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  • Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) 525 S Hewitt Street Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States (map)

JUNK BATTLE! brings the County’s design and architecture students together to focus on one of LA’s toughest challenges: what to do about mountains of waste.

“Imagine TED meets architecture-and-design studio meets hackathon meets innovation black belts,” says Creative Director John Bielenberg, “and you’ve just imagined what JUNK BATTLE! can be.”

Case study: UCLA

A UCLA case study highlights the challenge. The university purchases close to a billion dollars’ worth of goods every year, a large percentage of which winds up in area landfills. UCLA targets a zero-waste goal by 2020. But to reach it, they have to change the game.

So we’re bringing LA County’s architecture and design community together with experts on waste and recycling to take on Big Junk.

Unfolding in architecture and design programs across LA County over the first half of the year, JUNK BATTLE! culminates in a blow-out competition April 20, 2:00 –6:30, at the LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI) in the downtown Arts District. Specialist symposium follows (date TBD) in collaboration with UCLA.

The combination of events focuses popular attention on the problem, and convenes leading specialists to produce next-step solutions.