looking for discarded materials!


After I got $0 vacuum, I keep try to find other discarded materials!


I found discarded television, toaster, stereo, and so forth! Actually it is not  quite difficult to find discarded electronic materials than I thought! I think if the discarded material you want has wheel, that will benefits you to carry to school! Today while I took a picture for this red sofa, I drop my cell phone on the ground!! And the glass was broken, and my heart was broken, too……OMG :'(((

In addition, I want to share one Taiwanese song with you , called “I LOVE YOU, JOHN(JUNK).” haha, it’s cool!

I love you, John

Cory Arcangel at the Whitney

Artist Cory Arcangel has work in the Whitney Museum of American Art until September 11th. The work on display celebrates low-technology at its finest. The exhibition ends soon, so our class should really make an effort to see it before it comes down!

scavenging for scrapyard

I after taking note of the trash piles around my direct neighborhood, I realized my trash was incessantly picked over. Therefore, I devoted a night to riding around Williamsburg with Kate Watkins in search of the best discarded junk. Here, and in Greenpoint, there are many industrial buildings that have been transformed into studios, so there’s a plethora of raw materials.

In one of the first alleys we stopped in off Frankin Ave, we started opening dumpsters only to find them empty. We must have seeed curious to the people hanging around because we got many inquiries as to what we were doing. When we explained to one gentleman our mission, he ran upstairs and handed over a printer that he was planning on throwing out. To heavy to carry on our bikes, we picked it up the next day.

As we continued to ride around, on North 15th and Wythe I spotted a what initially looked like a took kit. Upon further inspection, it turned out to be an old hot plate with motors. We then took a southern route, stopped around N.8th and found HUGE dumpsters with tons (figuratively) of scrap wood, cement blocks and metal rails. fail. We checked around a computer repair store and only found bags of trash and old iced coffees. Then, as we turned a corner, Kate spotted a a printer planted in a little nook in the wall. We snagged it and walked it home.

From checking out some sanitation sites, my apartment and immediate neighborhood (Greenpoint)has trash pickup Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and recycling Wednesdays. In Williamsburg the trash is collected Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, with recycling on thursdays. However, none of our treasures were discovered amongst the trash, rather just randomly plotted on the streets. Overall, I would say it was a success with a lot of great materials for our upcoming project.

I almost forgot, heres a link to MY MAP

wk 1 readings

It was helpful to read the background on the Scrapyard Challenges. I had been initially interested in the class from an appropriation/re-using standpoint, and also provide low-cost ways and require little prior experience to physical computing. I realyy liked seeing the parallels drawn between these workshops and larger themes of of DIY, hacking and pop culture because solutions and exciting results come from innovation. I like that many of the prior challenges had slight tweaks on the requirements (some wearable, some from direct environment) and was really impressed and also kind of intimidated by some of the projects–for example the beat-scratching hard drive and the bottle violin–I’m not even sure I fully understand how that works, but totally cool. The low-tech high-tech article brought is hysterical! As consumers, have we become lazy in efficiency? I think that in many ways, beyond the simple idea of carrying a reusable water bottle, there is no sense of precycling. I can also not remember the last time i check out a book from the library….

williamsburg : trash cycle map

I first walked around my apartment building and searched for junk. I got lucky and found an Apple webcam, earbud headphones and a battery. Also, I noticed that the trash was out on the street Monday, Wednesday and Friday night, in order to be picked up early in the morning.


Here’s a link to with more info about my trash collection : 184 Kent

Elizabeth Clare and I both live in Williamsburg, so we decided to ride our bikes around the neighborhood and see what we could find. When we were heading towards Greenpoint, we met a friendly artist who gave us a printer (Franklin + Oak St). He’s eager to find out what our class ends up making with his printer.


We found a hotpot on 15th St. between Wythe + Banker.


We didn’t collect any junk from a dumpster, but we did look!


On our way back we found another printer..


Here is my map :  Google Map  [zoom in to see the images]

readings : week 1

7 Overrated Technologies and their Underrated Low-Tech Alternatives

I thought this was an interesting article because it points out how newer technologies are useful, but not necessarily the only way of maintaining green solutions. Libraries are now being utilized by fewer and fewer people because of the rise in E-books, Kindle etc. Electronic books are environmentally friendly, save space and extremely convenient. The only time I read E-books is when I’m traveling, otherwise I like having the physical book because it makes it easier and more enjoyable for me to read. Since there’s such a wide variety of books at Bobst NYU Library and other Parsons’ Libraries, I always check out before thinking to purchase the electronic version.

When I lived in San Francisco, I normally drove my car over riding my bike. A lot of it had to do with the hills and feeling unsafe. Since I moved, I have been riding my bike almost every day. The only time I ever miss having a car is when I’m not on my bike. It really is the best way to go places, especially in Brooklyn. I support newer technologies that offer greener alternatives to transportation, but Hybrid cars for example, are expensive and not easy to maintain.

Compost disposal is way more prevalent in California because the garbage trucks pick up 3 separate trash bins per house : regular trash, recycling and compost. Composting machines aren’t necessary because the city provides a bin for each residence or business. I was kind of surprised when I got to NY and found out that this disposal wasn’t available and only trash and recyclable waste were picked up.

Lessons from the Scrapyard : Creative Uses of Found Materials within a Workshop Setting

Junk Search

I figured I might as well put this up here since I can update it as I go. Though I haven’t had much luck yet.

Junk Map

So far it’s been mostly trash and recycling with some old furniture.
Maybe I’ll have more luck in my family’s neighborhood when I go visit for Labor Day. I remember people in that neighborhood often throwing stuff out that worked just because it was old.

I’ll just keep updating the map as time goes on and we’ll see what happens.

oops! I got one $0 vacuum yesterday!

Hello all,

Yesterday I saw one discarded vacuum on the street,  then I took it home!! hahaha 😀

When I got home and took the elevator, one of our residents told me that, “I have the same vacuum machine, and it is really useful.” I could not tell her that what she saw was one broken vacuum machine that I just grabbed on the street.

This is my first experience! How embarrassed but excited at the same time!!  But I just wonder that whether vacuum is great component to collect? In addition, I think there are three items I must take while I map my neighborhood and collect! That will be mask, student id, which is to show my motivation is for assignment :'(, and screwdriver likes the man, who was taking apart something that I TOTALLY had no idea! so professional!


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