John Locke

adaptive reuse, Green Design, Morningside Heights, Urban Design

Inflatable Dumpster

Well, this gives a whole new meaning to the term “dumpster diving.” In Morningside Heights, at 109th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, the New York-based architect John Locke, of the Department of Urban Betterment, has created “inflato dumpster,” a blow-up urban education classroom inside of a typical city dumpster.

The design team was inspired by the “contemporary fascination with transforming existing street structures into utilitarian spaces for habitation,” which led to their combining the seemingly invisible lightness of the inflatable material with the hard, gritty, steel dumpster.

More details on the inflatable dumpster


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