Transparent bin

Transparent Bin, in Cubbon Park, Bengaluru, India by Designer Natasha Sharma. 




Critique, Thesis project Urban Poetics

Site: Cubbon Park, Bangalore, India






Cubbon park is the largest green lung of Bengaluru, giving it the identity of 'The Garden City'. The park has more than 70 bins of different shapes and sizes installed at different spots. Regardless, what comes to notice is the 3 feet radius of trash thrown around the bin, or the trash thrown behind the tree, under the bench or swept to the corners where it is not visible. Then what role does a bin play in public spaces?


To me, It becomes an artifact of public behavior. This intervention attempted to respond and critique the role of a bin in public spaces. Using the bin as a point of encounter between people and their trash, the bin was made completely transparent making trash visible. It was installed  right opposite a regular opaque bin emphasizing to look again. 


This intervention created a social and visual dialogue with this object of utility and indicated how design triggers specific ways of enacting the society. 




 On site:

“The city is just like a transparent dust bin” 


“No one would spit in it, don't want this activity to be exposed “ 


“People will be more cautious of where they throw“ 


"its inspiring, shows people actually do use the bin“ 


"its a modern outlook"


"The aesthetic beauty of the park goes” 


" At least it indicates that the dust bin is full"


"I think this idea of making the waste visible is a brilliant idea. To me, the dirty economic is also being made visible. Non-serious management of waste is another example of externalizing the ecology. Expose it. Also, visible waste is a great reminder of our consumption." Pradeep Saha, Damage control
"This is a design that makes the public self-responsible of their own trash, I think its important to look at design from this angle"        Amit Mirchandani, Design Director at Lucid design

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