‘Waste’ is no longer accepted as a by-product of human consumption but is now better understood as an abundant, and locally available, material resource. The urgent design challenge of our time is to question linear models of consumption, and crucially address our current cultural relationship with ‘waste’ material.
A Centre for Reimagined Materials is a public facility for the research, reuse and reimagining of household waste into new products and materials for construction. It is a place for material innovation for ubiquitous primary household waste streams, paper, plastic and fabric, to regenerate as new material forms.
Housed in and around a historical industrial site, the proposal repurposes the Abbey Mills Pumping Station complex of buildings, which were an integral part of London’s revolutionary sewage treatment infrastructure. The project tackles the material waste crisis of today whilst opening up the site as a public park with temporary pavilions created from ‘waste’ materials processed on site.
Abbey Mills Pumping Station, Newham