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RAPID RE(F)USE:
WASTE TO RESOURCE CITY 2120

Credits:  Mitchell Joachim, Maria
Aiolova, Melanie Fessel, Emily
Johnson, Ian Slover, Philip Weller,
Zachary Aders, Webb Allen, Niloufar
Karimzadegan, Lauren Sarafan

New York City is disposing of 38,000
tons of waste per day.  Most of this
discarded material ended up in Fresh
Kills landfill before it closed.  The
Rapid Re(f)use project supposes an
extended New York reconstituted
from its own landfill material.  Our
concept remakes the city by utilizing
the trash at Fresh Kills.  With our
method, we can remake seven
entirely new Manhattan islands at full
scale.  Automated robot 3d printers
are modified to process trash and
complete this task within decades.  
These robots are based on existing
techniques commonly found in
industrial waste compaction devices.  
Instead of machines that crush
objects into cubes, these devices
have jaws that make simple shape
grammars for assembly.  Different
materials serve specified purposes;
plastic for fenestration, organic
compounds for temporary scaffolds,
metals for primary structures, and
etc.  Eventually, the future city makes
no distinction between waste and
supply.
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