[Collected Material Dwelling #003]

[Collecting System] was set up at the University of Chicago, 2005. Unused material from the Smart Museum’s café and other campus locations were used to construct [Collected Material Dwelling #003]. [Collected System] was set up at the University of Chicago for collecting cardboard and PET-bottles.

[Collected Material Dwelling #003] was build and installed in relation to the exhibition "Beyond Green" at the Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, US.
This exhibition was organized by Stephanie Smith with ICI, and is traveling to mutliple venues through 2009:
06.10.05 - 15.01.06 Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, 02.02.06 - 07.05.06 Museum of Arts & Design, New York, US 01.11.06 - 17.12.06 University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California, US 02.02.07 - 15.04.07 Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, US 05.05.07 - 15.07.07 Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, US 14.09.07 - 02.12.07 Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana
, US, Museum London, London, Ontario, January 5 - March 16, 2008, Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford Hartford, Connecticut April 2‚ June 10, 2008, The Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College Portland, Oregon September 11, 2008 ‚ December 7, 2008, The DeVos Art Museum, Northern Michigan University Marquette, MI January 21 ‚ March 29, 2009.

[Collected Material Dwelling, #002] is a six-sided building with a water collecting roof, storage tank, and shower.

The roof gathers and funnels water to the storage tank. The storage tank is connected to the shower. It also has a tap.

Info about [Collecting System] in practice US and Chicago:

The collecting system in the United States is as complex as the landfill it tries to avoid. Each state and the cities or the counties in those states have different collecting system laws and programs in place. Large scale collecting system practices started with the passing of the Solid Waste Disposal Act. In 1965, the Clean Air Bill was enacted (made a law) and the Solid Waste Disposal Act is a Title II of that Bill. 1965-1976 was a period of research and development, states (with grant monies) created systems to process recovered components. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) 1970 was an amendment to the Solid Waste Disposal Act. The RCRA is still the standard law that federal and state guidelines follow for unused materials management practice. In 1976 the energy crisis further motivated lawmakers to look at unused materials as an energy source and create laws that required percentages of collected materials be used in new construction projects.

The City of Chicago’s official collecting system initiative is the Blue Bag Program. It is run by the Department of Streets and Sanitation. The program is only in place for residential buildings from single-family homes to four-unit apartment buildings, which totals approximately 650,000 household units. The unused material from apartment complexes that are five units or larger is handled by a private contractor. Residents put blue bags filled with materials for the collecting system in with their regular unused materials. The blue bags are separated from the unused materials at one of the four sorting centers in Chicago.


Despite a moratorium, the Calumet Landfill, the last active landfill inside Chicago operated by the conglomerate Waste Management, is still in operation.







A major component of Chicago’s waste handling comes from informal efforts. There are countless private scrappers in Chicago. They collect unused materials in trucks and shopping carts. Some of the materials are taken to private scrapyards where they are ground down into smaller pieces and then sold. Other items are taken to resale shops.

The claws of two large cranes lift salvaged metal onto a conveyor belt to a large machine that pulverizes everything. Scrappers take the metal they salvage to private companies like this one. They are paid upon delivery of the material. This makes scrapping a desirable way for illegal immigrants to have an income.




The bulldozer is moving expired gas canisters.








Calculations, templates, and drawings by Kazuya Nakamura
[Collecting Dwelling with Water Collecting Roof, Model]
[Collected Material Dwelling, #002], Mexico 2005