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Rethinking Waste - Compound 13 Lab, 2018 - present

posted on 2021-03-28, 12:16 authored by Ben ParryBen Parry

The Rethinking Waste project, funded by the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund, confronts the question of waste and disposability through the introduction of an experimental design and learning space, Compound 13 Lab. At the Lab, young people are placed at the centre of their own learning, to co-design and develop a bespoke ‘living curriculum’ that responds to their issues, addresses their needs and aids their future goals. The implementation of the Lab is intended to create a space of enquiry where these local knowledges and practices can be communicated within and beyond Dharavi, through a process of increasingly self-organised making and learning.

Compound 13 Lab is a permanent space for experimental design and learning. Through a programme of workshops, design classes, and an artist residency programme Compound 13 Lab uses the materials and resources of Mumbai's recycling industry as the starting point for learning and teaching about ecological design and living solutions. The Lab offers access to design and media tools, audiovisual technologies, 3D design, and digital fabrication to disadvantaged, marginalised citizens who, because of their socio-economic status, do not normally have access to these resources.

This item contains photographic documentation of classes and workshops held at the Compound 13 Lab and a brief description of the project. It also contains a link to the Compound 13 Lab project website (see 'References' below).

Images courtesy of Ben Parry. Used with permission and consent.

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UKRI AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund