The Materials Book

Don’t Forget the Leftovers: Stone floors made out of bits and pieces create beauty—and jobs Using waste is doubly good: it prevents the waste from becoming waste, and using it means you don’t need to consume new materials. In the 1920s, terrazzo floors made from leftover rocks from quarries became a common, cheaper alternative to stone floors. While they’ve become one of the most expensive flooring choices in Europe and the United States, in developing countries with high unemployment terrazzo is a viable option that creates jobs. 322 Example: Stone leftovers from the local quarry, seen in Avasara Academy, Pune, India Contributed by: Case Design, India