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Coghlan, Beatrice Bless, Madeleine Murphy, Sophie Tombleson, M. Fahmi Ardi, David Watkinson, Carolyn Dunster, Rachel Stephenson, Jordan Licht, Hilary Powell, Hayley Shepherd, Andrea Stern, Violet Bennell and any names we missed!
What We Do
Wayward is a London-based landscape, art and architecture practice – an award-winning collective of designers, artists and urban growers. Since 2006, Wayward has pioneered new methodologies in the creative use of underutilised land and meanwhile spaces, transforming derelict sites into large-scale, design-driven spaces that engage local communities and inspire international audiences.
Our critically-acclaimed projects include theUnion Street Urban Orchard, commissioned by the Architecture Foundation for the London Festival of Architecture, theHelsinki Plant Tram, created for the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 and shortlisted for the D&AD Yellow Pencil, and theQueen’s Walk Window Gardens, a micro-city of urban allotments for the Southbank Centre, visited by an estimated 8 million people.
For the past decade, Wayward has designed and tested innovative new social, cultural and economic models for sustainable green spaces. This includes Farmopolis, an ambitious new urban farming concept that brings together food, farming, arts and culture which had its first experimental testbed on a jetty outpost at the Greenwich Peninsula in 2016. TheUrban Physic Garden, which started as a pop-up garden of medicinal plants built by over 200 volunteers in 2011, has since toured internationally and become an international 501c3 non-profit promoting the healing power of plants and food as medicine.
Wayward takes a unique approach to landscape through the creation of narrative environments. Our projects express stories that connect people through nature, creating vibrant places which are productive, meaningful and imaginative. Our projects are platforms for collaboration, experimentation and creative innovation. Our work goes beyond design to extend to creative direction and production, project delivery, strategic partnership building, community engagement, original programming, curation and live events.
Who We Are
Heather is the Founder and Creative Director of Wayward, guiding it from its roots as an innovative platform for plant exchanges to become an ambitious vehicle for social change. She oversees every creative and commercial aspect of the practice.
She is also a co-founder of the international 501(c)(3) non-profit, Urban Physic Garden (UPG), which promotes the healing power of plants and food as medicine through art/medicine/botany research collaborations, educational programming, participatory experiences and design-driven green spaces.
Born in Chicago, she holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and is a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute. Heather previously worked internationally as a landscape architect designing public realm projects for Kathryn Gustafson and Martha Schwartz. Early in her career she was an artist assistant to the environmental artist, Mary Miss and the architect, Michael Sorkin. Between 2005-2010, she was a Senior Editor for Archinect.com and sat on the editorial board of Bracket: On Farming, published by Actar Press.
Thomas is Senior Designer at Wayward, joining in 2010 to work on the Union Street Urban Orchard. Since then, he has worked with Wayward on projects from concept design through to construction, including teaching design and build skills to hundreds of project volunteers and running narrative co-design workshops with communities.
Before joining Wayward, Thomas ran a design-build consultancy that brought together play, participation and narrative design with innovative use of materials. His work includes a housing development in Ghana, utilising local building techniques, teaching construction skills to the local community and building a legacy to encourage economic investment in the local area.
Thomas studied Fine Art at Falmouth College of Art, Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture (BSc) and the Royal College of Art (MA architecture). He is a guest critic at the Bartlett, Middlesex and the RCA.
Jarred is an architectural designer and urban grower, joining Wayward in 2011 with the Urban Physic Garden. Since then, he has project and site managed Wayward’s large-scale community building projects. Prior to joining Wayward, Jarred managed farmers’ markets and worked extensively with urban food growing communities, running urban agriculture workshops in schools across London. He is currently researching industrial-size wormeries in London’s high density residential areas, recapturing some of the vast amount of nutrients and energy lost in our current food production methods.
Jarred also project manages architectural projects for the Science Museum, London. Born in Durban, South Africa, Jarred studied architecture at Central St. Martins with a focus on the designer’s role in urban agriculture.
In The Press
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Lovegrove, James, Short review: Improbable BotanyFinancial Times, 21 July 2017
Zeunert, Joshua, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Sustainability Creating Positive Change Through Design, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017
Henneberry, John, Ed. Transience and Permanence in Urban Development, Wiley-Blackwell Press, 2017
Google Moss Garden, Vertical Garden Design, Artpower Press, 2017
AU arkkitehtiuutiset 2/2017, Heather Ring interviewed by Essi Ehrnrooth (In Finnish)
Blanc, Nathalie, Benish, Barbara, Form, Art and the Environment: Engaging in Sustainability, Routledge Studies in Culture and Sustainable Development, 2017
"Del Asfalto a Tu Mesa. 3 Proyectos Globales," A: The Style Guide by Andares, No. 39, Mayo 2017
"Daisy Daisy," Compendium of Landscape Architecture and Open Space Design, Braun Publishing, 2017
Gardener’s Question Time, Interview with Heather Ring / Farmopolis, BBC Radio 4, 2016
“Food in the City,” Jane Manning, Urban Design 140, Urban Design Group Journal, Autumn 2016
Odgers, Juliet, Mhairi McVicar, Stephen Kite, Eds. Economy and Architecture, Routledge Press, 2016
Cameron, Fiona R., "Theorising More-Than Human Collectives for Climate Change Action in Museums, Ecologising Museums, Edited by L'Internationale Online with Sarah Werkmeister, 2016
Chelsea Flower Show plants rescued for 'floating garden', BBC News, 2016
Borough Market Hall, London Precincts, Hardie Grant Books, 2016
Farmopolis: Join the Great Plant Rescue, Grazia, 2016
Food for thought in the city, Bunny Guinness, The Telegraph, 9 October 2016
Where do plants go after Chelsea? Down the river to Farmopolis, The Telegraph, 31 July 2016
In pictures: Farmopolis aka London's new floating garden being built, Time Out London, 28 July 2016
An Experimental Farm on the River Thames Is Changing the Way City-Dwellers Eat, Vice Magazine, 2016
"How to bring Londoners closer to Nature," David Spittles, Evening Standard, July 2016
Hausner, Sondra L., The Spirits of Crossbones Graveyard: Time, Ritual, and Sexual Commerce in London, University of Indiana Press, 2016
Urban Physic Garden, Landscape Design Magazine, China, 2015
Waterman, Tim, The Fundamentals of Landscape Architecture 2nd Edition, London - New York: Bloomsbury Publishing; 2015
Adventurous Playgrounds in Camden, London, Play-scapes, 3 June 2015
Parham, Susan, Food and Urbanism: The Convivial City and a Sustainable Future, London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015
The great outdoors: we unveil the 2015 Landscape Institute Award winners, Wallpaper Magazine, 2015
Common Capital: Fleeting Value, Case Studies in Temporary Land Use, Nesta, 2015
Playspace Pilot Plays Pivotal Role, Horticulture Week, May 2015
Borough Market Hall, Landscape Record, Shenyang, China, 2014
Danzhi, Weng, Breathing and Living Wall, Hong Kong: Artpower International, 2014
Queen's Walk Window Gardens, Vertical Green High-Rise, Guangxi Normal University Press, 2014
Van Uffelen, Chris; Braun, Markus Sebastian, Atlas of World Landscape Architecture, Switzerland: Braun Publishing, 2014
Ortega, Gonzalo, Inhumano, Mexico: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2014
Narrative Environments: Wayward, Paisea, September 2014, Issue 029, pp.108-111
Mouth-watering stories behind Selfridges' new foodie windows Olivia Parker, The Telegraph, 09 July 2014
Miazzo, Francesca and Mark Minkjan (Eds.), Farming the City - Food as a Tool for Today's Urbanization, Valiz Press, 2013
Avosani, Giovanni, "Small Opportunities" ArchitettaRe, October 2013
Black, Brian, Ed., Climate Change: An Encyclopedia of Science and History, Volume 1, Santa Barbara, California, 2013
Tutti Frutti with Bompas & Parr and Friends, 2013, Bompas & Parr Editions
Agyeman, Julian, Introducing Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning, and Practice, Zed Books, 2013
Helsinki Plant Tram, Journal Reforma (Mexique), 2013
Wayward Plants, Apartment Therapy, 2013
Helsinki Plant Tram, Green Magazine, Australia, 2013
Southbank Centre unwraps 'Festival of Neighbourhood,' Architects Journal, 2013
The Spirit of Utopia: Whitechapel Gallery, London Review, The Financial Times, Jane Ure-Smith, 2013
The Spirit of Utopia, Whitechapel Gallery, Evening Standard, 2013
Embrace the Spirit of Utopia at Whitechapel Gallery, Londonist, 2013
Van Uffelen, Chris, Green City Spaces: Urban Landscape Architecture (Architecture in Focus), Braun Publishing, 2013
Bishop, Peter and Lesley Williams, The Temporary City, Routledge Press, 2012
‘The revolution will be composted: adventures in radical gardening’, The Guardian, January 23, 2012
‘A Space for Imagination: Heather Ring of Wayward Plants, Flamingo Magazine, 2012
‘The Story of Physic Gardens,’ Pretty Nostalgic Magazine, May/June 2012
Mata Martinex, Tomas, El Huerto Curativo, Plataforma Press, 2012
‘Tweeting Plants: Google Campus Opens in London’, BBC One and BBC News, March 29, 2012
“Landscapes: A Rollercoaster Garden,” Home Review Magazine, 2012
Heather Ring interviewed on Shaun Keaveny's Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 6 Music, 2011
"Rescue Remedy" and "Wayward Artist," Helen Babbs, Lost in London Magazine, Issue 3, 2011
Lascelles, Moira, The Union Street Urban Orchard: A Case Study for Urban Reuse, Architecture Foundation, 2011
Cultural Highlights of 2011, Icon Magazine, December 2011
"Urban Physic Garden Pops Up on London's Southbank," Fiona Law, Landscape Middle East Magazine, November 2011
The Urban Physic Garden: Best Urban Farm Projects (Film), Monocle Magazine, August 19, 2011
Klanten, Robert, E. Ehmann, K. Bolhofer, My Green City: Back to Nature with Attitude and Style, Die Gestalten Verlag, 2011
"A Space for Imagination: Heather Ring of Wayward Plants," Zita Abila, Flamingo Magazine, Homes & Habitats Issue, 2011
Algaegarden, Pruned Blog, August 2, 2011
‘The Young Architects Building Your Future;’ Ruth Lewy, Architecture & Design, The Times on Sunday, 2011
"A Visit to the Urban Physic Garden," The Guardian, Jane Perrone, 28 July, 2011
"Temporary Remedy," BBC Gardens Illustrated, July 2011
“Pop-up physic garden is tonic for derelict space;’ Olivia Solon, Wired UK, 16 June 2011
“Urban Physic Garden Opens in Southwark with Pop-up Supperclub;’ Time Out London, 9 June 2011
“London’s history of herbal treatments;’ Helen Babbs, BBC News, 9 June 2011
“In Pictures: London’s Urban Physic Garden;’ BBC News, 9 June 2011
The Guardian Multimedia, Jewish festival of Sukkot;’ (Video review of the East London Sukkah Project), 1 October 2010
"From Lord of the Manor to Sleeping on a Park Bench," Sarah Kessler, Forward Magazine, 27 September 2010
"Urban Orchard Slips Back into the Ground," Treehugger, 17 September 2010
"How we did it ... Urban orchard provides sustainability harvest," Nicola Homer, Planning Resource, 17 September 2010
“Best temp job in town: Pop-up gardens are appearing across London thanks to one pioneering enthusiast;’ Emma Townshend, The Independent on Sunday, 22 August 2010
Mi-ju, Kwon, Urban Orchard, Space, Issue 513, pp. 76-79, August 2010
“Union Street Urban Orchard;’ Regeneration and Renewal, 5 August 2010
"LFA 2010: Make do and build," Crystal Bennes, Architects Journal, 15 July 2010
“London Festival of Architecture;’ Domus, 13 July 2010
“Union Street Urban Orchard by Heather Ring;’ Dezeen, 11 July 2010
“An Urban Orchard Appears in London;’ Treehugger, 6 July 2010
“The Union Street Urban Orchard," Building Design, 2 July 2010
"The Union Street Urban Orchard," Apartment Therapy, 1 July 2010
“The Union Street Urban Orchard;’ Architects Journal, 22 June 2010
“The Wayward Plant Registry;’ Public 41: Gardens, Edited by Erin Despard and Monika Kin Gagnon, June 2010
“Highlights of 2009 in Arts & Ecology;’ The Royal Society of Arts, January 2010
Ring, Heather, Nomadic Allotments: London’s Farming Future, [bracket: ON FARMING], Actar Press, 2010
Berridge, David, Writing Exhibitions: An Assembling, The Reading Room, Berlin, 2009
I Can Hear The Grass Grow, Interview, Resonance FM, 2009
Reynolds, Richard, ‘On Guerrilla Gardening: A Handbook to Gardening without Boundaries’, Bloomsbury Press, 2008
Borasi, Giovanna and Mirko Zardini, Actions: What You Can Do with the City, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Sun Publishers, 2008