Inevitable Dross

June 8, 2009

Cities produce waste, not unlike living organisms. Alan Berger advices us to accept the residual space that comes as a direct consequence of urban living, and embrace it as a possibility for innovative design.

“To expect a planned city to function without waste (such as in a cradle to cradle approach), which represents the in situ or exported excess not only in its growth but of its maintenance, is as a naïve as expecting an animal to thrive in a sensory deprivation tank. The challenge for designers is thus not to achieve drossless urbanization, but to integrate inevitable dross into more flexible aesthetic and design strategies.”


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PHOTO: Interchange Construction at Interstate Highways 610/10, Houston, TX

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One Response to “Inevitable Dross”

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