WASTED times Noord
WASTED challenges you to immerse into plastic, paper, glass and textiles waste and start looking at your ‘trash’ with an innovative look


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BankGiro Loterji, Patagonia and Gemeente Amsterdam
WASTED dreams big. One of its goals is to be an engine of both material and social design, where the social benefits of local neighborhood activation coincide with and enforce the aim of setting new sustainable standards for product design. To achieve this goal, WASTED hosts design and co-creation workshops for the neighborhood, where local waste is reprocessed into new sustainable materials and products for the community. WASTED is made possible by working with the local community and businesses to collect and reprocess waste, while also collaborating with designers to co-create new materials from textile, glass, and paper in addition to plastics.

The well-developed connection with local sustainable design professionals and pioneers now deserves a moment of attention. WASTED made a plan to connect its community with designers, working with local waste, and forward-looking organizations to achieve the goal of - through social co-creation - developing collective action in recycled innovation, art, and design.

WASTED believes that art not only has an aesthetic value but also an intrinsic social one that can be used to strengthen a community. Art and design can illuminate our lives, enrich our emotional world, yet simultaneously have a measurable impact on our economy, sense of community and education. Art can connect, bring people together, and expose fundamental underlying assumptions and questions. Questions such as what is defined as normal, how do people perceive current societal issues? In this sense, art can offer different perspectives to new and existing audiences. It can help us generate societal change.

Social Practice is an art medium which incorporates changes and transitions in society as the foundations for projects. Artists use their experience and imagination to analyze and research current embedded processes. Together with a community, the artists change the relation between creator, public, the artwork and other stakeholders in order to generate a new perspective. Art becomes a game-changer in the transition towards a new societal establishment. The artists engage and think outside of the box and are actively influencing and participating within society.

WASTED is built upon the concept of Social Practice. Aiming to build a new recycling culture in Amsterdam Noord in which the recycling of waste becomes the standard rather than the exception, we are generating a societal change. Experimental design will be instrumental in this process. During WASTED workshops with local designers, we can create new materials from paper, plastic, glass and textile waste. In this space we create an environment in which designers and neighbors can engage in social practice together. The WASTED designer workshops enable sharing; from information about design logic and processes to providing opportunities for feedback, which can be utilized to improve the implementation of waste upcycling schemes. Through the facilitation between people, WASTED builds on, pushing new social, material and economic design at the local level. The workshops cultivate new sustainable standards and practices while hosting co-creation workshops that generate new, up-cycled objects by and for the neighborhood. For this specific project, these workshops will focus on plastic, paper, textile, and glass waste as a source of materials. Together with our WASTED neighbors, the designers will co-create prototypes made from these 4 types of waste.

As we work through a process of co-creation, the outcome of design sessions is dependent on the participants and their ideas. The main premise of the final designs is that they are objects or products that are used/seen in our daily lives. This is important in order to establish a relationship between design, participant and their perception of waste. Creating a visible or much-used product enables participants to see and learn that waste is not merely waste, but rather a valuable resource and can be used to enrich our daily lives. Previous experiences that WASTED has in co-creational workshops have shown that neighbors participate enthusiastically and contribute to the outcome of the design.

We have asked our designers to set up the structure for the workshops that they will host. This means the workshops will differ stylistically, but share the same premise. Each workshop will be a true learning experience, comprising information sharing and participation in brainstorming for the co-creation process and the production of the final design prototype.
Together with the sustainable design innovators including Nienke Hoogvliet (textile-paper-organic); Polimeer (plastic), Klass Kuiken (glass), Brightloops (textile) and Wooja Lee (paper), CITIES Foundation will give an overview of the status of recycling in The Netherlands and in Amsterdam Noord, as well as more general background information. For all streams, WASTED will discuss and ask participants how they recycle and what they recycle; what are their perceptions on recycling. The aim is to give people insight as to how they can improve the recycling rates and allow them to think of how much participants actually ‘waste’.
After introducing themselves, the designers will elaborate on the role of waste in their design and artistic process; how do they re-use waste within their work and how has waste influenced the way they see design. All shall be revealed!

All workshops will take place in Amsterdam Noord. The first workshop will take place in Modestraat on November 24th together with textile innovators Brightloops. Next workshop is at Vrouwenbaazar on December 12th, together with glass transformer Klaaskuiken. On the December 15th WASTED hosts a party at Chateau (Gedempt Hamerkanaal 139) where the number of workshops that will take place will be confirmed very soon. Yet there are more workshops to come.

If you are interested in design workshops with the local designers and you want to know which you can participate, please send an e-mail to with a request for further information.

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