Waste Matters : Adaptive Reuse for Productive Landscapes book cover
1st Edition

Waste Matters
Adaptive Reuse for Productive Landscapes

Edited By

Nikole Bouchard

  • This format cannot be shipped to your selected country.
ISBN 9781138592360
Published December 22, 2020 by Routledge
256 Pages 85 Color & 15 B/W Illustrations

FREE Standard Shipping

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

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
Nikole Bouchard

Taking on the Tabula Scripta
Nikole Bouchard

Piece I:
The Creative Process and Productive Destruction

Nikole Bouchard

Assembling the Real Imaginary City
Dennis Maher

This Time: The Vanishing Work of Alibi Studio
Catie Newell

Reuse and Reclamation in Artistic Practice and Production
Olalekan Jeyifous

Piece II:
Anticipated Ruins and Latent Potentials
Nikole Bouchard

Green Infrastructure and Stranded Landscapes
Fionn Byrne

Landscape as Effect: Waste in Time
Sean Burkholder

Pre-Occupations: Building Foundations as Interchronic Landscapes
Sergio Lopez-Pineiro

Piece III:
Working with what Remains

Nikole Bouchard

Wandering Into and Wondering About (American) Spolia Contemporanei
Aleksandr Mergold

Generative Zoning: Mining the City Toward Novel Ecologies
Joyce Hwang

Collective Imagination: In Conversation with Maria Lisogorskaya of Assemble
Nikole Bouchard

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

View More



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.