JUNK BATTLE! brings the County’s architecture and design students together with professionals to focus on one of LA’s toughest challenges: what to do about mountains of waste.
“Imagine TED meets architecture-and-design studio meets hackathon meets innovation black belts,” says Creative Director John Bielenberg, “and you’ve just imagined what JUNK BATTLE! can be.”
Case study: UCLA
UCLA case study highlights the challenge. The university purchases close to a billion dollars’ worth of goods every year, a large percentage of which winds up in area landfills. UCLA targets a zero-waste goal by 2020. But to reach it, they have to change the game.
So we’re bringing LA County’s architecture and design community together with experts on waste and recycling to take on Big Junk. Held at a large warehouse space, the one-day JUNK BATTLE! event includes:
• TED-style talks.
• THINK WRONG Blitz.
• JUNK BATTLE! design competition with countywide architecture and design programs.
TED-style talks bring the County’s leading innovators and visionaries together to raise the bar on what’s possible in terms of waste and recycling and frame new inspirations.
The JUNK BATTLE! competition brings together LA County’s architecture and design schools to upcycle institutional waste in the most useful and creative ways imaginable. Professionals volunteer as project consultants. Work begins ahead of time and culminates on the day of the event with celebrity judging. Projects are displayed at key locations around the County.
We end with a blow-out, zero-waste party.
“Saving the world has to be fun or nobody’s going to do it.” – Alex Bogusky
JUNK BATTLE! is improvisational. Fast-paced. No one can imagine in advance the results. Perhaps we’ll see dwellable tiny houses emerge from the competition. Entrepreneurial ideas for rapid prototyping develop out of the Think Wrong workshops. Solutions to the challenge of waste and recycling will get spotlit.
Most importantly, it is the first opportunity for visionary design and architecture students from across LA County to collaborate with leading professionals on a common social challenge.
The point is not to come up with solutions in a few hours. The point is to focus attention, engage, generate a lot of useful energy – and possibly even hammer some prototypes together that might be worth taking for a longer ride.
We’ll also be strengthening the connective tissue among members of LA’s creative community who want to channel energy into solving common problems across the County.
JUNK BATTLE! will be a success if we execute inspiring projects. Engage the County’s architecture and design communities for the common good of creating a more ecological LA. And create a buzz-worthy event that spotlights waste and how southland creativity is leading way.
JUNK BATTLE! is produced by Pando Populus and John Bielenberg, Common and NCompass in collaboration with the UCLA Office of Sustainability and countywide architecture and design programs.