I have been tasked with creating the longlist for the Dezeen Awards 2022, across the categories of Rural House, Residential Rebirth project, Small Building, and Installation Design. This list will be handed to the next set of judges to decide the shortlist and ultimately the winner for each category, which will be announced later in the year.
The Minus Pollinators project, created in collaboration with artist Freddie Yauner and commissioned by Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, proposes a dystopian future when we’ve experienced catastrophic insect pollinator decline. The project manifests as a mobile drinks kiosk where all of the familiar items that require pollinators have been crossed off, including coffee, most teas, chocolate, fruit juices etc.
The kiosk, which acts as an exhibition display for facts and figures related to pollinators, is featuring at the Groundswell Regenerative Agriculture Show and Conference on 22nd and 23rd June 2022, the most significant gathering of its kind in the UK. The Wild Bee Café kiosk is located in the Big Top tent, alongside the stage that hosts talks and debates by Secretary of State George Eustice, Head of National Farmers Union Minette Batters, and the National Food Strategy author Henry Dimbleby. Yes, we will be bugging them!
Come along and see us! Myself and Freddie will be there to welcome you.
On 28th March 2022, I was invited to act as a witness to an event organised by The Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry and the 1851 Royal Commission, staged at the V&A museum in London. Titled All Change: Design and Science in a time of Crisis, the afternoon event explored how science and design can collaborate in service of a sustainable and equitable future.
I participated in talks and workshops alongside about 50 new and established designers and scientists. I was tasked to write a summary of the multifarious conversations and topics raised over the invigorating 4 hour event.
Read the summary (pages 21-34)