Valby Have

Designing multifunctional waste separation units

Location: Valby Have, Copenhagen, Denmark
Client: Copenhagen Municipality
Team: arki_lab
Service: Consensus Building & Engagement, Strategy & Concept Development, Placemaking
Role: Planning and facilitating community engagement, Prototyping, Designing and Building, Evaluation
Year: Nov 2016 – Dec 2017
Status: Completed

The increase in waste generation in urban settlements requires new sustainable ways of talking about and handling waste. This demands better waste separation methods and a change in the way we approach waste, not as a problem but as a resource. In order to achieve this we need bottom-up solutions, where citizens are a part of the development.

The upper-story houses in Valby Have were in dire need of new recycling bins that enable waste separation in the different compartments, as mandated by the Copenhagen Municipality. The project presented both challenges and opportunities; a challenge because simply increasing the number of recycling bins was spatially not possible, but an opportunity because it would not only respond to the recycling needs but also enhance the public realm of the neighborhood.

In order to create a socially sustainable solution, we collaborated with the residents, including them in the concept-development and design processes. The project started with a workshop using the idea-generating board game arki_nopoly, where we invited people from all ages to share their ideas and visions. Meanwhile the younger residents made small art pieces out of waste – a way to ‘turn trash into treasure’. In addition to the workshop we also used various digital tools, such as our collage app, ArkiCity, and surveys to reach wider audiences. After the event, we analyzed the data, presenting the residents with 7 designs, where they gave feedback, further brainstormed and voted on the design options. To demonstrate the designs more clearly we made different prototypes. The overall purpose of the second event was to test the different ideas before finalizing the design.

The ideas generated formed an idea catalogue, which will hopefully inspire co-designing processes for sustainable waste separation solutions in other areas. The open ended approach helps show that there isn’t just a single answer to the question of sustainable waste management – it is an iterative process that requires a collaborative effort.



global goals for sustainable development FNS 17 verdensmålTHE GLOBAL GOALS
We strive to use the Global Goals as a structuring framework for our projects. Here we show how this project contribute to a sustainable future.


global goals industry innovation and infrastructure FNs verdensmål industri innovation og infrastruktur

9 INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
In Valby Have we developed an innovative solution to handling trash in an urban environment while simultaneously improving the urban decor and common space.


global goals sustainable cities and communities FNs verdensmål bæredygtige byer og lokalsamfund

11 SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
The project allowed the residents to give voice to their thoughts on the future of their local community thus insuring ownership of the final result.


global goals responsible consumption and production FNs verdensmål ansvarligt forbrug og produktion

12 RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION 
Responsible management of waste is a part of securing sustainable production and consumption which in Valby Have is achieved by waste sorting and recycling.


global goals climate action FNs verdensmål klimaindsats

13 CLIMATE ACTION 
arki_lab is raising awareness about the climate challenge faced by urban residents through workshops, thus ensuring communal action.

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