by Leroy Yuen and Gemma Louisa Holdaway, with support from Recyrcle (local plastic material provider), Grymsdyke Farm (fabrication) and Absence from Island (additional support).
As creatives, Gemma Holdaway and Leroy Yuen focus on how architectural design and its material culture can be used as a socio-cultural tool for change. Leroy Yuen is currently working as a Part II Architectural Assistant in London after completing his studies at the Royal College of Art in 2019. Gemma Louisa Holdaway is currently studying Design Management at University of the Arts London and focuses on circular practices in the creative industries.
What-A-Water Waste is a public bench made out of community HDPE plastic waste, and stands as a socio-cultural sculptural piece that aims to represent how we can come together to act against the climate emergency. Collected from the Royal Docks and the surrounding local area, the plastic waste is transformed into unique plastic sheets that read as a map of waste traces, rightly indicating the act of coming together across communities to find new circular ways of designing.
What-A-Water Waste is one of five winning benches from the third edition of Pews and Perches design competition from the London Festival of Architecture and Royal Docks Team.
Now in its third year, the Pews and Perches competition highlights the transformative impact of small-scale interventions in the public realm and offers visitors and residents alike unique spaces to sit and make the most of their surrounding public space.
You can hear Gemma and Leroy sharing about the story behind their design by clicking on the event link.