Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Chinese History Museum made from recycled materials

It never ceases to amaze me how creative impoverished nations have become when it comes to reusing materials and saving natural resources and energy.

Thai monks are building temples from used beer bottles, to Indian artists reusing e-waste, to Chinese architects recycling old bricks to design this beautiful History Museum in Ningbo.

Built with a nod to local building practices and to the archeological finds it contains, the museum's facade is constructed of recycled brick from the area, a ravaged patch of former farmland turned development district on the outskirts of the booming southern city of Ningbo.

It only makes me wonder, when will Americans catch up to this trend. Or will we be left behind?

More pics and info on the museum

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