In 2018, the UK produced 221 million tonnes of waste, with construction, excavation and demolition (C,E&D) making up over 60% of this. The expectation is that UK landfills will be overflowing by 2022. With demolition waste accounting for 90% of C,E&D waste, and as Tower Hamlets continues to prioritise residential redevelopment projects, it is evident that there needs to be a radical shift in promoting knowledge in regard to building deconstruction.
Rather than merely acting as a closed-off deconstruction industrial facility, the primary output of the Institute is spreading deconstruction knowledge throughout Tower Hamlets. In light of this, the industrial process of deconstruction will be intersected with moments of ‘exhibition’ that look to increase the accessibility of the subject. This visibility will ultimately challenge the current ‘out-of-sight, out-of-mind’ attitude when we talk about waste.
Bethnal Green gas-holders, Tower Hamlets