Architects spend upward of $200K on facades they never use. Here’s a creative way to repurpose them

Read the full story at Fast Company.

Before large and complicated buildings are built, they get tested. Small sections of complicated facades and unconventional design approaches are often built at full scale to test their visual or structural integrity. Known as architectural mockups, these 10- or 20-foot sample walls and corners are built to make sure that, once constructed at full height, the facades won’t fail and the buildings won’t crumble.

But like snippets of architectural DNA in some oversize laboratory, after they’ve been tested and proved stable, these architectural mockups are thrown away.

Through a new project, one of these building chunks will become part of a new structure in a New York City community garden.

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