SkipWaste by Oliver Bishop-Young

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New Designers 08: Goldsmiths University graduate Oliver Bishop-Young presented two projects about skips at New Designers in London earlier this month.

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The first is a proposal for a website where people upload information about the contents of skips so others can salvage items they need from them. Update 31/07/08: see more photos of SkipWaste in our new story here.
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The SkipWaste site would be searchable by items required or location and shows a photo of each skip plus its location on a map. Visit a demo version of the website here.

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The second project (shown here) involved converting empty skips into public spaces such as skate parks, swimming pools and gardens.

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The following information is from Bishop-Young:

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My work focuses on skips and looks at three main areas: exchange of waste materials, re-use of waste and making use of wasted spaces.

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SkipWaste.org.uk is a site that documents the contents and locations of skips, allowing the exchange of materials before they go to landfill.

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These three attachments (below) aide the recovery of materials from skips. The plinth elevates the status of last object added to the skip and makes it easily accessible.

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It can be shameful for some to be seen peering into a skip, the mirror makes it easy to see inside at a glance. A black board contents pagedocuments all that is added and removed from a skip, providing a catalogue of what is on offer.

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Skip ramp is made from a collection of materials gathered from skips; it reuses them to form a mini ramp in a skip. Pete King a professional skater along with Sidewalk magazine came to do an article on the design. Skip ramp was one of many conversions made to the skip using reclaimed materials.

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  • mama14

    inspiring vibes

  • Frankie

    So british !

    Cool work

    • Tony Pulis

      I really like the idea of turning your skip into a swimming pool.

      Not big enough for a full front crawl, but just the right size for a lilo and a nice relax!

      Genius :-)

  • esklabuak

    interesting work! congratulations!

  • liberty

    fantastic!

  • http://www.easa008.ie Conor
  • ALISON

    Superb, clever, critical.

  • Charlotte

    Really love these ideas… !

  • pacharan

    I am afraid Santiago Cirugeda had done that quite years earlier in Spain.

  • Gus

    Frankie, I think it also has something “spanish”

    One of the Santiago Cirujeda “Urban Prescriptions”?
    http://www.recetasurbanas.net/ref_a/a1/a1_esp.php

    and before Santiago… the “parked Island barges on the Hudson” from Matta Clark?

    but anyway, fantastic vibes as mama says

  • khalid

    “Ah…good old plagiarism!

    http://www.recetasurbanas.net/ref_a/a1/a1_eng.php

    The SEVILLA project looks at the skips as a stage, where proposed social activities take place on top of the installation, while here Bishop-Young takes a more thorough approach in realizing the actual inherent spatial qualities of the skips, thus allowing for much more interesting spaces with less intervention.

    This is a different (and stronger) project. Conor, the only similarity here is the initial approach of recycling skips, and its ridiculous to reject a designer’s solution merely on the basis that it recalls a previous (unsuccessful, in my opinion) work.

  • I-Acevedo

    Very engaging and vibrant. I love the skateboarding shots.

  • Sam

    Genius.

  • Megan

    I would have a ball pit!

  • andresr

    Cirugeda’s work is far more interesting, both in a design and political sense. In comparison this seems pretty damn bland.

  • leopoldo

    fantastic , Super, Nice………..usw

  • maker

    Ahh, i love entertaining ideas and also cheeky street actions that reclaim public space!

    Here is another version of the skip bin hack, with a conceptual twist, by french-canadian sculptor Michel de Broin, titled Blue Monochrom, made in 2003. It converts a dumpster skip bin into a functioning spa bath.

    http://www.micheldebroin.org/projects/bluemono/index.html

  • Gordon

    While we’re talking skips… Here’s a project by Kevin Harman for this year’s degree show at Edinburgh College of Art:

    http://www.theskinny.co.uk/gallery/25-showcasekevin-harman

    PS Like the pool idea!

  • ujo

    fun in a box

  • http://www.hereke-silk-carpets.com/hereke_en.html hesika

    It’s a wonderful idea to bring some green and laugh into a city. And if more than one person in the world have the same idea, it is even better :-)

    Thank you.

  • Roy

    That last picture….literal dumpster diving.

  • billybrown

    Yet another pointless exercise in taking an object that works perfectly as it should and making it into another with limited success….

  • eduardo

    what a sense of humour…
    very british
    love it

  • http://www.skipcar.co.uk Gerwyn Holmes

    This is THE BEST USE OF A SKIP EVER!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://WWW.SKIPCAR.CO.UK

  • http://www.eithiriel.com Eithiriel

    Innovative.

  • http://www.blogspot.com/twilighthorizon Alix

    Am the only one wondering how the little boy didnt get hurt jumping in to such shallow water?

  • J

    Great Ideas! Keep up the good work!

  • ed

    cheer up billy brown! My god, where’s the fun? i’ll leave you to your efficient removal of waste materials while i sit on a bench on some grass on a skip in the middle of a busy brick lane.

  • 007

    i read fresh?? Copy… Cirugeda’s work is much better.

  • Andre

    It is pretty astonishing that lots of people find it ‘fresh’ , ‘innovative’ and ‘genius’, despite the fact that the link of Cirugeda’s work is already posted .

    http://www.recetasurbanas.net/index_eng.php

  • Hans Wurst

    @Alix: Yes

  • Neil

    Alix, I didn’t get hurt. It was very refreshing!

  • http://www.choicecomics.net Choicecomics.net

    Thats pretty cool

  • Rodrigo

    Original?

    The same idea from 1997:
    http://www.recetasurbanas.net/ref_a/a1/a1_eng.php

  • donkey puncherella

    How many of you morons are going to post the same link? Santiago Cirujeda used the same recycle bins, WE GET IT!!!!!!

  • http://wakefield-skip-hire.co.uk Wakefield skips

    Haha i love the great ideas… amazing work :)

  • http://www.jumbobag.com.au Bin Hire Melbourne

    Ahhh, makes me miss the UK. Batty Brits.

    Neil

  • http://www.binsskipswasteandrecycling.com.au Skip Bin

    Best Skip Bin blog I have seen ever!

  • http://skipbinsonline.blogspot.com Skip Bins Online

    Wow, and I thought a skip was just a skip. Turns out a bin can be used for alot more!

  • http://Www.muppix.net Mark

    Saw your ping-pong skip in London today while cycling around town, so I googled you. Impressive stuff! Will keep my eyes open for future projects – recycling is about going forwards too! :o)

  • http://www.skiphire.me SkipHire.me

    love these Skips! I work in the skip hire industry and can't believe I've only just came across them on google! Great work. The swimming pools my fav

  • Eric