The Wasted 87%

被遺忘的87%

HUNG Matthew

With Hong Kong’s shrinking landfills, an acute NIMBY attitude towards new waste solutions, and the strengthening of China’s borders towards recyclables from Hong Kong, the material consequences of our consumer waste is increasingly a matter of concern.

The tower aims to address the value-action gap evident in the city, where commonly held civic ideals towards sustainability are at odds with our actual material habits. It posits that the inconveniences necessary to provide the “feedback” to register the consequences of our wasteful habits have been spatially designed out of the city; externalised to our landfills; to developing countries; into the atmosphere; all fundamentally problematic.

The proposed tower explores how waste can be designed back into everyday life and speculates on a scenario where Hong Kong towers are no longer able to legally externalise its own domestic waste. What new positive inconveniences would encourage changes in habit? What new material values would it provoke? What new metrics would accompany these values? What new regimes of sorting are necessary?

At its fundamental, the spatial exploration allocates 13% of the tower’s volume for residential units whilst the remaining 87% is allocated to accommodate the waste generated by its residents; a ratio based on the average living space per person in Hong Kong and the volume of waste the resident would generate over the 50-year period of a typical tower block in the city.

This speculative future suggests a city where the notion of waste is completely dissolved yet simultaneously a constant matter of concern, encapsulating a potentially new politics of waste.

當香港垃圾的容身之處日漸減少,
而「鄰避主義」已經成為了居民的生活態度時,
更有中國的廢物進口禁令實施 。 
久而久之,這些消費者廢棄物造成的嚴重後果只能默默承受,還是要靠自己拯救呢?
如何解決顯而易見的行為價值差距是這塔樓的象徵意義,同時反映著理想主義的可持續發展與現實物質性的生活水火不容。
假設"它"記錄了我們根本性浪費的問題,把問題轉換成城市空間的設計,垃圾堆田的區域,以至發展中的國家,甚至在大氣層當中。
這個塔樓是探索如何將廢物設計回日常生活中,並推測香港塔樓不能再合法地將其家庭廢物外化的情景。
"它"的不便能怎樣正面地改變我們浪費的習慣?
"它"的材料能引發什麼新的物料價值?
"它"的價值會附帶什麼新的制度?
"它"的分類管理體制是必需的?

從空間設計來說,基本上分配了塔樓的13%為住宅單位,而其餘的87%則用來容納和消化其居民產生的廢物;一個以香港每人平均居住面積及居民在該塔樓50年間所產生的廢物為計算基礎的比率。
在充滿幻想的未來城市裡,垃圾的概念已經完全消失,但我們必需保持善用資源的生活習慣和持續關心這個議題,例如未來潛在新的廢物政治制度。

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