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Metis: An Urban Refinery by Ava Shirley

Metis is a speculative response to how our affluent society, which increasingly champions a superficial notion of recycling, might integrate industrial infrastructure within urban settings enabling dual purpose community benefit. The project is sited at the threshold between two supermarket conglomerates. Initially a symbiotic relationship, over time Metis takes on a subtly parasitic role with its host distributors of waste.

The technologically optimistic approach includes an evolving façade, printed from the plastics refined on site. This ongoing process confronts the bland ubiquity and conformity of the neighbouring goliaths whose warehouse architecture and business models diminish the urban experience and environment simultaneously. As the tallest tower in Newcastle, Metis is a beacon which critiques our community’s avoidance and denial of the plastic waste we produce.