This project addresses material waste through the act of social upcycling, while proactively combatting socioeconomic issues in the city of Vancouver. Through the fluid relationships of a material bank, project lab, retail stores, and community interaction space — opportunities for innovation and problem solving will encourage zero-waste initiatives which promote local action with a global mindset. Throughout development (including Research, Implementation, Spatial Planning, Material & Furniture Selection, Millwork Design, Construction Drawings), it was made incredibly apparent that this is a facility which Vancouver lacks and can deeply benefit from. It also reaffirmed my commitment to sustainable design — pushing me to explore material life-spans in a cradle-to-cradle approach, rather than established, conventional cradle-to-grave procedures.
Completed with Thanks to: Mentor, Gerry Shinkewski, SSDG; Advisor, Darcy Keester, Upcycle Vancouver
Additional Readings, Research, Construction Drawings, and Documentation Available Upon Request