Trash to Treasure: Upcycling

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What’s it all about?

What happens when you put a permaculturally-trained architecture graduate onto a residential block and tell him to do whatever he wants to the place as long as it doesn’t cost too much? Get ready for a jam packed session of inspiring ideas of how to transform a typical suburban house into a more sustainable, more livable, more likable and more interesting place to call home – using mostly waste products. In a countdown of 10 small projects you’ll get a taste of what came out of a 2 year experiment in Brisbane to renovate a family home and achieve ‘net-positive’ development.

What will we cover?

The basics of net-positive development and sustainability in design and architecture will lead into an introduction to Humble Be Workshop, the breeding ground for the suburban experiment. Then you’ll be treated to guided tour of the best examples of what came out the other end – from a bicycle wheel + bamboo trellis, to a fridge-cum-fishpond, to a bathroom doorway made from deck timbers and a casement window – you’ll come away swimming in ideas for your own house and back yard.

Who will be teaching?

Kyle Bush is a current student of a Master of Landscape Architecture at RMIT who has tried his hand at building, permaculture, professional travel photography and university level design tutoring. Following a stint of study in the UK and travel around the world he came back to Australia and founded Humble Be Workshop, a design collective and platform for the dissemination of ideas around sustainable design and living. Melbourne now offers a new place to learn from a whole city of new people, and Laneway Learning offers the perfect forum to continue the discussion that was started in Brisbane with Humble Be Workshop.