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Royal College of Art . London Herzog & de Meuron . + wallpaper Released latest renderings of the new RCA Battersea Building designed by Herzog & de Meuron scheduled to complete by 2020. _

Plastic Could Be Fantastic Again if We Make It With These Natural Materials

[ By SA Rogers in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ]

A material once seen as a breakthrough innovation that could benefit the environment by replacing animal products now litters the Earth to the tune of approximately 6.3 billion metric tons, most of it in the world’s oceans. Forty percent of that plastic is single-use packaging.

While recycling might seem like the most obvious way to deal with the problem, the fact is, less than a fifth of all plastic is recycled globally – and even once it’s recycled, plastic typically just degrades into smaller pieces that are harder than ever to clean up. The smallest particles discovered in new research measure about the width of a human hair, small enough to penetrate membranes in the gut and bloodstream. We still don’t know what effects these contaminants have on our health, but it’s clear that they’re harming and killing marine life and other animals that accidentally consume them.

World Architecture Day 2018: Our Editors Celebrate with their Favorite Stories and Projects

100 Classrooms for Refugee Children / Emergency Architecture & Human Rights. Image © Martina Rubino 100 Classrooms for Refugee Children / Emergency Architecture & Human Rights. Image © Martina Rubino

Created by the Union International des Architects (UIA) in 2005, World Architecture Day is celebrated on the first Monday of October, aiming to highlight and remind the world of the architecture's collective responsibility in designing the world's future cities and settlements. To celebrate, ArchDaily's editors have chosen stories from the year so far that have interested, excited, or inspired them. Read on to see the stories.

Becky Quintal, Head of Content

50 Planning Terms & Concepts All Architects Should Know

Baohan Jiang's deconstructed wardrobe aims to change our perception of time

Baohan Jiang's deconstructed wardrobe aims to change our perception of time

Royal College of Art graduate Baohan Jiang has investigated the contents of the wardrobe to encourage users to reconsider how they structure, and experience, time. Read more

What it Means to Build Without Bias: Questioning the Role of Gender in Architecture

Courtesy of Hannah Rozenberg Courtesy of Hannah Rozenberg

Which is more male: a stadium or a nursery? Hannah Rozenberg, a recent graduate of the Royal College of Art, says that it’s the former—and she has an algorithm to prove it.

Rozenberg’s thesis project, “Building without Bias: An architectural language for the post-binary,” hinges on the notion that architecture can, by design, be gendered. To illustrate this point, she references St. James, an exclusive London neighborhood that houses dozens of gentlemen’s social clubs. “Women are either not even allowed in the clubs or have to follow different rules,” Rozenberg told ArchDaily. “One of the gentlemen’s clubs for example, is Boodle's. Women have to enter through the back entrance there.”

Jie Wu seeks to elevate value of plastic with series of miniature boxes

Jie Wu seeks to elevate value of plastic with series of miniature boxes

Blocks of resin with colourful marble-like patterns surrounds chunks of wood to form these miniature storage boxes by Royal College of Art graduate Jie Wu. Read more

Louise Nissen envisions respiratory clinic in Margate lido to treat Londoners' lungs

RCA Graduates: Sea Sanctuary by Louise Nissen

Royal College of Art graduate Louise Nissen has suggested converting an abandoned lido in the British seaside town of Margate into a respiratory clinic for Londoners suffering from pollution-related maladies. Read more