From Field to Form is a series of events exploring the possibilities, life cycles, and architectural implications of plant- and earth-based materials.
What if regenerative local agriculture was connected with building healthier homes? With new incentives to grow hemp in the US, there is an opportunity to shift from a reliance on fossil fuels to an agricultural system that supports the production of building materials and a range of other products. Producing hemp-based building materials will create new jobs in manufacturing and construction. These new value chains for agrarian communities will produce the feedstock for constructing carbon-sequestering, healthier, affordable buildings.
Building products made from industrial hemp, lime, and water have a range of valuable characteristics, including energy efficiency, fire resistance, mold resistance, lightness, and the regulation of indoor climate and humidity. HempLime products absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and are recyclable and biodegradable after use. They support a zero-waste economy and they can last centuries. Hemp is a superfood for the building industry.
This program convenes critical voices from across the hemp ecosystem to investigate how new design approaches and building with hemp can be a viable, healthy alternative for design and construction in the United States.
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