Adventurous Upcrafting Ventures

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Since 2015, the Research Institute of Organic Treasures
(R.I.O.T.) has combined fermentation practices and social
experimentation in Hong Kong to give biological byproducts
from human and urban metabolisms a regenerative
purpose. Here putrescible wastes emitted from our kitchens,
toilets, and bodies are considered our most foundational
design material that contributes to a “world of eaters”
(DuPuis, 2015). In this applied design work, the concept of
upcycling is socio-materially extended into shared forms
of upskilling, and therefore referred to as upcrafting. In
an effort to combine practical outcomes with long-term
welfare creation, R.I.O.T. brings together laypersons, natural
scientists, and artists, into open-ended explorations of
alternative knowledge and change making, or what Melanie
DuPuis calls “extended peer communities” (ibid: 155).
Original languageEnglish
Article number
JournalCubic Journal
VolumeDesign Social
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018


  • Urine fermentation
  • Generative vulnerability
  • Radical homemaking
  • Risky collaborations
  • EID


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