participant exhibitor at Seoul Biennale 2019

Stage: LIVE  september 7 - november 10

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Type: exhibition / research & development

Size: A0 Poster

We were invited to present an innovative proposal for future-London at the Seoul Biennale 2019, and were tasked to respond to the brief "London is a smart city". Our agenda tackles the huge issue of waste in cities, and the concerns for humanity to achieve a sustainable relationship with our planet. 

Read about it in the most recent edition of  CITIZEN MAGAZINE  "All Shook Up"


Proposal / Concept:

The UK produces around 27 million tonnes of household waste per year, equal to around 400kg of waste per person each year. But we are also wasting 400kg of data.


If we track, analyse and understand the waste of citizens, we gain a far more honest insight of what they are consuming, wasting or replacing. It can also help us to understand how people change their behaviour in response to different conditions (social, economic or physical) such as food shortages, price changes and marketing campaigns - future archaeology.

With data we move from knowing the quantitative amounts, to understanding the qualitative. This becomes a powerful tool for designers and planners when considering the future of the city and how we live.


Our proposal rethinks our attitude toward waste at three scales:

  • Personal - decentralising waste management, and introducing a waste-based type of currency for exchanges & benefits, such as TfL credits.

  • Neighbourhood – turning future redundant parking bays & abandoned spaces into multi-functional waste-based hubs

  • City - generating live data to inform policy-decisions and as an essential tool for the design of new infrastructure, amenities or urban centres.

We foresee a future where automated and shared vehicles have lightened the demand for London’s parking, freeing up ‘micro-sites’ in London’s boroughs. We propose a series of parking-bay sized units combining small-scale recycling with facilities for compressing waste, producing energy and – crucially – data analysis.


Over time we envisage a proliferation of parking-bay sized units hosting a variety of activities (including research, design and communal cooking) which feed into the waste-based economy. These units would be located across the city, reducing the burden on waste services and creating a decentralised network of community hubs.

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Participating practices are from London:

Weston Williamson + Partners - London is…a polycentric city
Foster + Partners - London is…a city to converse in
PiM Studio - London is…a city to be a child in
Studio Egret West - London is…a city to grow in
8FOLD - London is…a smart city
dRMM - London is…a city to live in
5th Studio - London is…a city to work in
Assemblage - London is…a city to get lost in
IF_DO - London is…a city to connect in
Hildrey Studio - London is…a city to be heard in