ransporting a mobile foundry around the streets of são paulo, brazil, designers at ‘studio swine’ have created ‘can city’, a series of stools made from recycled materials. the foundry smelts aluminum cans using waste vegetable oil that they collect from local cafes to be used as fuel. operating around the city streets, the moulds and the finished pieces are all made on location, turning these public spaces into an improvised manufacturing line. in a city with some 20 million inhabitants, the waste is on a massive scale, over 80% of the recycling is collected by an informal system of independent collectors known as catadores who pull their handmade carts around the streets. this new initiative creates a system where their livelihoods can extend beyond the rubbish collection.
Is this adhoc making the future of manufacturing ? … or a parasitical activity that feeds on a waning mass manufacturing society. What does the future look like? How does it involve repurposing the past ?