Waste Alchemist is a project that tackles the issue of e-waste in Barcelona. E-waste or electronic waste is created when an electronic product is discarded after the end of its useful life. The rapid expansion of technology means we are creating a very large amount of e-waste every passing minute. The way that the city manages e-waste by picking up at the green point and only 10% of e-waste recycled and the rest export to the developing country.

If waste as the resource, can we rethink for upcycling as the world run out of resource? So Waste Alchemist concerns the benefit of the upcycle to turn the trash to valuable as energy. The ambitious goal of the project is not only managed E-waste but also to turn metal in E-waste (silicon) to the solar panel that there are 2 technologies, it is silicon solar that will use on the rooftop and facade. Moreover, there is research to prove that silicon from E-waste can transform into nanowire that uses for transparent solar that will bring the idea of the solar city come closer. However, achieving the goal is not easy as the city has to deal with the challenge for the pollution so E-waste in transition is a very important stage. From pollution to resources, the ability to manage E-waste has many factors to consider such as the understanding of citizens, technology that allow it to be
in the city. Consequently, the project has 3 aspects to concern following the environmental issue, social issue, an economic issue.






Waste Alchemist: Urban planner tool is a project of IAAC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed at Master in City and Technology, workshop in 2019/2020 by Students: Pawitra Bureerak and Faculty: Alex Mademochoritis, Eugenio Bettuchi, Rodrigo Aguirre, Iacopo Neri