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Transforming Urban Planning With Discarded Airplane Parts

December 20, 2013
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Transforming Urban Planning With Discarded Airplane Parts
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These architecture students are thinking outside the fuselage.

When Ball State’s architecture grad students learned that commercial airplanes have around six million parts, they saw six million opportunities to transform urban planning. Professor Harry Eggink created a virtual “playground for an architect’s imagination,” giving his students a chance to use digital diagrams to get creative without worrying about costs. They designed bus stops and apartment complexes from the would-be waste. Next up: disaster shelters, emergency relief huts and much more, all from retired aircraft pieces.

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