Waste Zone (Eco-Build)

ExCel, London

The Waste Zone was a 90m² event space at the heart of Ecobuild 2013 dedicated to the discussion of issues around the huge potentials of seeing waste as a future resource. Some of the UK’s most exciting designers, makers, campaigners & thinkers presented their ideas, showing examples of products, buildings, furniture etc – all made from waste. A regular lunch time screening of the film “Trashed” was shown on screens in the zone for free. This new British made documentary featuring Jeremy Irons reveals the reasons why we should all be concerned with reducing waste, being more resourceful and taking responsibility for the problem.

Brightonʼs FotoDocument exhibited “Reclaimed Journeys”, a photo essay by Australian photographer Rodney Dekker that documents positive waste initiatives across Australia. Super scavenger Cat Fletcher, Interior Architect Gem Barton & her students up-cycled benches for visitors to use. Chalk Architecture donated 4 beautiful cardboard chairs for presenters to sit on and autograph for auction on the final day.

The Waste Zone was curated by BBM’s Duncan Baker-Brown and Nick Gant (Assistant Head of School for Research, Economic and Social Engagement at the University of Brighton) and supported by the University of Brighton as well as Brighton & Hove City Council, Fotodocument and Freegle Brighton. 6 seminars were hosted each day of Eco Build, with the area occupied by students, apprentices, academics, builders, environmental experts, businesses and resource pioneers highlighting expertise, innovation and enterprise around sustainable design, building, waste management and resourcefulness.


Research/ Teaching, Special projects and exhibitions