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MOVING WITH
MICROFIBRES


DESIGN RESEARCH // 2020 





This project traces microfibres as it flows through and becomes the natural world. In recent history clothing has become a key conversation point in discussions around the anthropscene and microfibres part of this narrative.

The project uses the tools in the architects disposal to investigate the global implications of industrialising the production of clothing and how this led to the culture of hyper-consumerism since the late 60s when polyester was commercialised.

The project is a interogates the architectural framework that allows makes fast fashion possible and posits an alternative that challenges the distrution nodes and the apparel retail spaces could be transformed to mitigate the production of microfibres.

How did we get to the point where all drinkable water, edible food, and the air we breathe has been colonised by microfibres carrying contaminants it's exposed to: from pathogenic chemicals to microbial bacteria? How did our clothes become part of our biology, ingesting microfibres that diffuse into our bodies going through the lymphatic system and into the liver and gall bladder and while we’ve been lead to believe the exposure to this is negligible in the human body.

The real threat isn’t direct exposure to microfibres and the other associated chemicals, but the chronic accumulative exposure animal life has with microfibres. Sealife that consumes these pollutants makes its way up the food chain with exponential toxicities levels. These microfibres have been present in our world since of the invention of synthetic fibres and most notably polyester which has been used for commercial textiles.

As clothing technology develops and our relationship to clothing changes. We need to realise that our habits are detrimental to the environment and that synthetic clothing has a long-lasting presence well after we are dead.




TUTORS: ALON SCHWABE, DANIEL FERNÁNDEZ PASCUAL - COOKING SECTIONS 
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