subversive inversions: socio-ecological architecture to (em)power publicness: an opportunity for awareness, education, and accountability, can a new waste management strategy hold space for the empowerment of the mauritian public?

Ecological destructions occur at large scale internationally, yet small island states such as Mauritius are the most at risk. Climate change is vastly caused by an unsustainable consumerist lifestyle and subsequent destruction of pollution of marine and terrestrial territories. To overcome such at an international level is complicated. Yet Mauritius at its scale, its historical context and given its traditional artefacts can provide a point of entry in socio-ecological design for a sustainable future on islands. Mauritius island boasts a multicultural population in a lush tropical climate resisting the harm of climate change. An African country by proximity with multicultural diaspora by adoption. It is architecturally made up of historic colonial towns and contemporary technological “smart-cities”: a disconnected interface. The present government emphasises the complex human-nature relation which all islands hold, through sustainability policies that remain unapplicable on public scale. Consistently, the rise in man-made and natural ecological disasters highlight the fragility of our ecosystem and the relationship between human living and the death of nature.
Thereafter, laws have been implemented to curb consumption of fossil fuels, plastic, and non-biodegradable waste. On an island doing “away” with waste is nearly impossible. Therefore, my interest within socio-ecological architecture is waste: its production and disposal through landfill. Landfilling is a waste of space as much as it is a space dedicated only to waste. This topic has been regulated as septic and lack the friction between its management and the public that produces it. Also, it highlights the need for an intersectional sustainability, where the identity of people and place generate a localised sustainable policy. Appropriately, in Port Louis, a historical capital that mitigates colonial, post-colonial democracy, and public interest, it is relevant to explore the investigation of publicness as a call for intersectional sustainable process.

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