Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Research Area: Landfill Transformation│Social Housing│Ecological Urbanism
Three thousand scavengers go through the world’s biggest trash dump at Rio de Janiero’s Jardim Gramacho landfill every day. Picking by hands, they extract 200 tons of recyclable material out of 8,000 tons of daily collated solid waste of Rio`de Janeiro`s metropolitan area; beating heart of the emerging world economy. Future Brazil, privileged in various geopolitical aspects, embraces basic sanitation, solid waste and reverse logistics as pillars of its coming superpower green economy. Provided with enormous free stock of usable solid waste, CO2 and bio gas, Oblique Metamorphosis offers alternatives to better return on investments in natural, human and economic capital, by transforming the pressure on the environment and contributing to greater social equity.
The project is creation; a sensitive creation of life, space and material from trash. It exists in itself and establishes a qualitative and dimensional relationship to its environment. It offers survival, in a state of crisis. It is not neutral. It is constantly responding; constantly transforming. It does not halt. It’s a modular built-up of housing units which is made of recycled material from the landfill.