"Wasteminster" thesis / research
Stage: Complete, 2017
Location: Soho in London, UK
President's Medal Nomination,
Wasteminster demonstrates how a new model for small-scale infrastructure can tackle urban food waste in London. Each year, our wasteful attitude results in an estimated one third of all food produced across the globe (1.3 billion tonnes worth around $1 trillion) ends up rotting in the bins of consumers and retailers, or spoiling due to poor transportation and harvesting practices. Food waste costs the average person in London £200 a year, rising to £700 for a family with children. How can new forms of spatial planning, policy development and tehnology help combat this wasteful ritual?
Soho produces 17 tonnes of food waste a day with on average 15% of which being still edible. It was important to study the congestion and logistics of waste mangement within Soho to better understand how to create a closed loop system that promoted public movement and interaction rather than limiting it. By retaining an existing listed car-park facade and ramp in Soho, a new building becomes an exemplar for a facility that can bring together food, waste and people.