For Polish architecture student Stanislaw Mlynski, one's trash is definitely someone else's treasure. With his incredible three-fold concept designed for an international competition organized by the National Taipei University of Technology School of Architecture, Mlynski proposes a city-wide system where organic waste containers would be distributed to each household and then collected to create a structural wall that would host plants and wildlife. The concept would also see the integration of a solar system that would give any building it is applied to complete independence from the city grid.
The choice to design the Ecological Wall was inspired by organisms in nature, made up of repetitious and efficient cells. Using such a strict modular system, Mlynski’s containers provide for flexibility and the optimization of available resources. The wall is envisioned to be easy to apply to any clear or “dead” surface in a city – industrial buildings, grey skyscrapers, office blocks or even typical fences – to create a lush, beautiful, new micro eco-system.
As nearly 40% of the waste we produce is organic, Mlynski sees composting as one of the easiest and cheapest ways of recycling. But the idea isn’t to just let the waste sit and stew on the wall. All collected containers would be allowed to compost in a separate area, then once turned to soil the container would be submitted for use on the Ecological Wall. The new containers, affixed to the wall, could then be used as a potting place for the growth of plants and in turn the collection of rainwater runoff, reduction of CO2, beautification of the city and even a new habitat for birds, insects and other animals.