SkipWaste by Oliver Bishop-Young

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.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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