Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000) dares you to say his name three times fast. He was an Austrian artist and architect who defied straight lines, designed buildings with “tree tenants” occupying entire rooms, and liked to lecture in the nude.
His vision was of a world where humans, buildings, and the environment all work together to support one another. He planned buildings with planted gardens growing on the roof, and designed the Maishima Incineration Plant in Osaka, Japan where they turn human biosludge (poop) into slag (a building material). In his Sacred Shit Manifesto he wrote:
Shit turns into earth which is put on the roof
it becomes lawn, forest, garden
shit becomes gold.
The circle is closed,
there is no more waste
Shit is our soul
Check out Hundertwasser’s Holy Shit and Humus Toilet, or some of these links for more information:
The Hundertwasser official website. Loads of info, including pictures and manifesto texts.
A Kiwi environmental/consciousness blog that contains the text: ” The Paradise Destroyed by the Straight Line.”
And on the sanitation site in Japan:
This guy toured the domestic trash and sewage waste sites, and wrote up an article about it. The Puru hopes to do the same one day soon.
This comprehensive Hundertwasser blog offers some video and pictures of the facilities in Osaka.
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