Visual map + Statement of intent (PYRMONT)

13 Sep


Waste in the city – week 6

7 Sep

Week 6 – afternoon lecture was quite different compared with earlier weeks,

today’s lecturer Mike Day, he is an interior designer, and he came to share

about his experience for visiting the Shanghai Expo in China. Interestingly, a

month ago my friend she also went to Shanghai Expo and after she came back

she sharing a lot of photos and telling some of stories she experiences in China

and what she thinks about this magnificent exhibition with me, too. After

listening both Mike and my friend’s insight from their trip, I found that

depending on the knowledge people have the way they looks at things might be

different from one another.

During Mike’s lecture he shares with us a lot of photos he took in China also

explain what is in the photo and why he took it. Even though I never been to

Shanghai and also do not get any chance to visit this year’s Expo neither, but

through Mike’s photos and stories, I could almost feel the atmosphere of the

time. And as Mike mentioned the most of materials used in this year Shanghai

Expo will be reuse or recycle for the other uses, which is surprising me that how

recent years Chinese government started to realize the importance of maintain a

sustainable environment. Therefore, the Chinese government started

implementing a series of actions to support sustainable development policies

especially in big city like Beijing or Shanghai. For instance: solar system and

electrical vehicles are very common in Beijing city. In addition, in order to save

the power, there are individual power switches inside every apartments in

Beijing, if they need to use hot water they need to turn on the switch before they

use it, it’s sounds not very convenient compared with the system we use in

Sydney, however, it is also save a lot of energy resource for our planet. The most

of country (people) care about our environment; we are using different way to

protect our planet, it is really good to know what others’ advantages, in order to

reflect upon ourself to see if we can do any better than others.

Auto-recharge station for motorbike in Beijing- by insert money into machine

Visual map (Pyrmont) –

After the lecture our group members have stayed to discuss for our final visual

map. This is also the last time of group meeting before the next week due day,

hence, we tried our best to clarify every details with our group mates and make

sure everyone in our group happy with our final decision. Basically our map will

be a visual based map and revealing the main wastes products in the five areas

(streets) within Pyrmont suburb; also showing what the main business type and

if there are any residential property. In the bottom area, we are planning to show

the comparison bar of the wastes proportion and also showing the main people

type within in our research areas. In the following week, I will try to put every

pieces info. together, and hopefully we can present a clear infographic map

which general all of our information together, makes the viewer can easy to

understand our content in the shortest limit of time.

Reference: 2010, viewed 7th September 2010, <;.
Expo 2010 Shanghai China 2010, viewed 5th September 2010, <;.

Waste in the city – week 5

31 Aug

Week 5 morning lecturer:

Kerryn Caulfield

(Apical international, TTNA, Composites, NACRO, Filtration & Separation Association)

This morning’s lecturer Kerryn Caulfield who gave us not only an impressive

lecture but also bring up the fact that how serious the waste issues are; she

points out that the waste to landfill has rapidly increased each year, which is

growing even faster than our population. Through her findings she claims that

5 % of landfill is textile waste since it is use in everywhere; on the contrary textile

(clothes) is also easier to apply to other uses by recycle/reuse and regenerate it.

In addition, she also mentioned about how secondhand clothes end up in the

third world country. There has a short documentary Kerryn talked about which

made by an Australian girl, who uses video camera recording how the

secondhand clothing system works in Africa (Zambia). The doco makes me feel

astonishing; I never thought about where will those second hand clothes go

after we give it to charities, this doco “T-shirt travels” tracing the whole process

and tell the story about how those clothes end up their life in the west but

started the second life in Africa. This lecture provides a lot of new information

about the current waste issues which really useful especially for us, who are

studying about the waste subjects.


The afternoon’s lecturer Randall Pearce from Think: Insight + Advice. He

brought out some facts about how people behave and opinion about climate

change. There were few points Randall mentioned which might be the barriers

direct or indirect effects of climate change. I found one of them is particular

interest to me, which indicates that people always obsessed with “new” things. I

think this point is a really important fact that our consumption patterns have a

significant impact on the environment. This makes me think of an event which

launched in this year May in Sydney Bondi called “the garage sale trail”. And

also it was the first time they put on this garage sale in Australia. There were 126

garage sales gathering at that day creating a win-win situation for both seller

and buyer. Furthermore, it allows those secondhand stuffs have a chance to start

the second life not just end up in the landfill, which is a very good idea to have

this kind of event. Although the fundamental way is that we still need to control

our consumption patterns, reuse and recycle stuffs in order to protect our



About individual essay & visual map:

It is now week 5 already so we get a pretty intensive schedule, since the

individual essay is due next week and the group visual map needs to be handed

in the week after. But luckily both my tutors and my group mates have been

really helpful so that I was able to clearly understand the purpose and the aim

of the projects. It also makes a lot easier when I was planning the structure of

my essay.

Rainie and I, both viscom students, have played key roles for our second task-

group’s visual map. We started the task from individual research and brought all

our ideas to the class in order to discuss with our group mates. The efficiency of

our discussion was high. At the end, our group adopted my concept as the major

idea of our infographic, however, still there are some elements needed to be

changed; for instance, I was proposing that the waste percentage could be shown

by using different size of the bins, after our group discussion, however, we

decided that rather then using different size for the bins to represent the waste

percentage, there will be a colour spectrum (red~green) covering on the areas we

researched. In other words, we decided to use colour to represent the waste

percentage instead.

So basically, the major map, with the waste colour spectrum, shows the five

major areas where we conducted our research.  It shows the main businesses

and also the major waste within the areas. There is still some space left at the

bottom of the map, however, since we haven’t yet decided what details are to be

put in so far, the space will be filled in later on.



Youtube 2010, T-Shirt Travels, viewed 31 August 2010, <;.
The garage sale trail 2010, viewed 20 August 2010 <>.

Waste in the city – week 4 (Seminar)

24 Aug

Week 4 Seminar


  1. Emma Synnott, Associate, Sustainability Group, Arup
  2. Dr Damien Giurco, Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS
  3. Jo Kellock, CEO,Council of Textile + Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA)
  4. Dr Helen Lewis, Founding Partner, Sustainable Packaging Alliance
  5. Stephen Ormandy, Director + Co-Founder, Dinosaur Designs

There were 5 speakers doing their presentations in the Seminar today, they using different perspectives through their professional knowledge to discuss about how it related to the waste issues existing in our society. In the seminar they covered quite a lot of interesting topics. Damien Giurco, he is a Research Director at the Institute for Sustainable Futures in UTS, The idea he suggests in his presentation is an ideal model for our society which is “Reduce better than Recycle”- Do not just reduce impact, aim to be restorative. I think what he says is really true. Since I was elementary student, school started to teach us how important recycling is, however, no one tell us reduce our daily waste is even efficiency for protecting our environment. I think what we doing now is “Treat the symptoms but not the root of the problem”. The most effective way is not recycling but reduce it.

Also, the packaging issues cause a lot of environmental problems. Helen Lewis, she is a Founding Partner in Sustainable Packaging Alliance. Her presentation is about “Sustainable Packaging”. In fact, many small business or big organization they are noticing the packaging issue and they also trying to minimizing product waste in order to help to reduce this problem. Some examples Helen mentioned in her speech are interesting. For instance- Target compostable carrier bag. Plastic bags are always a big problem for our environment, for the reason that it is cheap, convenient, and easy to carry but it is not easy to decompose in landfill. People increasingly realize how bad it impact on our environment. There has a good example that In Taiwan the government trying to reduce this plastic bags crisis. Since 2006, The Taiwanese government stipulates that the store can not provides plastic bags, consumer needs to prepare their own bag or if they really need bag they need to purchase from store, also, in some of the cities they only can use compostable bag as their garbage bag, it’s easy to purchase from the shop. In Australia, I notice there has many green bags selling in supermarkets or stores, but I found the most of people still using plastic bags. I think no matter what bag you are using even is plastic bag, “Reuse it”!!! it will helps a lot for reduce the plastic bags issue for our city.

Overall, The seminar was instructive especially for us who are currently doing the research about- the waste problems in our city area. It is a really interesting lesson that I think through their information we can have more thoughts about how the waste problems existing in our city.

Waste in the city- Research (Survey)

21 Aug

We creates the Survey form for our site reseach task, since my research area is at the Sydney fish market,those customers are the majority people in this area, thus, there has an another survey which targeted at customers/visitors in fish market.

Survey-  for the shops:

  • What do you throw into your rubbish bin?
  • What recycling facility do you have?
  • How often do you recycle? (Week)
  • What product do you recycle?
  • What percentage of your waste do you recycle?
<25% 50% ish 75%<
  • Do you ever put plastic bags/ Styrofoam in the recycling bin?
  • What products do you throw away the most?

(E.g. Food scraps, bottles, cardboard box, Styrofoam…etc.)

Survey- for visitors & customer:

  • As a customer/visitor, do you think the shops in sydney fish market doing well for recycling?
  • What sort of waste you think is the most serious issue within in the Fish market area?
  • Do you ever put plastic bags/ Styrofoam in the recycling bin?

Waste in the city – week 3 (PLASTIKI)

18 Aug

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Week 3 lab was a very special experience that we got a chance visited PLASTIKI

in the Maritime museum, this boat made of 12,500 plastic bottles and crossing

pacific from San Francisco and finally reached Sydney, It took PLSTIKI 154 days

to finished this challenge mission. They doing this were not just for fun but they

are trying to raise the plastics issues to remind people how serious the waste

problem existing in our world, also, they proved that products are reusable;

hence, I think it is possible that the global warming problem can be retarded if

everyone can pay more attention to the waste issues, reduce their daily waste,

recycle their trash, and also trying to reuse products. Moreover, designer also

playing an important role that if every designers can put more efforts and

trying to design a product that doesn’t need to be recycled but it can be reuse

which will be really help to ease off this serious issues.



There was an appealing advertising campaign made by BRITA, a German

company they are well-known of selling water filtration products. In 2008, they

raised this plastic water bottle campaign, the slogan says “last year 16 million

gallons of oil were consumed to make plastic water bottles.” Which they put up

the issue that the plastic water bottles is the most unnecessary waste products in

today’s society, but people still generated huge amount of plastic water bottles

every year. (In those 154 days PLASTIKI is above the sea, there have 9240

million plastics bottles were used in State).


This plastic water bottle issue is also motioned by Anne Leonard, in her short

film “The story of Stuff”. Which is really good to look at the issue from her

perspectives. “ The Story of Stuff” can be viewing via Youtube

<;. (21 minutes)

I’m not quite sure the motivation behind this BRITA campaign, were they really

care about this issue or they just wanted to build up their reputation in order to

take advantage from this?! However, I feel that we should focus on plastic waste

issues, try to figure out how can we reduce this serious problem. I think it will

be a good idea that reuses your plastic bottle; refills from water fountain or

always take your own drink bottle with you. We never knew that if we can save

one plastic water bottle, it would make a lot of differences for our environment.


For me, I am always bring my own drink bottle with me, which my bottle is the

bonus when I purchased the BRITA filters,  I think at this point BRITA is doing

well for the “mygreenbottle” concept, since a well-design bottle will makes

people want to “use” it more often, hence, and I guess it is also a kind of

marketing strategy for their company, but, it indeed, have some positive impacts

towards our environment.





Adventure Ecology 2010, PLASTIKI, viewed on 18th August 2010, <;.

Youtube 2010, Story of Stuff, Full Version; how things work, about stuff, viewed on 10th August 2010, <;.

(visual reference)- BRITA ad. campaign

Green Blog 2008, Plastic water bottle advertising campaign from Brita, viewed on 16th August 2010, <;.

Waste in the city (About research- Site revisit)

17 Aug

::week 2::

Research- site revisit (16th Aug 2010)

Where: Pyrmont Bridge Rd. & Bank St.

(This area is a combination of Business and Residences)

So far my research is focused on the fish market area, but I think it will be good idea to also include some records from surroundings. Therefore, I went back to Pyrmont Bridge Rd. & Bank St. (the fish market is located on the corner of these two streets) to see if I can dig up more useful information.

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Bank Street side: (a flyover above the Bank street)

  • Tram Stop
  • Pyrmont Concrete Plant
  • Channel 10
  • Cruises
  • City West Child Care Centre
  • Seafood suppliers
  • Food Services
  • Convenient Store
  • Restaurant
  • Residential Area

Pyrmont Bridge Road:

  • Commercial Design Centre
  • Park
  • Scrap Place (metals: ship, trashes: bottle, paper…etc.)
  • Concrete Batching Plant
  • Residential Area

This area is a traffic artery with many trucks and cars especially in the business hours. Although this area is mix business & residential area but I couldn’t see many people walk on the street, also there has not many rubbish bin on the street, but I could see some of plants and business they have own big rubbish bins inside their place.