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Art and Non-Human Agencies
  • ISSN: 2055-2823
  • E-ISSN: 2055-2831

Abstract

This investigation into the author’s master’s thesis in architecture starts from an observation that our current ways of coping with waste sustain an obliviousness and feed a lack of responsibility towards the waste we produce and the way it is treated. Moving towards more effective ecological living patterns, but deviating from a strong adherence to technology, raises the question of how architecture can trigger a shift in mindsets on how we deal with waste. While ecological thinking and acting in the field of architecture are often focused on materials and their cycles of re-use and durability, the waste this research consciously takes interest in is of a more uncanny kind. Human bodily waste is the waste exchanged by mediation of the architectural element of the toilet. Instead of focusing on a fast and total removal of waste from our home, can architecture apply principles of care for waste as a ? Aspiring to evoke ecological awareness, a low-tech toilet design is scrutinized in this article for its potential to perform care from a point of view, as well as for producing compost.

Funding
This study was supported by the:
  • KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture
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2023-08-03
2024-06-14
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