ARCHITECTURAL 3D BENCH
Valeria Fernández Maldonado
Turning Cigarette Butts Into Park Benches | National Geographic
Everyday we discard 1 kilogram of trash for every habitant, we are 4,199,292 habitants in Monterrey (the third biggest city in the country). Trash is one of the starter points and sources of infections, illnesses, and environmental pollution. The problem in this city, and definitely is in other cities too, is that the streets are full of trash. To be more specific, cigarette butts are constantly thrown on the streets rather than thrown to the cigarette waste receptacles. If the tobacco is eaten by children or animals, it can potentially cause fatal poisoning. Some effects are nausea, respiratory arrest, and even comma and seizures. It is time for the smokers to become more responsible and help the community by leaving the streets clean. Dropped cigarette butts have also caused building fires, but most of all, huge forest fires. My project plan is to create a architecturalcollaborative bench, in which part of the design is glass and can be used as a container for cigarette waste. As the glass container fills up, the design will become much more clearer. The purpose for this 3D bench is to teach people to stop throwing cigarettes on the streets and/or environment. This is a tempting and fun activity, but the streets fill up . One cigarette butt at a time. With this project, the citizens will now be placing cigarette butts into the bench, and creating filling up the design. But in reality, they are also helping the community become cleaner. This architectural design will not give out a negative message, it is not meant to encourage others to smoke more, the design is meant to blend in with nature.
#1 Ballot Bin:
-This ashtray is an easily changeable sign that can have questions written on with magnetic letters or dry-wipe marker.
-A voting system encourages use of the ashtray, users vote by simply dropping their cigarette butt into one of the two bins.
-The ashtray is secured by two locks on the side.
-Once unlocked, the bins can be easily removed for emptying and cleaning, and the sign can be changed or updated.
-The ashtray can be mounted to any railing or pole, or even directly onto a wall.
-The questions can be easily changed by the Ballot Bin owner. They can be funny, topical, provocative or whatever works for your audience.
-Smokers find these ashtrays much more engaging than the alternatives and are more likely to use them.
“Independent evaluation shows the Ballot Bin reduces cigarette butt litter by 46%.”
#2 palm sized, portable ashtray:
-Butt pollution is best solved directly with smokers themselves
-Made of heat resistant ABS plastic
-Lasts about 12 months and is reusable for that time.
-Shaped like butt(ocks) it hopefully encourages the correct disposal of these pesky pollutants, biodegradable
#3 ash receptacles
-Ash receptacles at all entry/exit points of buildings, at bus stops, and other areas where people frequently need to discard their cigarettes.
-According to Keep America Beautiful, which is conducting a scientific study on cigarette littering behavior, these “Transition Points” are the places smokers need to discard their cigarettes before entering buildings or getting on a bus.
-Once installed, these receptacles need to be monitored and maintained regularly;
-Once smokers become accustomed to using these receptacles you may need to add more to keep up with the cigarette waste being properly discarded.
-Studies show that more ashtrays help.
|Do you smoke?||
|What do you smoke?||
Classic tobacco 17
Electronic cigarettes 3
I don’t smoke 0
|Do you often smoke in the park, street, bus stops, etc? If so where most often?||
1 Yes in the park
2 i dont go to bus stops but outside my house and sometimes the park
3 I smoke in miradores so that can be considered the street. There are not cigarette litters in these areas.
5 I don’t smoke in any mentioned areas, only in my house or my friends house, but a lot of people go to the park or street to smoke and throw it to the ground.
7 Street and Park.
8 Yes mostly the park
9 Outside my house
10 I usually smoke with my friends in the park or in their houses
11 I do smoke in the park and in the street but I do not go to bus stops
12 I smoke mostly in my car and honestly, I do throw them to the streets.
13 The park
14 Only at parties in the garden and sometimes outside the streets
15 I smoke anywhere but I do not litter since its electric
16 I often smoke in the park
17 I smoke electronic cigarettes in my house or at parties
19 I smoke in the park, house, and car
20 Everywhere, any place that has a smoking area
21 I usually smoke at night in the park
|How many cigarettes do you smoke in a day?||
Electronic cigarettes 3
1 – 5 8
5 – 10 4
10 – 20 6
20 – 30 0
30 – 40 0
More than 40 (Please state how many) 0
|Do you have good accessibility to cigarette butt litters?||
|Do you consider cigarette filters as litter||
Did you know that cigarettes are the most littered item on earth and contain more than 7,000 chemicals, such as arsenic (used to kill rats) and formaldehyde (used to preserve dead animals, and humans, too).
Littered cigarette butts leach toxic chemicals into the environment and can contaminate water. The toxic exposure can poison fish, as well as animals who eat cigarette butts.
Kind of 15
|Do you think that more accessibility and quantity of ashtrays will help prevent this form of litter?||
- Existing Conditions
Small glass structure
Resting and easy access to cigarette littering
- Neighborhood Context
Since its a round about the streets will be much cleaner and the island itself
Tree in the middle
Metal doors for cleaning the inside
Sage and clean
Clean cigarette butts and the environment of the San Pedro de Pinta
DIAGRAMS AND IMAGES
MEASURMENTS AND MATERIAL
- Glass (Flexible Glass)
- Thickness of 1 inch
- Concrete (Painted Red)
- Height of 65 inches
- Sitting access of 18 inches
- No sitting access of 47 inches
- Base Level 1 radius of
- Base Level 2 radius of
- Base Level 3 radius of
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