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When the trash start invading us, we must find ways to reduce it and transform it into energy

When the trash start invading us, we must find ways to reduce it and transform it into energy

When the trash start invading us, we must find ways to reduce it and transform it into energy

Juls Gabs

Google Maps


Collectivaly sharing options in how to change the emission of Carbon Dioxide

Living in cities is an exciting experience that connects you with people, culture, activities, careers, education and opportunities. But the concentration of people in a small space with fast lives leads to a mass production of garbage. How can we make sure we live in a city that respects the planet?

Example Street View Satellite of the Factory

The average American produces about 130 pounds of trash a month, and an article in the journal Nature estimates that global solid-waste generation will triple, to 11 million tons a day, by 2100. Meanwhile, we’re running out of space for landfills, especially in Japan and Europe. But can we rethink how to use our trash while reducing it? 


For this site specific work I am proposing a Grass Garden with the shape of a QR code. Such garden will be fully usable for visitors and residents, and when scanned by any smartphone will activate a Virtual Reality Google Maps painting (like in the examples here)

Previous examples of Google Maps paintings

Juls Gabs qr-code Where do we go from now 2022.png

"Where do we go from now"
Juls Gabs 2022

Juls Gabs qr-code The Terrace of Gloucester 2021.png

"The Terrace of Gloucester"
Juls Gabs 2021

Sassy Trashy Painting:

Into the painting you will be positioned in the centre of the Square and could see the surroundings and the Marie Thumas Factory and the incorporation of machines and techniques that other countries and experts have implement to reduce trash and CO2 emission or are studying to use (See part 2)


Share it worldwide:

Not only visitors scanning the garden can access the VR, but sharing the Google Maps location with anyone worldwide (using Satellite View as in image 1) will allowed anyone to enter the painting that will be designed along the goals of the building. Welcome to a 21st century painting that address needs of society, proposed green spaces, hopes and interactions with nature at the Marie Thumas Factory.

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Part 2 • What are those alternatives painted on the landscape:


Garbage Power


Food can also be turned into fuel through Anaerobic Digestion. Farmers have used this process for years; now new machines can speed things up. Anaerobic digestion facilities are expensive to build, but they can be profitable if companies have a steady supply of food waste, as they would in the growing number of cities and states that have banned restaurants and grocery stores from sending large amounts of leftovers to landfills. Michigan State University has two such digesters that turn food waste from dining halls into electricity for the campus.


Burning garbage is another way to turn trash into fuel. This technique was used in the past century until it was discovered to release dioxin emissions that were damaging. But the technology has since improved: today’s plants are so clean in Europe that builders are putting them in the middle of cities so they can power nearby households. In Copenhagen, a ski slope will be built atop one.


Plasma Gasification, an experimental technique, could eventually replace incineration as an even cleaner and more efficient way to get rid of trash: The process involves heating waste under pressure to produce syngas, a substance that can be used to make liquid fuels and other chemicals. Another process, called pyrolysis, also uses heat to turn trash into fuel. Both techniques are currently expensive and can process only small amounts of waste at a time, but with time they could become viable.

Reward for Recycle Machine


Especially in cities where population concentrates and garbage increases due to our fast life system and lack of time. Since the beginning of the pay-as-you-throw program in 1993, Worcester, Massachusetts, has seen a 53 per cent drop in waste, from 43,000 tons a year to 20,000. Parallelly, in countries like Germany you receive money for every plastic bottle you recycle, this is an easy measurement that could help families while teaching the importance of recycling.


Skyscrapers Bricks of Garbage

We already turn water bottles into fleece, plastic bags into deck material, and roofing into the pavement. Crushing trash and moulding it into blocks that we could use to build islands and skyscrapers. Joachim’s firm has created architectural plans for a 53-story tower made with the waste New Yorkers produce in 24 hours. A group in Guatemala called Pura Vida is already working on a low-tech version of the same idea; it promotes the use of building material it calls an “eco-block”. These bricks are excellent insulation and are safe from earthquakes.



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