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Class of 21 - The Royal Academy Of Art, The Hague

Neo Stone age — domesticating limestone

Calcium carbonate is a common material widely spread on Earth and it has various applications in our life. I attempt to reintroduce "limescale" as a promising material to build and live with. I research how to reconfigure limescale and focus on creating "geopolymers" with a chemical process.

Neo Stone Age - domesticating limestone

One of the forms of calcium carbonate is "limescale", a matter we produce in our water softening processes yet is often overlooked and discarded. In my research, I attempt to reintroduce limescale as a promising material to build and live with. I research how to reconfigure limescale and focus on creating "geopolymers", a chemical process to bind inorganic materials together. Based on the material research, I speculate what a "neo stone age" would look like, and how this harvesting and production method could be integrated into the city, and change both our interiors and exteriors. Can we become Earth dwellers in this domesticated landscape?

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About Erco Lai

Running own studio, ercoffice, since 2015.
An industrious designer who focuses on product design. He graduated in 2021 at KABK, Den Haag with a keen perspective on materials and fabrications. Interesting in combining cultural layers with design and eager to image what future manufacturing can be.