suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
mitchell JOACHIM: New York City is disposing of 38,000 tons of waste per day. Most of this discarded material ended up in Fresh Kills landfill before it closed. The Rapid Re(f)use project supposes an extended New York reconstituted from its own landfill material. Our concept remakes the city by utilizing the trash at Fresh Kills.
With our method, we can remake seven entirely new Manhattan islands at full scale. Automated robot 3d printers are modified to process trash and complete this task within decades. These robots are based on existing techniques commonly found in industrial waste compaction devices. Instead of machines that crush objects into cubes, these devices have jaws that make simple shape grammars for assembly. Different materials serve specified purposes; plastic for fenestration, organic compounds for temporary scaffolds, metals for primary structures, and etc. Eventually, the future city makes no distinction between waste and supply.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
mJ: The Walt Disney Film WALL-E and my baby daughter. We are looking to make tomorrow better– I know that sounds like a bromide, but its true.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
mJ: DJ Spooky:: that subliminal kid,
Heather Rogers, “Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage” and
Benjamin Miller; “Fat of the Land: The Garbage Of New York–The Last Two Hundred Years”
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
mJ: Bjarke Ingels — I love his attitude. He is like a cathartically enhanced -Rem, the anxiety, saturnine affect, and doubt are thankfully removed.