Author: Jitish Jain
Site Location: Delhi
Institute: College of Architecture – SVIT
Advisor: Prof. Sailesh Nair
E-waste poses a significant environmental challenge due to its non-biodegradable, toxic nature and widespread presence in ecosystems, impacting soil, air, water, and organisms. Electronic products also contribute to climate change. Manufacturing devices results in a carbon footprint, highlighting the need for eco-friendly processes and sustainable product lifecycles.
E-waste management involves proper disposal and handling of discarded electronics like phones, computers, and TVs. This includes collection, transportation, recycling, refurbishment, and environmentally conscious disposal.
In Delhi, adopting sustainable e-waste management yields advantages, such as enhancing the microclimate, reducing pollution, mitigating soil degradation, and potentially raising Yamuna River’s water level, affected by improper disposal. This approach benefits broader ecosystems and marine life. It emphasizes the intricate link between human activities, the environment, and species welfare.
The architectural intervention addresses e-waste management while providing experiential learning within a sustainable framework for local betterment. This multifaceted approach requires thoughtful design.
Architecturally, the intervention integrates e-waste collection, sorting, and recycling into urban spaces, serving as educational hubs. Interactive displays, workshops, and exhibitions offer insights into e-waste impacts and sustainability. This intervention blends functionality and sustainability by managing e-waste and offering educational and communal spaces, fostering awareness, participation, and positive local impact.
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