It is pertinent to uncover how health, reuse and education can connect to further the sustainability agenda and how it can be addressed from an architectural perspective.
The population in Aarhus city center has the highest concentration of students in Denmark relative to its inhabitants. Most students and other young inhabitants do not have a car and thus lack the possibility to visit the 6 waste stations in the outskirts of Aarhus. This creates the maze of abandoned, broken and old furniture in the streets. Addressing this issue through architecture is overdue.
This thesis addresses this issue and takes a critical look at the bulky waste problem in Aarhus. The aim is to develop a new concept for a reuse building integrated with modern city life and culture embracing different programs that serve the purpose of handling reuse and bulky waste furniture. Furthermore it is a rethinking of the waste station we know today creating a new and permanent home for REUSE at The South Harbor, Aarhus.
Architecture can have a big impact by introducing the reuse building to the city life where it can become a visible part of the daily street picture. It will be a place for social gathering and offer the opportunity to come and gain knowledge and inspiration within the field of reuse. All in all this creates an easier and better option for the citizens of Aarhus to reuse furniture.
The program is a statement that bulky waste should be seen as a resource. The architecture should emphasize this by always finding new identities for objects that are no longer in use and by doing so expand the life cycle of materials.