After lots of thinking and discussion, I came up with the conclusion that wax is good for nothing but candles. Although my wax tiles are so beautiful and could be actually used (in more cold climates where wax does not melt!), they are unfortunately not applicable in an extremely hot climate of Las Lomas. So I think that it would not make sense to build a wax factory there.
INSTEAD, I would like to propose a clothing/textile/fashion factory. This kind of factory would be more useful and I think that women of Las Lomas would be happy to have such a facility, where they can make things and be creative. Also program GARDEN-RADIO-TEXTILE makes more sense to me as my inspiration are moving gardens, fashion, and clothing. And after visiting radio station in College Station, I believe it would be fun for the community of Las Lomas to have a cool radio station.
To start thinking about new building typology that would contain a program of wax production/radio station/community garden place, I did a little research. Here are projects and ideas that I liked and were interesting to me.
The idea of MOVEMENT is very interesting. Dynamics is essential part of our live and it is natural to any aspect, any process of our planet Earth, which is constantly moving.
Denmark Pavilion for 2010 Shanghai Expo by BIG. The pavilion is designed, as a piece of Copenhagen’s bicycle track. This suggests constant movement inside the pavilion.
Patric Blanc for Jean Paul Gaultier’s fashion show in 2002. No longer flat, the idea of designing a garden for vertical, undulating and moving surfaces is very intriguing. Movement is a nature of a human body. Movement inside the garden? Or maybe a moving garden?
Also the idea of MODULE, SEGMENT, MOLECULE, BLOCK interest me.
Archigram’s capsule and project by OLGGA Architect made of recycled containers.
Patchwork and layering are techniques that use same idea of a module. At the same time, garments that are constructed by means of patchwork or layering accommodate dynamics of a human body.
Aeroponics is the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment without the use of soil or an aggregate medium (known as geoponics). Unlike hydroponics, which uses water as a growing medium and essential minerals to sustain plant growth, aeroponics is conducted without a growing medium. However, because water is used in aeroponics to transmit nutrients, it is sometimes considered a type of hydroponics.
The aeroponic system is probably the most high-tech type of hydroponic gardening. The roots hang in the air and are misted with nutrient solution usually every few minutes. Because the roots are exposed to the air they will dry out rapidly if the misting cycles are interrupted. A timer controls the nutrient pump much like other types of hydroponic systems, except the aeroponic system needs a short cycle timer that runs the pump for a few seconds every couple of minute.
Plants can be grown indoors with LED lighting, without pesticides. Aeroponics produce requires less than 10% of the water consumed by conventional agriculture. Due to the disease-free environment that is unique to aeroponics, many plants can grow at higher density (plants per sq meter) when compared to more traditional forms of cultivation
This technique is being researched, developed and implemented in Brisbane (Australia), Toronto (Canada), Tokyo (Japan) and Singapore.
The wax tiles are easy to make using milk carton as a mold and cheap wax paraffin. These tiles also could be used as window insulation. To improve the properties of paraffin, I was experimenting with adding different natural materials that could be easily obtained such as leafs, pebbles, straw, etc.
I was experimenting with wax using bottles, cans and other containers that are usually go straight to the rubbish bin as a mold.
This could be a very nice tile, which could also be implemented as insulation.
For the past week I have been researching, exploring and testing different types of wax and wax techniques. It is a unique material and it appears to me that it does not have a broad spectrum of usage. There are natural types of wax, such as beeswax, candelilla wax, carnauba wax, animal wax as well as non-natural, such as petrochemical product – paraffin. The idea behind this mini-project is to create something that is either useful, or beautiful, or both.
I have started with exploration of properties of wax. I purchased a 1 lb. box of paraffin in the local store. Since the paraffin was colourless, I thought it would be interesting to add some colour to it. I found an old box of crayons in my house and used them together with the wax. To melt it, I was using a double boiler. While researching wax properties, I found out that the pot, which is used to melt the wax in cannot be used for cooking anymore. So I had an idea, since I was collecting all the bottles, cans and other containers to be used later for the studio project, the old aluminum can was perfect to melt my paraffin. I placed wax cubes in the can and placed the can inside the pot with boiling water. Because typical melting point is between about 47 °C and 64 °C, it started to melt quickly.
Also, for the mold I thought that a milk carton will be useful since it is waxy inside.
I cut the box in half and used both top and bottom.
I thought it would be interesting to see how the wax would form itself when dipped on the inclined surface. However, I found out curious thing. The wax would fill the little plastic hole with the cap on top.
Could this be useful??? Could this effect be used somewhere else???
I put some dry lavender flowers while the paraffin was hot and when it hardened, the wax smelled very nice and I like the idea of something inside the wax.