Climate Commons Lounge
with Christopher Wawrinofsky & Justin C. Knapp
The physical site of this networked conversation Climate Commons is modular (for people who come in groups or alone), portable (can be easily taken away and reassembled elsewhere), and relaxing (a space for contemplation, conversation, research, and thought among a group of viewers or alone). This space is built from upcycled materials that are in harmony with its central concerns: the ecology of our planet in the light of climate change.
Upcyling, a word coined by architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart, completely reuses materials in ways that do not degrade their quality. Instead of recycling, which breaks down materials to become components of new objects, upcycling is more eco-effective. The upcycled furniture offers a new use and vision for the trash from the building of the new Institute of Contemporary Art building on the Boston waterfront. It saves materials like ordinary 2x4s and mdf from going to the toxic landfill.
compostable fabric by DesignTex
Exhibitions: ICA Boston, 2006