Plastic waste, in particular PET, which is typically found in soda bottles, is becoming abundant in African cities. In Dar es Salaam, one of the most rapidly urbanizing cities in Africa, BORDA found that about 400 tons of plastic waste per day remains uncollected or unrecycled. Although about 98 percent of the solid waste generated per day can be recycled or composted, 90 percent is disposed in dumpsites.
The collectors collect about 90% of everything that is recycled in Brazil. Self-employed workers are the basis of the pyramid of an unregulated and unrecognized sector.
They survive by selling what they collect. Plastic and cardboard, for example, are worth about R$0.20/Kg (USD 0.04/Kg), and the glass about R$0.05/Kg (1c USD/Kg).
In our research we sometimes encounter material that may be useful to educators, so have set up this page to support bringing repair into the classroom.
We will continually update this list as we find good resources.
We welcome your contributions.
City Repair facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented placemaking through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world. City Repair has accomplished many projects through a mostly volunteer staff and thousands of volunteer citizen activists. We provide support, resources, and opportunities to help diverse communities reclaim the culture, power, and joy that we all deserve.
Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). In the place where a Repair Café is located, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera. You’ll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields.
Visitors bring their broken items from home. Together with the specialists they start making their repairs in the Repair Café. It’s an ongoing learning process. If you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Or you can lend a hand with someone else’s repair job. You can also get inspired at the reading table – by leafing through books on repairs and DIY.
“The bicyclean is a safe, affordable, and efficient alternative for
harvesting electronic waste in developing regions. The bicyclean is a modified bicycle, where a processing chamber replaces the rear wheel and an external steel frame supports the rear hub. Processing of the circuit boards occurs within the sealed chamber and the particles are removed in a covered tray. A feed tube presses circuit board pieces into a large grinding wheel and become pulverized.”
L’impression 3D, une technologie bonne qu’à fabriquer des Yoda moches et des gadgets inutiles ? Que nenni ! Réparer des objets en remplaçant une pièce défectueuse, réaliser des petit hacks de la vie quotidienne, concevoir des objets pratiques correspondant à ses besoins, c’est de l’ordre du possible pour toute personne fréquentant un fablab ou possédant une imprimante 3D.
FixEd is the think-and-do tank concerned with inspiring and equipping creative, ingenious and generous problem-solvers around the world (especially, though not exclusively, Fixperts).
We support educators and organisations to engage and motivate learners through our popular, award-winning learning programmes for schools and universities. Our research programme connects you to current ideas and approaches and the type of 21st-century skills that young people need.
If the ambition beneath the instrumentation of the body is ostensible self-mastery, and that of the home is convenience, the ambition at the heart of the smart city is nothing other than control – the desire to achieve a more efficient use of space, energy and other resources.
Here, we developed the first spatially explicit dataset of urban settlements from 3700 BC to AD 2000, by digitizing, transcribing, and geocoding historical, archaeological, and census-based urban population data previously published in tabular form by Chandler and Modelski.
In his latest data viz roundup, Max Galka traces history’s largest cities, explores the great Uber takeover and searches for America’s creative communities
The Circle is a hub for charities, social enterprises, community groups and socially aware businesses in Dundee.
We are a global community of people who make local repair events happen and campaign for our right to repair.
Ministry of Space is a collective founded in 2011 with the aim of monitoring future development of Belgrade and other Serbian cities.
We already depend on the smartphone to navigate every aspect of our existence. We’re told that innovations—from augmented-reality interfaces and virtual assistants to autonomous delivery drones and self-driving cars—will make life easier, more convenient and more productive. 3D printing promises unprecedented control over the form and distribution of matter, while the blockchain stands to revolutionize everything from the recording and exchange of value to the way we organize the mundane realities of the day to day. And, all the while, fiendishly complex algorithms are operating quietly in the background, reshaping the economy, transforming the fundamental terms of our politics and even redefining what it means to be human.
Welcome to the New York City Internet Health Report, a Mozilla project made possible in collaboration with the NYC Mayor's Office of the Chief Technology Officer. To demonstrate what makes internet health meaningful for stakeholders and communities at the municipal level, this collection of case studies offers a portrait of a vibrant city working in different ways toward a common public good – an inclusive, safe, secure, open, and decentralized internet.
As we enter a third decade of popular reckoning with the idea of networked computation, any notion of a divide between the physical and the virtual is proving less and less tenable with every passing day. Slowly at first, but with increasing momentum, the ordinary things and places that have constituted the cities around us since there were such things as cities are identifying themselves to the global informatic network, or being identified to it.
Real-world objects and arrangements of objects; structures and locations; events and situations: all of these are acquiring representations in the virtual space of the network.
As yet, by far the greater number of these representations are passive — descriptions, really. These descriptions leave the objects in question only the most limited ability to take account of one another, adapt to the circumstances of use, or otherwise respond to evolving conditions.
This article examines the 'digital city' debate of the mid 1990s as a point of departure for a media-historical questioning of how technology and the discourse about technology were used as an experimental playground for new forms of knowledge that are fundamental for the understanding of today’s network society. This text has been presented as a conference paper at the 'networks and sustainability' track of the 'textiles' conference in Riga in June 2010. The paper will also appear in a special edition of the Arts and Communications Journal edited by RIXC at the end of 2010.
A new approach for inclusive growth
Toronto’s eastern waterfront presents an extraordinary opportunity to shape the city’s future and provide a global model for inclusive urban growth. Sidewalk Labs is honoured to present the Master Innovation and Development Plan (MIDP) for the Sidewalk Toronto project as a comprehensive proposal for how to realize that potential.