What is the future of the gas station?
When fossil fuels are burned, they release large amounts of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into the air. Greenhouse gases trap heat in our atmosphere, causing global warming.
Fossil fuel companies remain huge polluters, producing and selling fossil fuel products while scientists say we need a mass switch to renewable energy and efficiency.
For decades, the gas station has been a staple of urban. We can find them sit on street corners, city centers, and neighborhoods. Different from other buildings, the architectural feature of the gas station is uniform, and it is easy for us to recognize its existence in the city. In some ways, it has become a landmark in our lives.
The conversion of gas stations is not a new notion. Over time, we have seen them evolve into restaurants, basketball courts and charging stations.
However, these are only discrete solutions to the slow abandonment of a single gas station. As gas stations become increasingly obsolete, the opportunity for a systemic approach, can lead to solutions that address our larger societal challenges like climate change and perhaps play a role in the transition to renewable energy.
Circular model showing how waste can ultimately be used to create green energy.
Experimental location: Yonghe District, New Taipei City