Ieva Sau­dar­gaitė

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Sau­dar­gaité is a Beirut-based Lithua­nian-le­banese ar­chi­tect and pho­tog­ra­pher. Af­ter earn­ing her bach­e­lor’s de­gree in ar­chi­tec­ture, she has moved on to work with a num­ber of ar­chi­tec­ture firms and her pho­to­graphs have been fea­tured in both na­tional and in­ter­na­tional publi­ca­tions. She also con­trib­utes ar­ti­cles regularly to a num­ber of publi­ca­tions.

The trash cri­sis is just the tip of the ice­berg of the mul­ti­ple fac­tors that have led to it, and should be tack­led on many fronts. One such front is the en­force­ment of a na­tional re­cy­cling pol­icy and the con­struc­tion of an in­fra­struc­ture that will al­low for that along with the build­ing of plants that can process waste to energy (we have a 25 year old energy cri­sis to re­solve too). Another front, a much greater one to sur­mount, is the cul­ture of cor­rup­tion, which takes the na­tion 10 steps back the mo­ment it moves one step for­ward. No one sim­plis­tic so­lu­tion is an an­swer. But as a de­signer, and some­body whose per­cep­tion of the world was greatly in­flu­enced by ar­chi­tec­ture school, I would like to wit­ness the cul­ture of re­cy­cling, smart con­sump­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal preser­va­tion be­come part of the ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme across schools, univer­si­ties and house­holds. Fur­ther­more, univer­si­ties should re­cy­cle re­gard­less of whether the rest of the na­tion is fol­low­ing suit, and be­come lab­o­ra­to­ries in ma­te­rial ex­per­i­men­ta­tion thus pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity for en­gi­neer­ing and de­sign stu­dents to learn more about and cre­ate novel ma­te­ri­als. The lo­cal ac­tors in the de­sign scene are flu­ent in con­crete, mar­ble and me­tal, but there is def­i­nitely room for it to ven­ture out into un­known ter­ri­tory.

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