A chain of recycling plastic clusters embedded in the town center [of Heerlen]
In a world where a lot of cities are flourishing and developing, other towns are forgotten and are gradually drowning into an unknown future due to their post-industrial trauma!
Due to closure of the coal mines industry in Heerlen lots of people lost their jobs and decided to leave Heerlen. The decline of population and economy resulted in a lot of vacant housing and retail. Through a minimalistic architecture this project syncs the upcycling of plastic with new efforts of the nearby giant DSM corporation that is planning to become future proof. Redundant and rundown retail spaces have been strategically transformed in order to also involve the public in the upcycling of plastic waste.
This project is a call to rethink about these small vacant retail spaces by creating new typologies that will provide new opportunities in the towns center an dymatize it.
For more information : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5eSSU2lSKw&t=21s