Happy Lunar New Year SPARK

SPARK wishes one and all a very happy Lunar New Year, let’s hope the year of the dog provides us all with a few  delicious Scooby snacks.

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Wenhui features in MUSE magazine

SPARK partner LimWenhui features in the recent quarterly edition of MUSE magazine. A Chinese language fashion and lifestyle magazine based in Singapore. Wenhui discusses here role across SPARK’s studio and the projects she leads in SE Asia and China including SPARK’s charitable doghouse project for BowWowHaus and the Blue Cross Charity featured in this newsletter.

SPARK’s doghouse departs Singapore for London

 

SPARK’s first of 2 doghouses to be completed PET 1 has been completed and has been shipped to London in readiness for the auction at London’s St Pancras Station at the end of March 2018.

The doghouse is manufactured from almost 500 up-cycled plastic water bottles.

The design and fabrication processes of SPARK’s 2 doghouses were inspired by a number of our interrelated research interests. First was the desire to illustrate a positive reuse of waste plastic second the investigation of 3d printed modelling techniques to better understand the potential bespoke form of the doghouses from component printing, assembly in the studio to completion.

Over the last 3 years SPARK has been developing a number of prototype projects using waste ocean plastic. (SPARK’s “beach hut” winner of a World Architecture Festival award (best innovative project” 2 years ago). The “PET 1” dog house is the next project in the series that attempts to tackle positively over plastic production and the flagrant dumping of waste plastic in landfill and the ocean.

Polyethylene terephthalate commonly abbreviated PET is the most common thermoplastic polymer used for plastic containers primarily bottle production. A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute, more than 480bn plastic drinking bottles were sold in 2016 around the world, equivalent to about 20,000 bottles being bought every second. 

PET is highly recyclable but fewer than half of the bottles bought in 2016 were collected for recycling, unfortunately, most plastic bottles produced end up in landfill or in the ocean. Between 8 million tonnes of plastic leaks into the world’s oceans each year, which is then ingested by sea birds, fish and other organisms.

By 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish.

The doghouse’s up-cycled water bottles are tied together using bespoke 3 prong recycled plastic propeller gaskets, and clipped to a simple printed basket plastic frame, the frame is covered by a waterproof membrane that also provides an insulated ground blanket.

This pro bono exercise is one of many other charity projects by SPARK that aim to inspire, provoke conversations and raise awareness about the social and physical environment.

Through our self-funded research projects and charity work we attempt to develop ideas that fill in the missteps of commercial development, over consumption and wastage.

This is the fuel for the engine of innovation and growth within SPARK.

The SPARK doghouses were produced in a collaborative, open and investigative process involving designers, technicians, university interns and a local aunty who made the doghouse cushions.

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