Auckland: the City of Scavengers

The notion of accumulating waste seems to be the norm in the toxic cycles of overproduction. Architecture needs to quickly become more an agency of activism in regards to environmental and sustainable construction. To lessen our impact on the global stage, construction-wise, we need to use what exists to create what is to be our future — focusing on what we have rather than what is out there, the possibility that we may find contentment within a circular economy. How can waste be used as sustainable material to transform a self-sufficient urban journey?

In an…


‘The realm of using what exists, to create what is to be.”

How can waste be used as sustainable material to transform a self-sufficient urban journey?

My study seeks to identify an architectural response to New Zealand’s growing problem of ‘unsustainable’ waste. Linking the marginalised to the mainstream. Helping society to find a ‘place’, to work as one may be the solution to lessen our negative impact on the environmental world.

Collage map.

“The Realm of Sustainability & Archipelagos”

Map of issues surrounding the ideas of sustainability. …


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The realm of, using what exists to create what is to be. How can waste be used as sustainable material to transform a self-sufficient urban journey?

My study seeks to identify an architectural response to New Zealand’s growing problem of ‘unsustainable’ waste. Linking the marginalised to the mainstream. Helping society find a ‘place’ and work as one may reduce our negative impact on the environmental world.

Texts:

Dr Alan Marshall. Ecotopia 2121: A Vision For Our Future Green Utopia-in 100 Cities. First Edition. New York: Arcade Publishing, 2016.

Included in this book, Dr Alan Marshall has a narrative for 100…


“plastiglomerates

Plastics only started appearing in the 1950s, with production and disposal rates increasing steadily over the last 60 years. With crazy low recovery rates, plastic debris is accumulating in our waterways and along shorelines in massive quantities.

Researchers working in Kamilo Beach on the southeastern tip of the Big Island of Hawaii report a new stone formed through the intermingling of melted plastic, beach sand, basaltic lava fragments, and organic debris like seashells.

When the plastic melts, it cements rock fragments, sand, and shell debris together, or the plastic can flow into larger rocks and fill in cracks and…


To create an urban journey of transformation through circular economy what waste do I have to work with?

A mini-series of models with typical examples of reuse of construction waste.


Using formwork to bridge links between Construction waste and Household waste.

Introducing ‘Fantasy Wasteland’ a dystopian landscape making use of the unusable.


Historic landfill sites are places where records of waste buried are now closed, meaning there is no Pollution Prevention and Control Permit or waste management licence currently in force.


Finding a site…

What if there was a place in the centre of town? An hour drive from home? in the city? around the corner from the dairy? out in the ocean? across the road from work? 10 mins down the road? out in the lake? 3km away from the coast? Up in the mountains? On the highway?…

An island ‘spaces’ in the centre of the suburbs where the common idea of sustainable self-sufficient living occurs.


ISC developed the following elements of a sustainable community in 1995 (which were adopted by the President’s Commission on Sustainable Development in 1997):

Caitlín Herring

Fifth-year Thesis student at The University of Auckland. Masters of Architecture (Prof)

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