Aluminum Upcycled

Aluminum Upcycled

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Besides being the right thing to do for Mother Earth, recycling can also make moneya€”particularly when it comes to upcycling, a zero waste practice where discarded materials are fashioned into goods of greater economic or cultural value. In Upcycling Aluminum, Carl A. Zimring explores how the metala€™s abundance after World War IIa€”coupled with the significant economic and environmental costs of smelting it from bauxite orea€”led to the industrial production of valuable durable goods from salvaged aluminum. Beginning in 1886 with the discovery of how to mass produce aluminum, the book examines the essential part the metal played in early aviation and the world wars, as well as the troubling expansion of aluminum as a material of mass disposal. Recognizing that scrap aluminum was as good as virgin material and much more affordable than newly engineered metal, designers in the postwar era used aluminum to manufacture highly prized artifacts. Zimring takes us on a tour of post-1940s design, examining the use of aluminum in cars, trucks, airplanes, furniture, and musical instruments from 1945 to 2015. By viewing upcycling through the lens of one material, Zimring deepens our understanding of the history of recycling in industrial society. He also provides a historical perspective on contemporary sustainable design practices. Along the way, he challenges common assumptions about upcyclinga€™s merits and adds a new dimension to recycling as a form of environmental absolution for the waste-related sins of the modern world. Raising fascinating questions of consumption, environment, and desire, Upcycling Aluminum is for anyone interested in industrial and environmental history, discard studies, engineering, product design, music history, or antiques.Friedrich Ostermann, a€œAluminum Materials for Vehicle Construction, a€ in his Aluminum Materials Technology for Automobile Construction, ... a€œAs Featured in a#39; The Birdsa#39;: Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead CoupAc, a€ Classic Driver, 29 April 2013. ... Michael Lamm, a€œOriginal Acura NS-X Buyera#39;s Guide: A Mid-Engined 182 Notes to Pages 92a€“96.

Title:Aluminum Upcycled
Author: Carl A. Zimring
Publisher:JHU Press - 2017-03-26

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