Design for Reuse Primer / MAS Context 7

A book and a journal with free PDFs, both worth downloading and reading.

[Design for Reuse Primer | by Public Architecture]
"'Building green' is often linked with higher levels of energy efficiency or improved air quality. Even when considered, the sustainable materials market tends to focus on sustainably harvested materials or materials with recycled content. Yet, repurposing materials directly from the waste stream is the ultimate form of resource conservation.

The 15 diverse projects in the Design for Reuse Primer demonstrate new models of 'building green.' Material reuse is always integral to a sustainable vision of how to tread lightly on the earth, be economically pragmatic, and nurture a community. From a school for children with learning differences to a center for holistic living, these case studies are intended to provide insights about the material reuse process in a wide variety of context. By discussing the challenges and demonstrating the benefits of reclaimed materials, we hope to demystify and inspire reuse."

[MAS Context 7: Information | published by MAS studio]
"INFORMATION is all around us. We produce it and consume it constantly. We process it, visualize it and immediately discard it. Inevitably, our everyday life revolves around INFORMATION. For these reasons, we talked to those leading the pack with their ideas and work. We wanted to know the opportunities, challenges, trends and mistakes of the so-called Information Age. Digest your new set of INFORMATION.

AS Context is a quarterly journal created by MAS Studio that addresses issues that affect the urban context. Its aim is to provide a comprehensive view of a topic by the active participation of people from different fields and different perspectives. It instigates the debate."


  1. while this is a decent resource, and i'm glad to see it's been made available to the public, the embodied energy of construction materials is a small part of a building's life cycle energy needs. unless the issues of operational energy are significantly addressed (e.g. minergie, passivhaus, LBC) then it's a little bit moot...


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