When an item once needed becomes ‘trash’, it is ‘disappeared’ to marginal sites hidden from view – hauled outside the city, even shipped offshore. Would making our waste streams more visible affect the way we consume and discard? Proposing that closer proximity between waste and humans can shape a more equitable and environmentally responsible future, the current waste-transfer station at Toronto’s Waterfront is reimagined as a hybridized site, with open recycling facilities, learning labs, upcycling operations, and the extension of an urban park. Can localizing the recycling process, diverting ‘trash,’ and transforming it into usable items be a source of community?

Toronto, Canada

Individual Thesis Project (2022)

Advisor: Laura Miller