- story by MaterialDistrict
The concrete industry is at the root of several environmental issues. Can humans develop new manufacturing methods using ‘geopolymerization’ with industrial wastes? With this project, Erco is working on both the imagination and realization of alternative building materials, using ‘unwanted minerals’ to close material flows within our urban ecosystem.
From geopolymerization, he creates ‘Neostones’ from powder of marble, lime pellets, sand and slag. The Neostone raises awareness from the perspective of the material, by learning from the Earth, by blurring the boundary between earth-made and human-made, by mimicking geo-processes and translates this into new manufacturing mechanisms.