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CITY AND REFUSE SELF-RELIANT SYSTEMS AND URBAN TERRAINS

Mitchell Joachim

What is the key objective for ecological cities? A primary assertion for the city to come is that all necessities are provided from inside its physical borders. In this intensified version, all vital commodities for its population are provided by the city itself. In this city, food, water, air quality, energy, waste, mobility, and shelter are radically restructured to support life in every form. Infrastructure is celebrated as the new centre of the city. This strategy includes the replacement of dilapidated structures with vertical agriculture and the merging of housing with road networks. Former streets become snaking arteries of liveable spaces embedded with renewable energy sources, soft cushionbased vehicles, and productive green rooms. The former street grid provides the foundation for up-to-the-minute networks: by re-engineering the obsolete streets, we can install radically robust and ecologically active smart pathways. These considerations are not just about a comprehensive model of tomorrow’s city, but are meant to provide an initial platform for discourse. Urban designers must expect that the future will necessitate marvellous dwellings to be coupled with a massive cyclical resource net.

RAPID RE(F)USE, 3D FABRICATED POSITIVE WASTE ECOLOGIES

In this context, imagine our colossal municipal landfills turning into sensible resource sheds to build our future urban and peri-urban spaces. Now that the bulk of humanity has chosen to settle in urbanized areas, waste management needs a radical revision. What kind of effort is required to reuse the landfill’s bountiful contents? For hundreds of years we designed cities to generate waste. Now it is time that we begin to design waste to regenerate our cities. What are the possibilities for urban environments when our aged infrastructure has been recalibrated? How might urban intensification and waste mix? Terreform ONE’s supposition is to reallocate resource streams to flow in a positive direction.1 In this case, waste is not faintly recycled through infrastructural mechanisms but instead up-cycled in perpetuity. America is the lead creator of waste on the earth, making approximately 30% of the world’s trash and tossing out 0.72 tons per US citizen per year.2 Ungracefully, our American value system is somewhat distressed. It seems that value has devolved into rampant waste production: mega-­products scaled for super-sized franchise brands, big-box retail, XXL jumbo

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Building from waste  

This book provides a conceptual and practical look into materials and products which use waste as a renewable resource for architectural, in...

Building from waste  

This book provides a conceptual and practical look into materials and products which use waste as a renewable resource for architectural, in...

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