“The Cast-Off Recast: Recycling and the Creative Transformation of Mass-Produced Objects”

August 28, 2006 at 6:42 pm Leave a comment

“The Cast-Off Recast,” University of California Los Angeles, Fowler (October 1999)

“On a daily basis remnants, scraps, rubbish, and junk are filtered through both formal and informal salvage operations in urban centers throughout the world. The essays included in this volume–“Muffler Men, Menecos and Other Welded Wonders: Occupational Sculpture from Automotive Debris,” “Streetwise: The Mafundi of Dar es Salaam,” and “Castoff/Outcast: Living on the Street”–explore the process of recycling within distinct environments. What emerges is a remarkable justaposition of diverse material behaviors informing the “lived experiences” of residents of Los Angeles, Tokyo, So Paulo, and Dar es Salaam…”

note: I HIGHLY recommend this book–truly inspiring in the ways in which people make do and innovate with the materials around them. When you’re feeling like you don’t have all the “proper” materials or don’t know the “right” techniques to make something, take a look at these examples to give you a kick in the pants and challenge you to be creative with what you already have.


Entry filed under: adaptation, construction technique, materials.

Rural Studio/Samuel Mockbee Jessica Stockholder

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