Murray Morra         


The Gallery of Wastewater

Antwerp, Belgium

Architecture (2020) 

This thesis investigates our relationship to, and management of, our bodily excretions, using this subject matter to open up a broader societal conversation about the long term consequences and trajectories of our contemporary hyper-individualism.

The thesis proposes a building that reveals this invisible infrastructure, allowing the individual to see their contribution to the collective and to reestablish a physical bodily connection to their natural 'waste'. Situated in the city center of Antwerp the main building stands as a research facility and wastewater treatment plant, determining new ways to turn our 'waste' into a valued commodity. The end structure is a large public toilet situated in a place for leisure - a waste landscape. This landscape is constructed from the nutrient-rich byproducts produced by the treatment plant.

The proposal is situated in Stadspark in the center of Antwerp. This site is the remanence of the old city wall and moat, which protected Antwerp and is where the cities excrement was dumped. This is just one of many post-industrial sites which are scattered around the city, each was elemental in the cities development but have now all been, or are planning to be, turned into city parks. By cosmetically beautifying over these sites, the city is denying these areas of their past. The thesis proposes this park be returned to its natural state of a waste landscape.

Also see:
Against Aseptic Corporeality