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MaDe Participant

Álvaro Alcázar

Material 1: Biodegradable Concrete Material 2: Translucent soil

I consider myself a person who feels true passion for everything that I believe in.

Ccreative, critical and perfectionist, I trust in myself to work responsibly. My curiosity to capture the world, promoted by a stage in Scotland, leads me to discover places that bring personal wealth and global vision.

In the academic field at the ETSAV, I felt a sensible attraction for projects and perceptive experiences for people. Trying to convey a message through rhetoric, I empathize with the territory from a beautiful and consistent construction. 

In the professional field, I have collaborated in the construction of the Ringo Rang Route and with many architecture studies. In MAIO, they stimulated my reflective and artistic character. Now in DATAAE, I learn tectonics and execution. At the same time, I am directing the construction of my own master’s project and I dedicate myself to research and personal projects.

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Material Qualities
Color: Grey + Brown (+ orange / green ).
Soft / hard: Hard concrete.
Shiny / matt: Matt.
Smells: Soil + Coffee.
Texture: Homogeneous.
Material Recipe
Material 1:
30% cement, 30% soil waste, 20% coffee waste.
+ 20% broken glass / ceramic.
Water until the desiderable mix.
+ Little plant seeds.

Material 2:
1 ml Glycerine + 60 ml water + 12 gr Gelatine.
+ 5 gr of soil waste (dust).
+ Broken glass + Ceramic.
Material Application
Material 1:
- Concrete flooring and walls.
- Concrete modeling.
- Patrimonial restoration.
- Furniture.
- Product design.

Material 2:
- Filter in architecture.
- Sensorial effect in lighting design.
- Art: painting.
- Product design.
- Modeling.
Material Narrative
Soil is a legendary material that is rooted in the territory for use in agriculture (and also architecture). Due to an industry that occupies more than 1/3 of the earth's surface, it is wasted by the fact of ceasing to be fertilized or contaminated. This material can be interesting to reduce the amount of cement,. Also using ceramics or glass as aggregates, which are full renewable material, we can produce sustainable concrete.

Material 1: Create a material that could show the transformation of the territory from which we come, its own erosion and the resurgence of plant species that are eliminated in landscape processes. Our steps must show our passage of time. There will be drawn as a collage, human and weather footprints as a natural reflection of their passage through the landscape. Through different compositions of soil concrete: the lower part that rests on the granular base, has a greater proportion of soil to absorb water. The top has lower proportion of soil to be more resistant and seeds are between layers. When erosion occurs due to use and weather, the water will enter from the top, and the bottom will be wet to allow the seeds to take root and grow.

Material 2: It should be appreciated that its aerial condition of soil is expressed through the movement when it's worked. Freezing that ethereal effect of the earth can manifest the life it has had and show its history. The soil would recover translucency for a moment and let light through, creating an atmosphere that stimulated the senses.
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MaDe, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of The European Union, aims at boosting talents towards circular economies across Europe partnering with design and cultural institutions, Elisava, Ma-tt-er and Politecnico di Milano.

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