An alternative solution to local issues
In a worldwide context of overconsumption, an alternative practice that reuses waste materials to solve local issues might allow people to reflect further on their material reality. Based on a theoretical reflection of objects’ reorientation, this research project has investigated two case studies in Peckham, South London. In this urban area, waste materials have enabled the construction of shed houses for street cats and the development of a creative front garden for local residents, being both projects spontaneously conducted by everyday citizens.
Taking a participatory approach, as a researcher I have first observed and interviewed these informal makers, documenting their work by means of photographs, to then become involved as designer, being problem solver for the street cats' shed houses and problem finder for the creative front garden. As such, all actions entailed from May to August 2017 have sought to improve both projects, experimenting with waste materials in a collaborative decision-making process and acknowledging reuse practices as a meaningful alternative to face on-going social challenges.