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Cathedrals for Garbage

Winfried Baumann

We tend not think about the waste created by our modern consumer society: millions of tons of garbage, slag, and tanks filled with waste oil left over after the refining process. But for more than thirty years, artist and social activist Winfried Baumann has encouraged us to think about just these things by making them the focal point of his sculptures and other large-scale installations.
            With Cathedrals for Garbage, Baumann presents an extensive series of cutting-edge concepts for the construction of waste-disposal plants and other solutions for dealing with the crushing volume of waste that could grow to threaten the survival of civilized society. Focusing on large urban spaces and drawing on his dual knowledge of architecture and art, Baumann makes a compelling argument for why urban planning must incorporate social responsibility.

380 pages | 616 color plates | 10 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2016

Architecture: European Architecture

Art: European Art

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Table of Contents

Bazon Brock
God as Toxic Waste
Harriet Zilch
On the Condition of Society
1.1 Worship and Reverence
1.2 Self-Organised Criticality
1.3 Erratic Boulders
2.1 Cathedrals for Garbage
Proportioning of waste dymps according to the schemes of proportion behind Gothic cathedrals and other religious buildings
2.2 Waste Architecture
                Designs for refuse dumps and waste disposal plans
2.3 Urban Mining Waste Dumps
Waste dumps for raw-material retrieval based on the schemes of proportion behind Gothic Cathedrals
2.4 Mega-Dumps
                Dumping facilities for mega-urban areas
2.5 Hazardous Waste Dumps
                High-security dumps for radioactive waste
2.6 Detroit is Everywhere
                Garbage dumps at the centre of urban areas
2.7 Nuclear Desasters
                Securing and marking areas exposed to nuclear radiation
Biography, Exhibitions

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