WASTED OPEN SOURCE REPORT: BLOCK, MACHINE, PROCESS DESIGNS

Want to build your own WASTED Laboratory? This report tells you what you need to know, while revealing new possibilities and value derived from plastic waste.

How do you turn plastic waste into a modular building block? What type of plastic do you use? What machines do you need to build? How does the process work exactly? Find out in the all-new Open Source Report.

STRAIGHT TO THE REPORT?

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IF YOU HAVE FEEDBACK…

We are happy to hear. Really. Contact us.

MORE INFO? KEEP READING TO LEARN ABOUT THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF OUR WASTED DESIGN JOURNEY

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WASTED is an initiative designed to address global plastic issues at the neighborhood level. The project is realized through a community Laboratory for small-scale plastic waste reprocessing in Amsterdam Noord.
 
As a multi-faceted, community inclusive re/upcycling scheme, the goal is for the WASTED Laboratory to be an engine of both material and social design, where new objects such as benches and flower planters are created by the community, for the community, together with designers and using locally recycled and reprocessed plastic waste.

OPEN SOURCE DESIGN

The WASTED Laboratory also exists to generate open sourced documents available for the world to use and build on. In this way, open sourcing WASTED designs gives everyone the opportunity to implement a WASTED Laboratory in their neighborhood, further advancing sustainable material design and (re)production on the local level.

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DESIGN PHASE ONE: INITIAL OPEN SOURCE REPORT

It all began in January 2015, when CITIES hosted the WASTED Design Club. Working together with architectural partners Overtreders W and Bureau SLA and three select material designers, this intensive weeklong session generated initial designs for the development of the WASTED Laboratory. Read a recap of Design Club here.

DESIGN PHASE TWO: UPDATED OPEN SOURCE REPORT

For the second design phase, we partnered with three talented designers: Alessandro Iadarola, Bob Vos and Stijn van Kervel. Read more on designers here. In the months following the Design Club, these WASTED Designers turned blueprints, drawings, plans and assumptions into reality.

Since June 2015, the WASTED Laboratory has been fully functional – set-up with self-made machines, hosting design workshops, education lessons and producing WASTED Blocks.

How did we do it? Find out in the updated WASTED Open Source Report, written by CITIES’ Communications Coordinator, Mehdi Comeau:

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IT DOES NOT STOP HERE
 
We are happy to share this report with you, showing how we turned an idea into a more circular and sustainable urban waste management scheme that works together with local community to produce new objects using new material. WASTED also stimulates a form of waste-based currency that offers discounts and experiences to participants, but that is another story.

Showing you what we did, we hope you can use our designs for projects in your own neighborhood. What we have done works for us: the WASTED Laboratory is here, we’re collecting plastic, we’re making Blocks, we’re running the Education Package and more, but challenges still exist.

WILL YOU ADVANCE DESIGN?
 
Do you see how WASTED designs can be improved?
Do you envision a better way to connect Blocks for building objects?
Do you want to implement WASTED in your neighborhood?
Would you like to write about the project?
Are you interested in participating in an all-new WASTED design phase?

We are happy to hear your feedback, requests and ideas. Contact us.

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Text: Mehdi Comeau

Created on 25 August 2015

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