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Styrofoam is not biodegradable. Despite this fact, it is widely used in every packaging from plasma TV's to coffee cups. I feel like we owe the environment to put the “eternal” nature of styrofoam to better use. This project will invite the public to bring styrofoam of any size, type and shape. All styrofoam donations will be used to create a useful and durable livable space. The display will eventually be sent to a facility that specializes in the recycling and repurposing of styrofoam.
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FOAM-A-HOME IN NEW YORK CITY

The idea is to collect as much Styrofoam (various shapes and sizes) that people think of throwing away. My job will be to create beautiful and attractive living quarters in the middle of Washington Square Park. One of the most visited locations in New York City.
Tired of a culture of waste, I am looking to increase awareness of an issue that most small cities and towns in the U.S. feel cannot afford to deal with due to the large cost of disposal.
This issue is the use of Styrofoam for the construction and re-creation of beautiful habitational dwellings and its contents. Feel free to bring your styrofoam to help contribute to the cause!.
My goal is to use the least amount (or nothing at all) of additional supplies except styrofoam itself, using its current shapes to fit into eachother in order to support itself. – Additional support might be added by using other techniques such as dowels inserted into two separate pieces to make one. Glue is optional.

LOCATION

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HOW CAN YOU HELP

People are be invited to contribute ideas to design elements inside the living quarters such as bed, tables, shelves, etc.

IDEAS

Other ideas and resources to dispose or re-use this material will be distributed, both as a presentation, and as printed material as well as a website for people to be informed about the negative effects of Styrofoam and why it should be completely eliminated for everyday use.

COLLABORATORS

INGRID ESPINOSA, NADIA ROZO, MARTA SABOGAL.

THE FUTURE

The future plan is to take this installation to more cities where Styrofoam recycling is non-existent, and look for awareness and collaboration of larger towns in orderr to increase the size of my construction, and also to increase the time I will be able to inhabit this home.
Plumbing and methods of water collection will also be looked upon in order to make it sustainable.