Ulïètu is a collection of panels reflecting the traumatic effect of Xylella Fastidiosa, one of the most dangerous plant-pathogenic bacteria worldwide which killed 21 million olive trees in Apulia, Southern Italy. According to the EU and Italian Commission Implementing Regulations of 14 August 2020, as regards measures to prevent the introduction into and the spread within the Union of Xylella Fastidiosa the trees must be immediately eradicated and passed through a chipping process. The wood chips will be finally burnt for an energetic consumption. Ulïètu aims at sustainable wood carcasses recovering avoiding combustion and taking advantage from the material residual properties in large-scale contexts which preserves what remains of Apulian olive trees, giving them a second chance of life.
Ulïètu drywall has a capacity of humidity absorption of 45%, due to the olive chips contained in it. These are also ideal in other situations, for example for ducting electrical and thermo-hydraulic systems, without necessarily having to intervene within the thickness of the wall itself, thus avoiding further increases in terms of costs for materials and labor. Ulïètu drywall is suitable for residential and commercial contexts, surrounding the environment of natural olive scents and patterns made casually by wood.
Olive woodchips (previously affected by Xylella Fastidiosa subsp. pauca), polymer binder
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