October 2011

Students from CCW set sail aboard a flotilla of barges, tugs, clippers, and RIBS down the length of the Thames to gain special access to the UK’s largest landfill site. They were joined by a team of material scientists, marine biologists and product designers who gave context to notions of waste, value, and commerce.

Upstream, students heard of flood risk in the London mega-city, traced London’s hidden rivers to Clerkenwell, before pursuing the gurgling hydroponics of inner-city agriculture in Dalston.

Art students and scientists journeyed together up the canalised River Lea to take an alternative tour of the Olympic site prior to the 2012 opening ceremony where discussions took in reclaimed land, regeneration, re-growth, and so-called ‘progress’.