2011 Skyscraper Competition
Agata Sander, Tomek Kujawski
The Waste Collector Skyscraper is a new typology for highly polluted cities around the world. It is conceived as a recycling plant in the middle of the city. This specific project is designed for the Huangpu district in Shanghai, China. It ranks among the most populated areas in the world and, with more than 55,000 inhabitants per square kilometer, this agglomeration of persons produces the largest amount of municipal solid waste (MSW) in the world. The waste in turn is unfortunately collected by more than 30 diesel fueled trucks and transported more than 40 km away. These trucks consume more than 2,500 liters of gas and emit 6 tons of carbon dioxide daily.
The Waste Collector Skyscraper addresses these problems through the potential recycling of 400 tons of MSW daily, in a comprehensive, clean, and self-sufficient process without intensive land use. It also raises awareness in the population by its distinct and strong visual presence in the city’s skyline.