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Cornell - Option Studio Sexy Trash, Urban Mining

New York, United States

Sexy Trash; Urban Mining
MISSION: TO FIND A SUSTAINABLE AND EXECUTABLE ECO SOLUTION TO SOLVE THE EPIC URBAN RESOURCES / WASTE PROBLEM WE FACE TODAY BY USING TRASH UPCYCLING TECHNOLOGY

MINIWIZ has a rich history of academic collaborate+ons, starting with Tunghai University and National Chiao Tung University. In the Fall of 2011, MINIWIZ co-sponsored Harvard’s Graduate School of Design Program: Life Cycle Design. Now with even more advanced, even more hands-on, even trashier, even sexier, MINIWIZ teams up with Cornell University. With Cornell’s best students, the focus of Sexy Trash Urban Mining, co-taught by Arthur Huang and Ivan Perez-Rossello, is to introduce early on to the future architects on post-consumer resources that will be readily available as a material source for future generations to come. As humanity continues to expend through our limited virgin resources, MINIWIZ mentors future Cornell graduates on how post-consumer plastics and biomimicry designs are great alternatives to traditional building materials whilst doubling to achieve a reduction in carbon footprint. During the course of the semester, students will be challenged to approach the design frontier through subsequent projects.

Excerpt from Course Syllabus:
SEXY TRASH BRIDGE
The objective of the course project is to create a minimal spatial structural system with at least 50 identical structural components. Students will be given a set of points, lines and planes made from 100% urban trash resources as the basis for an original structural composition (material supplied by MINIWIZ).
Points = 100% Recycled ABS polymer solid pallets (made from consumer electronics such as iphones and blackberries)
Lines = 100% Recycled PET yarn reinforced by rice husk silicon-dioxide (made from water bottles)
Planes = 100% Recycled PC translucent boards with various thickness reinforced by rice husk silicon dioxide (made from DVD, CD and other translucent electronic casings)

By studying and observing these new material properties, students are asked to build a bridge structure

100% TRASH / 0% VIRGIN
After years of research on carbon reduction solutions, MINIWIZ (Minimizing carbon footprint by consuming Waste) has developed a set of materials made from 100% modern large-scale waste products from food production, drinks packaging and electronic components. For example, food waste is re-engineered into organic nano additive that strengthens the intrinsically weak material bonds in post-consumer recycled PP and PET polymer made from packaging waste, higher performance polymers like ABS, PC and precious metals from electronic waste are transformed into fire-resistant grade building surface composited with organic fiber additive of rice and wheat husks.<

For more information:
Faculty Profile - Iván Perez-Rosselló
Faculty Profile - Arthur Huang