Revival Waste: Propagating Permaculture | FAP 2022 Third Place

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Revival Waste: Propagating Permaculture | FAP 2022 Third Place

September 6, 2022

According to the team’s research, residents in Hanoi contribute an average of 7,000 tonnes of waste a day, including organic and inorganic waste, as well as recyclable garbage.

Averagely, 6 per cent of the 414 tonnes of inorganic waste is not recyclable and thus buried—the rest of the waste can be processed and reused as fertiliser and such. However, oftentimes, most of the waste do not get sorted and are instead brought straight to the dump sites—as such, the opportunity to allocate them into productive reuse is lost. This results in high costs of collecting and burying the waste, which is also land dependent.

Building on primary agricultural values, the proposal attempts to ‘revive’ waste by incorporating it into a circular economic model—with permaculture at its core—while turning abandoned buildings into centres of waste segregation and recycling, layered spatially and programmatically with agricultural, public educational and commercial activities.

While the scheme has specified an abandoned construction, it can be scaled to similar buildings scattered throughout the city. Each unit will then act as an intermediary to collect waste from neighbouring residential areas and organise sorting. These units will contribute to an economic model with a supply chain to serve the community within a certain radius, providing jobs for the people of the area as well as promoting a circular economy and a sustainable urban development.

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Nguyen Tien Huy, Nguyen Thanh Lam and Nguyen Quang Linh are fourth-year students while Han Phung Van Trang and Tran Thanh Tung are third-year students at Hanoi University of Architecture. Gathering for this first project, the group shares the same vision of sustainable development of the city and believes in the role and impact of architecture in improving people’s spiritual and social life.


Project Location
Hanoi, Vietnam

Site Area
15,000 square metres

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