How can we limit the volume of waste that reaches the landfill & generate employment opportunities for women?
Wastespace’s mission is to build a community hub for sustainability
and gender equity in Vieques, Puerto Rico, through infrastructure
innovation and entrepreneurship. By reconfiguring current modes
of waste collection and recycling, this project disrupts the island’s
waste-stream and extracts those materials suitable for reprocessing
to produce value-added goods. Today such source materials ended
up in the landfill, which is rapidly nearing its maximum capacity and
poses a threat to Vieques’s sustainability and environmental health.
Wastespace will provide access to tools and equipment for
reprocessing collected recycled materials to marketable products
ranging from tiles to furniture to clipboards. Training to build and
operate the tools, and produce marketable products will be integral
Reintroducing these reprocessed waste materials into the market
provides an important opportunity to rethink the island’s economy
and empower female residents. Programming will be geared towards
providing classes and workshops oriented toward women, who have
systematically been absent from roles within the existing labor force,
and who are interested in skill-sharing and entrepreneurial initiatives.
Spring 2019. In collaboration with Rebecca Book.
Advanced IV: New Paradigms for a Resilient Vieques.
Architecture Critic: Richard Plunz; Urban Planning Critic: Douglas
Woodward; Associate Critic: Ubaldo Escalante.