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January 27, 2020

Forum piece at the Journal of Industrial Ecology

LCAart's Matt Eckelman and Michelle Laboy co-authored an article titled LCAart: Communicating Industrial Ecology at a Human Scale  in the prestigious Journal of Industrial Ecology.

February 22, 2019

LCAart featured in a conference about the most relevant C words in our work

Ph.D. candidate Robert Philips presented our work at the Climate Change / Crisis / Creativity Conference at Northeastern University, organized by the NULab for Texts Maps and Networks with the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, the Humanities Center, the Department of English, and the Global Resilience Institute.

November 18, 2017

Exhibit: Footprints of Everyday Things

Our work was exhibited at West Village H Gallery of Northeastern University from November 18, 2017 through March 19, 2018.

June 29, 2017

Embodied in Chicago ISIE / ISSST conference

Matt Eckelman and Michelle Laboy presented a poster titled “An Artistic Take on Embodied Resources” at the 2017 Joint Conference of the International Society of Industrial Ecology and the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology. The conference focused on Science in Support of Sustainable and Resilient Communities. took place at the University of Illinois in Chicago in June 2017.

To their surprise, the final speech by the president of ISIE Edgar Hertwich featured the LCAart giant balloon image, celebrating this creative way of presenting IE work, and urging for more collaborations like this!

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The LCAart project

We aspire to help everyone create a more sustainable and resilient environment. To communicate the impact of our daily decisions on Earth's ecosystems, the LCAart project translates life cycle assessment data, which is often difficult to visualize, into images of everyday life.


The impact of resource extraction and material production can be seen in landscapes of quarries, mines, harvested forests and water bodies, but the direct connection between these resources and our objects of everyday life is obscured and hidden by the distance between the spaces of extraction, production and consumption. The LCAart project uses the power of the image to make these connections more immediate and visible. 


We create absurd situations with the spaces and objects we live, work, play with and consume in our daily life to communicate a clear and poignant message, through the contrast of out-of-place or out-of-scale “stuff” against perfectly normal situations. We are working on a publication that will connect these and many other images with detailed explanations, mappings and quantitative data for the environmentally curious.


The team

Matthew Eckelman

LCAart founder

Life-Cycle Assessment

Michelle Laboy

LCAart founder

Art Creation

Production support

Carly Krotowski

2016-17 Production and Research Assistant

Former graduate architecture student at Northeastern University

Awesome cyclist in search for great photography shots around Boston

Now an architect in Oregon



College of Arts Media & Design

Northeastern University

Faculty Research and Creative Activity Grant

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