Wasteland. From Waste to Architecture

Wasteland. From Waste to Architecture

Posted on May 10, 2017 by content

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Authorship: Wasteland is curated by Lendager Group and developed in collaboration with Danish Architecture Center. The exhibiton is funded by Realdania, Dreyers Fond og Statens Kunstfond.
Location: Danish Architecture Center
Year: 2017
Photography: Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST

Imagine a world with no resource scarcity.
A world where our consumption, production, and buildings do not negatively impact our climate.
A world where waste does not exist and economic growth and sustainability are each other’s prerequisites – not opposites.

That world is real.

My name is Anders Lendager. I am the founder of Lendager Group, a company where sustainability and growth are each other’s prerequisites.
Modern cities stand as proof of mankind’s great achievements. Raised, renovated and expanded in a time of seemingly infinite resources and production possibilities. Old and natural has been replaced with new and artificial – and what used to be local is now global.

At what cost?
The built environment has left an enormous ecological footprint responsible for 40% of global carbon emissions alone, while natural resources are becoming increasingly scarce.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
In fact, together we can reach for the stars and recycle our resources to the highest value possible, making sure that our buildings become part of the solution to our global challenges – not the problem as they are today.

Let me give you one example. Upcycle House is an ordinary house built for the modern family. It is functional, beautiful and priced according to benchmark. The only thing separating it from a regular house is the fact that we built it based on the principle that waste is more. Using only upcycled materials without compromising on price, aesthetics or functionality we managed to produce 86% less CO2 in its construction. And on top of that, we made it energy-neutral.

Now try to imagine how much we could cut down our total CO2 emissions if we reached for the stars and employed the principles of circular economy in manufacturing and the built environment on a global scale. In OECD countries alone it would mean a reduction of 479 thousand tons of CO2; that is more than twelve times the amount of Denmark’s total emissions.
All it takes is a change of mindset. In Wasteland, our sustainable world of tomorrow, we show you ours.
We see the built environment as part of the solution. Through innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration buildings and cities can help mitigate the massive global climate challenges we are facing.

The world is full of building materials – concrete, brick, wood, plastic, glass and metal – that can be recirculated and become new materials with new functions and increased value, over and over again. In that way, local is global. The resources we need are already available. There is no need for the extensive use of virgin materials transported from afar.
Looking at waste as a resource changes the game for good. And can I let you in on a secret? It’s good business. In fact, it is an opportunity of a lifetime for our society. We can cater to the growing demand decoupled from materialization by circulating resources instead of just throwing valuable resources away, as we do today. So let’s be smart and start creating cities and buildings that utilize and value all their resources whether it be nature, culture, people, energy or all the materials we currently throw away as waste. Because doing so enables us to create cities and buildings that enhance biodiversity and sustainable growth and improve the quality of life for our growing population – making buildings and cities a part of the solution.

We hope you will join us on the journey towards a sustainable, prosperous future for all.

Welcome to Wasteland, where waste is transformed into wealth.


On January 26, 2017 Danish Architecture Center in Copenhagen (DAC) opened Lendager Group’s exhibition Wasteland – from waste to architecture.
The exhibition takes its point of departure from current global and local challenges, including the fact that global population is currently growing by 5 school classes pe