In architecture we are so caught up in creating something new, we often forget about what happens at the end of a building’s life cycle—the unfortunate, inevitable demolition. We may want our buildings to be timeless and live on forever, but the harsh reality is that they do not, so where is all the waste expected to go?
Biodegradable architecture explores the possibility of building technology that enables convenient solutions. For instance, biodegradable architecture could explore a housing typology that has a life cycle appropriate to its users, as well as to its environment; it allows for as minimal impact as possible in the [re]design of the landscape.
Biodegradable architecture suggests simultaneously both construction and demolition. The concept of biodegradable when applied to architecture becomes a manifestation of the interrelationship between architecture, landscape, and decay. Something that is biodegradable breaks down or decays naturally without any special scientific treatment, and can therefore be thrown away without causing pollution.