Sandra Chan & Darren Ho
Sustainable living has become one of the most concerned topics among youth nowadays. More and more local ground-up initiatives were created by youth with the aim of inculcating a zero-waste lifestyle.
Plastic-city aims to create an integrated space combining education and play, allowing youth to have fun while achieving their sustainability goals. This project strives to convert the conventional recycling process into a learning journey for all to enjoy.
The Need for Plastic Recycling
Based on the 2018 Waste Statistics, Plastics have the lowest recycling rate; only 41,000 tonnes out of 909,000 tonnes of the plastic was recycled.
The Existing Solution
As a bid to nurture eco-conscious Singaporean, the National Environment Agency (NEA), has implemented Reverse Vending Machines, where the public can recycle drink containers (both aluminium and plastic).
A range of incentives are given to encourage active recycling amongst Singaporeans. Unfortunately, the vending machines have their drawbacks. For one, there are a limited number scattered across the island. The bottles and cans also have to be flattened before they are accepted, and the machines require frequent servicing.
When it comes to the Youth Park site, the recycling options are scarce; with just two within 10 minutes walking distance. This is miniscule compared to the number of potential waste producers in the vicinity–both commercial and residential zones, capable of creating a variety of plastic waste.
Common waste plastics are LDPE, found in plastic bags, PET, which is found in bottles, PP, from food packaging, and HDPE, from containers. These four main plastics are constantly being put out by the 6 supermarkets and 248 F&B outlets in the vicinity.
Images from Unsplash
The design aims to merge the experience of playing and learning to engage the public. Play as an element responds to the duality of the site, with larger activity areas near the Active-Shopping side, and smaller activity areas towards the Quiet-Residential side. Learn is taken as a journey weave around Play elements to indulge the public’s learning journey with a playful environment. Create is where the public can recycle waste brought from home into colourful blocks and contribute it back to the facade of the playscapes.
Day time view from the Volleyball Court
Night time view from Grange Rd Carpark
Evening view from the Residential Zone