WASTELAND


UNIT_K THEME 2018/19

Throughout the 20th Century, technology has served as a tool for social change and as a means for the liberation of people.
These advances brought with them the ability to mass produce to sustain a rapidly growing population. However, mass production without proper planning has the inevitable side effect of mass
waste. This comes in many forms: consumerism’s ‘throwaway culture’, building waste from our expanding towns and cities, the discarded by-products of commerce and industry. Fuelled by the advances in technology this broken cycle has brought with it problems that generations ahead of us will have to deal with.
But Unit K does not subscribe to a ‘doom and gloom’ approach - we look to technology and creativity to solve these issues. We’ll be looking at changes in peoples relationship to production,
consumption and the resulting waste at varying scales. Avoiding green-washing clichés and inspired by the beliefs of innovators such as Douglas McMaster:

“Waste is a failure of the imagination



We ask:
...could advances in technology and rethinking relationships to waste give rise to a post-urban, waste free, community driven society?

Previously consigned to the dream-like pages of futurologists texts - we find ourselves with an opportunity to ask how ideas of post-waste, post-capital and post-scarcity will influence a very
real situation in this country.
 



“Pollution is nothing but the
resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to be dispersed
because we’ve been ignorant of their value. ”

Buckminster Fuller



WILL - 

UNIT LEADER

Architect - FISHER AND BELL (FAB)


MIKE -

UNIT TUTOR

Architect - FISHER AND BELL  (FAB)


GRAHAM -

TECH TUTOR

Architect - STUDIO MUTT