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Wasted Food x Wasted Space: A Morning Dialogue Over Breakfast

Part of the ETH Zurich Future Garden and Pavilion program

8–9 AM Free yoga by (BYO-Mat)
9–10 AM Roundtable Dialogues

In line with the exhibition theme “Building from Waste,” miLES, PareUp, and ETH Zurich will host a morning dialogue over a breakfast made of (still delicious) foods salvaged from local cafés. The discussion topics will be curated by facilitators in a round table format, with six to eight participants discussing each topic. The dialogue is meant to be an inspirational, light, and energizing way to start the morning with a group of individuals who are passionate about utilizing underused resources—be it underused spaces in the neighborhood, unconsumed food left to go to waste, and anything in between.

Final topics will be posted at each table, and the atmosphere of the event will be conducive for participants to meet and mingle with each other. At the end of the dialogue, we will share contact information so that participants continue their conversations or even collaborate on a project together. The possibilities are endless! RSVP here.

Roundtable Hosts:
Chris Chavez, Cofounder, Prime Produce
Jim Chu and Peter Knocke, Cofounders, Specials on C
Eric Ho, Founder, miLES
Andrew Karp, Director, Interface
Vivian Lo, Interaction Designer, and Warit Top Tulyathorn, Senior Environments Designer, IDEO
Paula Segal, Lead Facilitator, 596 Acres
Josh Treuhaft, Designer, Arup Foresight
Margaret Tung, Cofounder, PareUp
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ETH Zurich brings a cutting-edge artifact of the future to the East Village: a pavilion created from waste materials. Recasting “trash” as a valuable asset, ETH Zurich Future Garden and Pavilion will redefine the notion of waste, acknowledging its value as a resource from which new cities can rise.

Waste belongs neither to the family of natural resources nor to the category of finished products. It has, until now, been a by-product—an (ideally) invisible part—of our cities. Featuring discarded beverage cartons as its construction material, the expressive roof structure will visually float in the narrow slot of the First Street Garden. The shape of the vault has been designed such that the stresses in the structure will be predominantly compressive, allowing the weak product to act as a structural material.

Over the course of three days, the ETH Zurich Future Garden and Pavilion will host events, workshops, and an exhibition outlining the future metropolis. Food and drinks will be provided by Café Select. Check back for updates on programming, times, and more information about how to RSVP here: / #ETHMeetsYou

Participating Organizations: ETH Zurich, miLES, PareUp

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