Waste Not, Want Not

Inspired by William McDonough and Michael Braungart’s book Cradle to Cradle, this assignment encourages students to explore ways to eliminate waste. Students work in teams of two to build/construct new products utilizing products formally deemed as “waste”.

The found products classified as “waste” were acquired from a trip to Recycle Ann Arbor.

Operable Wooden Shutters
Shutters were fastened together and combined with frosted acrylic to create a lamp. The operable controls of the shutters is utilized as a dimming feature of the lamp.


Wooden Ceiling Fan Blades
Blades were glued together and fastened to a bulletin board to create a wall-mounted magazine rack.

magazine rack_progress

Acrylic Quotation Marks from a Large Sign
Signage pieces were situated flat in a round shape and in welded with rebar scraps from the metal shop to create a coffee table base. The top of each signage piece can be removed to install lighting within.

sign table_process

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