Hundreds of tons of waste is produced in San Francisco every day. Could this garbage represent an invaluable resource—if only we could rethink its design and purpose?
In this hands-on workshop, led by Felix Heisel and Marta H. Wisniewska of ETH Zurich, participants investigate the concept of upcycling and develop strategies to minimize the overall refuse produced. At the end of the day, a prize will be awarded to the proposal that most successfully offers second life cycles for what would otherwise become trash.
9:00 am doors open
9:30 am workshop begins
12:00 pm lunch (provided)
2:00 pm presentations
3:00 pm winners announced
Waste Not: Exploring Alternative Building Materials
April 21, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Can waste have a second life as sustainable building material?
Building from Waste Exhibit
April 21 – 25, 2015
A showcase of more than 20 different materials produced from waste including plastic bottles, old jeans, and used newspapers.
Felix Heisel is a Teaching Assistant and Researcher at Assistant Professorship for Architecture and Construction Dirk E. Hebel at ETH Zurich and the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore. Preceding this position, he was the coordinator for the 3rd year architecture program at the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Heisel recently published Building from Waste: Recovered Materials in Architecture and Construction (2014, Birkhäuser), and has contributed to numerous magazines and books. He has won several prizes including the Ministry of Education (MOE) Innovation Grant (2014), the SMART Innovation Grant Singapore (2013), and the Bauhaus.SOLAR Award (2012). His interest in Ethiopia’s urban growth resulted in the making of Spaces, a collection of six documentaries on space appropriation in Addis Ababa.
Prior to ETH Zurich, she was a lecturer and 1st year architectural program coordinator at the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development in Addis Ababa. In 2011, the EiABC Student Council recognized her commitment with a ‘Best Teaching’ award.
In 2014, Wisniewska published Building from Waste: Recovered Materials in Architecture and Construction (2014, Birkhäuser, together with Dirk E. Hebel and Felix Heisel), based on her research.
Photo: Myleen Hollero