete from demolished buildings, adds to the particulate pollution and is dumped into landfills as it lacks a direct material value.
The Green Charcoal is a practice-based research at the intersection of material innovation and technology that addresses the issue of rising pollution and temperature by developing healthy materials for building construction. It is the development of cutting-edge materials for construction made up of charcoal, organic luffa fibres, soil and air to create a built system that is biodegradable, lightweight and allows the growth of living ecosystems of plants and insects on its surface. This is aimed at creating a breathing state of architecture to ensure increased biodiversity in cities, while providing healthy urban solutions for people.
In biophilic spaces, people are happier, patients recover faster, students learn better, retail sales are higher, workplace productivity goes up, and absenteeism goes down. If the facades of buildings, compound walls and dividers that follow the road network are built using the green charcoal bricks,
they will not only clean the air or control rise in temperature but will also inspire a positive social behaviour.
The Ethos of the New Materials Library and The Green Charcoal, which is faculty-led research under this research cell was exhibited at the Future of Architecture and Building Biennale, Mumbai 2018.
Courtesy: Research at Indian School of Design and Innovation, Mumbai.