(Where does it come from? – Where does it go?)
Fab Lab Design Strategies
Master’s in City and Technology 2016-17
Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
Barcelona, Spain
Tutors: Tomas Diez & Mathilde Marengo
Students: Peng Wang & Pratyaksh Sharma

During this course we learn a new and broader way to see the problems occurring in the current world scenarios and bring in down to a scale where it be tackled and how beneficial it will be for the society. We decided to take up WASTE and tried to see it from a new perspective by not going after the problem but try to understand it and then see solutions through it.
After going through the topic of waste and its management we were to understand the core structure of waste production. So, we finally narrowed down to the journey of waste and not waste as a cycle or system which gave us two questions to cater i.e, Where does it come from? and Where does it go?
Looking at our current tendency to produce waste and look for centrally planned solutions to our waste problems are holding us back from creating a world without waste.

With this question in mind, ” Do we actually have a problem with the path that we are on?”
We usually don’t think about it. But to think about it, the amount of waste is not only increasing but getting more complex as well on top of which we create systems to improve and solve it with strategies and plannings yet the problem never goes away.

Then we finally decided to look at the most produced waste materials in Barcelona and Poblenou and take upon them and try to create a better system of segregation of waste collection starting with plastic and paper. Keeping in mind that the system of waste is corrupt not because of the system but us as individuals as we do not segregate the waste ourselves. So, as to how to en-route this habit of proper waste segregation into individual daily life system. We came up with an incentive system for waste segregation targeting the users of the city to be the prime participants of the city on to the road of waste free society.

Considering the in-built human system for doing things and enabling new systems into their daily lives were being incentives. We tried to mesh-up the incentive systems with waste. As, each true segregation would be rewarded.

With the clearer and proper segregation half of the waste problems gets solved as the waste materials with proper segregation can be recycled and reused in a better and more harmless way improving not just the society but the ecosystem and environment of earth as whole. And these waste materials can be recycled and reused without further productions of materials ultimately causing into more waste.

By this there comes an addition of another R to the famous 3 R’s in the waste world respectively Reduce, Reuse and Recycle along with the addition of the 4th R which is Responsibility. We also came up with a prototype which could be installed starting at the points in Barcelona and later could grow across the city and further more. Hence, with it could become a starting point to the thought of a world without waste.


Waste – Fab Lab Design Strategies (Pratyaksh and Peng)