Since 2014, I’ve been involved in the Remakery project, an innovative new community project which is currently renovating a disused underground car- park in Brixton to create a new co-working and educational space for up-cycling waste materials. I have helped to redesign their front facade and incorporate branded signage, as well as restoring and renovating furniture for the integrated cafe and workspace.
Working as a design consultant with Unwork, I prepared some graphics and images for the 2014 global report on Food and the Workplace.
Working in Collaboration with Nice Spread ( Jess Meek and Ed Attlee), we made a suitcase-based installation for the Nice Spread 24 Hour Art Event at the Bussey Building. Focussing on Claustro-urbanism, and the increasing intensity of our physical surroundings, this Suitcase City structure formed the backdrop for a series of discussions, film screenings and talks around the subject of Skin and the City.
REMIX 2012: at the Frameless Gallery:
An exhibition and exploration of a new set of tools that allow us to remix physical objects ourselves and reinterpret our surroundings.
In a London where one in four meals are takeaways and more than 23 million portions of Chicken Tikka Masala are consumed annually, Fast Food Farm proposes a new sustainable food and transport infrastructure that integrates the mothballed Mail Rail Line with a series of site specific food production units, creating inhabited, industrialised monuments to agriculture, which produce and distribute ready-made meals tailored to the city’s needs.
Exploring the relationship between the consumer and commuter, the Fast Food Farm develops the possibility of reciprocity between sustainable food provision and instant gratification. Utilising latent heat and energy from the city’s underground transport network, the Fast Food Farm grows crops within an entirely responsive cyclical system, providing nutrition for the city’s inhabitants while responding exactly to their requirements.
Manifesting the contradictions between iconic urban architecture, commuter transportation and necessary nourishment, the Fast Food Farm embodies the universal themes of pleasure, profit and social responsibility, creating a series of spatial elements which provoke debate about contemporary urban planning and the future of food. Inherently optimistic, this project balances real world concerns with dystopic fantasy.
Working in Delhi gave me an insight into life in India’s most eclectic immigrant city. Documenting everyday life as part of the SARAI Institute for the Study of Developing Societies I was exposed to some of the city’s most extreme environments.
Shortlisted by Sustain 2012, I set up a series of interactive exhibitions showcasing the Fast Food Farm project as an integrated food supply system, using the iconic London Underground map to illustrate the hidden potential of the city’s infrastructure.
Exploiting the nostalgia surrounding the soon-to-be obsolescent carbon based generating and transmission provides an opportunity to ‘generate’ heritage as well as encourage energy consumption; here at the boundary between fabrication and stimulation lies an alternative approach to preservation.
A partnership between English Heritage and the National Grid results in the redevelopment of traditional power station complexes to embody the encouragement of energy consumption while simultaneously creating nostalgia for the carbon dependent 20th century. As centrally generated power succumbs to growth in sustainable distributed generation, shifting the balance between global and local, this project explores how architecture can be manipulated to culturally curate the past. A program combining leisure activity with social responsibilities juxtaposes the needs of transient visitors and existing communities, and embodies a series of universal themes, from pleasure to profit in a series of follies and spatial insertions into the recently mothballed Barking Power Station.