Like in every other major city, Sao Paulo has to deal with waste on a massive scale. Studio Swine - founded by Japanese Architect Azusa Murakami and a British Artist Alexander Groves - created the project Can City, that works with this fact and that also presents a solution for this global problem. Studio Swine thought about a new destination for all this collected waste and created a technique to make aluminum objects. Eighty percent of waste is collected by so-called catadores or independent waste collectors who collect and dispose the waste.
Studio Swine used this waste for their Can Stools, which are simply made by melting aluminum cans. They use recycled vegetable oil collected from local cafes as a fuel and applied this on a sand surface composed of sand of local building sites in the shape of objects found on the streets.
This project suggests a future possibility where catadores can create unique design pieces and it also is an opportunity to make people think about the big problem of our trash-laden society.