“Look at this forest, Mr Quid. Their plants and animals produce far more waste each year of which we would be able to produce. Not only mountains of leaves, flowers, feathers, but also all kinds of substances that we imagine that belong to our civilization: perfumes, insecticides, dyes, poisons … And yet nothing is accumulated. The tree, for example, lives in the middle of its own waste without becoming intoxicated by it. The forest has solved the problem in a very simple way,it practices a cyclical economy: the waste of some, serve for the subsistence of others. The forest ignores the concept of garbage …
Los residuos urbanos. Un problema Global” Equipo la Vola. Vic
SHOULD WE RECYCLE?
If we stop and think about the waste produced in the metropolitan areas around the world and realize the amounts as well, we conclude rather fast that there´s no available space in the cities to deploy recycling plants. Furthermore, we are unaware of their destination because we don´t physically observe the waste accumulated over time.
The problem worsens when the cities run out of space where to process their waste. At such point they send it to other parts of the world. An example of this is the digital electronics dump in Ghana (Africa). The result is that people end up living surrounded by computers and other waste brought from all over the world which obviously ruins the quality of their lives. A different, though equally disastrous result, is the formation of the garbage island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
New York´s metropolitan area is an example of this problem. In this area of 22 million inhabitants each produces 3 kg of waste per day, a fourth of which are metallic and construction residuals. This means that every year accumulates a total of 6 million tons which is equivalent to 20 Empire State buildings. The issue is what to do with this huge volume of waste?
To avoid this output of waste, here we propose a recycling plant adapted to the growth model of the cities which absorb the population increase by growing vertically. This means that the recycling plants could be deployed within the neighborhoods following the buildings skyline in the immediate vicinity. To avoid this output of waste, here we propose a recycling plant adapted to the growth model of the cities which absorb the population increase by growing vertically. This means that the recycling plants could be deployed within the neighborhoods following the buildings skyline in the immediate vicinity.
The solution to this problem requires a design adaptable to multiple geographical locations and terrains. Due to this our design can be deployed on land or water. The tree is a natural element that can be adapted to any kind of place. In this way the “Grow to Green” skyscraper could be adopted worldwide.
The design of the skyscraper is organized around the analysis, separation and storage of the waste arriving into it. The waste is placed in different floors according to the emissions produced by their recycling process. The highest floors would be reserved for the waste requiring the larger degree of processing.
The tower will generate its own natural filters to avoid impacting negatively the environment. This makes it a sustainable waste management system.
WORK OF GARADA STUDIO
Rafael García-Monge Pozo, Ricardo Casas de la Cuesta, Eduardo Garrido, Daniel Fernández Prada, Gabriel Muñoz Moreno