For thousands of years humans have experimented with various methods of waste disposal—from burning and burying to simply packing up and moving in search of an unscathed environment. Habits of disposal are deeply ingrained in our daily lives, so casual and continual that we rarely ever stop to ponder the big-picture effects on social, spatial and ecological orders. Rethinking the ways in which we produce, collect, discard and reuse our waste, whether it’s materials, spaces or places, is essential to ensure a more feasible future. Waste Matters: Adaptive Reuse for Productive Landscapes presents a series of historical and contemporary design ideas that reimagine a range of repurposed materials at diverse scales and in various contexts by exploring methods of hacking, disassembly, reassembly, recycling, adaptive reuse and preservation of the built environment. Waste Matters will inspire designers to sample and rearrange bits of artifacts from the past and present to produce culturally relevant and ecologically sensitive materials, objects, architecture and environments.
Table of Contents
Syncretistic Speculations on Waste
Taking on the Tabula Scripta
The Creative Process and Productive Destruction
Assembling the Real Imaginary City
This Time: The Vanishing Work of Alibi Studio
Reuse and Reclamation in Artistic Practice and Production
Anticipated Ruins and Latent Potentials
Green Infrastructure and Stranded Landscapes
Landscape as Effect: Waste in Time
Pre-Occupations: Building Foundations as Interchronic Landscapes
Working with what Remains
Wandering Into and Wondering About (American) Spolia Contemporanei
Generative Zoning: Mining the City Toward Novel Ecologies
Collective Imagination: In Conversation with Maria Lisogorskaya of Assemble
Atlas of Afterlives: The Everlasting (Im)permanence of Things
Nikole Bouchard and Amanda Golemba
A Passion for Slow Fashion: In Conversation with ace & jig
Nikole Bouchard’s interdisciplinary research and design work straddles the space between art, architecture and landscape to discover ideas that stimulate ecologically sensitive and culturally relevant design interventions.
She is an associate professor in the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and a critic in the School of Architecture at Yale University.