|The Rinse Cycle: Re-stereotype Proposal of Gas Stations
Gas stations are soon to become an urban artifact of the past in our current climate emergency. Taking advantage of their ubiquity throughout Australia, we propose to re-stereotype the “servo”, as a cleaning, productive member of the suburb.
Melbourne alone has 649 fuel stations, a quarter of which are contaminated by fossil fuels and hydrocarbons. Furthermore, lone households have become the predominant type within the suburb of Rowville.
A laundromat is installed in the service station to combat social disconnection; additionally, the gray water from the initial rinse cycles is retained and reused in a process of “soil washing” to decontaminate the site.
This proposal takes advantage of a dissolving icon – the service station – and subverts its inherent characteristics in service of the community. In doing so, it acknowledges the layers of narratives embedded not only within its silhouette, but also in place. From a simple anecdote, an everyday ritual becomes a communal contribution towards the regeneration of place, suburb and ultimately prospective neighborhoods on our suburban fringe. Ultimately, this is a proposition which hopes to achieve something greater than the sum of its parts.
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