Atolls of Waste: Landscape Investigations of Waste Networks in Maldives

By Venkata Krishna Kumar Matturi and Naz Beykan.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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The intensifying extreme weather events and sea level rise triggered by climate change pose a major threat to the survival of the Maldives. However, more imminent concern has been its land reclamation using trash due to the scarcity of land. Policies and programs directed towards addressing the issue of solid waste management in the Maldives have so far yielded mixed results. A methodological approach through the agency of design to redefine the question of waste and its discourse in the Maldives offers a comprehensive critical analysis of waste in the island nation. The study investigates the socio-cultural, ecological and political notions and their significance in the country going beyond the usual parameters of collection, recycling and management of solid waste. This paper identifies the intrinsic relationships of waste to larger material flows and politics; and offers interventions to address the compounding issue of waste and beyond.

Keywords: Maldives, Waste Management, Material Flows, Flows, Islands

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.15-27. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 853.085KB).

Venkata Krishna Kumar Matturi

Research Assistant, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

Naz Beykan

Teaching Fellow, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA