Rethinks and upcycles what the people throw away. A testament to global sameness and affluenza induced conduct, the Babel Waste Capital up-cycles what the city throws away. Styrofoam packaging is collected from the neighborhood and erected as a tower in a few short hours. This sculpture represents an extension of a city reconstituted from its own refuse materials. The star form represents a single 30 second flash of Styrofoam e-waste produced in New York City from packaging materials for new refrigerators, microwave ovens, speakers, vacuum cleaners, and other electrical appliances. Our city disposes of heavy volumes of consumer e-waste daily. Styrofoam packaging was collected from local neighborhoods and transformed into a didactic installation. LOCATION: Metropolitcan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue, 82nd Street New York, NY 10028 MEDIUM: Upcycled styrofoam DIMENSIONS: 13’x13’x10’
Vivian Kuan is Executive Director of Terreform ONE, a non-profit architecture and urban design think tank focused on ecological design solutions for cities. Terreform ONE [Open Network Ecology] is a nonprofit architecture and urban design research group. The work they do endeavours to combat the extinction of all planetary species through pioneering acts of design. Their projects aim to illuminate the environmental possibilities of habitats, cities and landscapes across the globe.
Terreform ONE operates as an interdisciplinary lab of specialists advancing the practice of socio-ecological design. The group cultivates resilience through innovations in building, transportation, infrastructure, water, food, waste treatment, air quality, and energy.
Their collaborative process includes speculating about the ways in which emerging technologies will impact future urban generations and local biodiversity. As an organization we strive to develop inclusive spaces and systems that manifest environmental and social justice for all beings
Terreform ONE’s has a summer education program at ONE Lab Summer Studio.
Vivian Kuan was on the CODAhorizon’s Art + Sustainability panel June 2021.