ARCH 586 | Winter + Spring Studio | Terminal Studio
RE/THREAD brings an awareness to the un-sustainability of producing new clothes in today’s culture. With water resources depleting and millions of tons of waste sent off to landfills, a new way to develop fabric needs to be implemented. Researchers are already trying to develop new ways to reuse fibers from clothes, RE/THREAD gives them a place to share it. By using the resources and materials that are already available, the program strives to make it accepted in everyday practice. By combining all the manufacturing steps into one space, it allows the knowledge and creativity that resides in the workers to be shared with the community.
Taking old clothing and turn it into fiber to be used in the making of new textiles. This uses 98% less water in the production of cotton. It gives post-consumer and post-industrial waste a second use without adding additional waste. By relying on goods that already exist, it reduces the pressure on virgin resources. With recycling, there are 80% less greenhouse gas emissions from the machinery used to harvest the raw materials. Plastic from polyurethane does not make its way to the oceans. Because the fibers are engineered they can be customized to achieve specific performance capabilities. This means stronger materials that last longer.
The mill supports the surrounding program within the building. These include the donation center, research, classrooms, workshop, and retail.
The Troy Laundry building was built in 1913. It takes up two Portland blocks with an empty parking lot on the north side. This is the location of the new processing center for RE/THREAD, a place for the community to watch the process of making new fabric. The first floor contains a processing center, retail, donation center, and offices. The existing mezzanine is opened up to connecting the existing structure and new addition. The exterior wall on the west elevation is pushed back to create an outdoor plaza and new entrance