An immersive film, produced by engineers in Arup’s Los Angeles office, contrasts these innovative design concepts with conventional manufacturing approaches. The concept of the immersive film emerged from a consideration of the disconnect of design exhibitions from the outside material world. The curatorial team wanted to invite Triennale visitors to experience the reality of the material sources and supply chains that make possible the design objects on view throughout the exhibition, choosing an innovative 360-degree filming and audio recording technology to develop original filmed sequences to tell the full materials lifecycle story. In the exhibition, viewers are immersed into situations as diverse as a California coastal forest, an active rock quarry operation in Kansas, Humanscale’s New Jersey manufacturing facility, and a construction recycling yard in Southern California.
Using materials including bio-fabricated mycelium from Ecovative Design, plastic from fishing nets harvested from the ocean by Bureo, a member of NextWave Plastic’s consortium of materials suppliers committed to mitigating environmental contamination, and non-recyclable municipal waste, the stools have the capacity to absorb carbon dioxide, reduce ocean plastic pollution and avert methane emissions from landfills.
Stickbulb provided the pavilion’s lighting installations. The Bough pendants on display are made from 300+ year-old redwood salvaged from a dismantled water tower at 32 Court street in Brooklyn, New York.
RECKONstruct invites visitors to immerse themselves in a new circular economy, experiencing its activities in spatial, audial and temporal terms, which expose the hidden opportunities of the material life cycle as a call to both collective and individual action.