Category: News

Clare Miflin’s article in the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment Newsletter is inspired by Michael Pollan’s seven word maxim for healthy eating: Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants. Build less: reuse and repurpose existing buildings; right-size the building; consider sharing spaces within a district. For more people: design and program a building so that most […]

District-scale solutions are often the most effective way of achieving zero waste and improving the quality of the public realm. In this session the team that led the development of the Zero Waste Design Guidelines share best practice strategies and case studies for waste management from e-waste to food waste. Learn the multiple benefits from […]

The Center for Zero Waste Design has been awarded a grant by the Hong Kong Design Trust for its project Zero Waste Design Guidelines for High Density Cities. This will take the Guidelines to Hong Kong and Singapore, for panel discussions and thinktanks, and we will return to the Center for Architecture to present the […]

Benjamin Miller outlines modifications to the commercial waste system to address critical problems and aid the implementation of strategies outlined in the Zero Waste Design Guidelines. An integrated system design could solve multiple issues with the current system, including transfer station siting, increasing processing capacity, improving collection infrastructure and operations, incentivizing waste diversion and reducing […]

Taking a cue from the Zero Waste Design Guidelines, the NYC Departments of Sanitation and Transportation issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for “creative solutions for containerized refuse and recycling.” The RFEI is as an important step towards designing the built environment to meet the city’s zero waste goals and address the significant environmental […]

City resident and co-founder of Help Delhi Breathe, Reecha Upadhyay, tells us how she rallied tens of thousands of voters to pass legislation that will help cap air pollution killing millions every year. She discusses biomimicry with Clare Miflin, who shares her epiphany that nature doesn’t create any waste and that perhaps our misuse of […]

Bjarke Ingels Group and a company called Oceanix presented a wild concept for floating cities at the UN this week, imagining completely self-sufficient communities in the era of sea level rise. By Fast Company Excerpt: Miflin wants to create a circular system where all food waste is turned into nutrients for the soil through composting. Food […]

EO5 Closing the Recycling Loop. From Sidewalk Labs. Simple as it may seem, recycling properly is really hard — and our misguided attempts are actually harming the planet more than helping. But what if we could know, instantly, if we’re recycling correctly? What if we were “nudged” to recycle better? Or reuse more? In this […]