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Improbable Botany launches on Kickstarter!
26.06.2017

Wayward is excited to announce our first book... and our first Kickstarter campaign !

Improbable Botany, a brand-new science fiction anthology about alien plant conquests, fantastical ecosystems, benevolent dictatorships and techno-utopias.

House of Wayward Plants recycles thousands of plants from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
23.05.2017

Where do the plants go after the RHS Chelsea Flower Show?

This spring, Wayward is working with Barking Riverside London, DF Clark and Futurecity to produce an innovative recycling scheme: to rehome thousands of the plants and materials from the world’s most prestigious flower show.

2017 International Conference on Urban Agriculture in Seoul
03.04.2017

Tom will be speaking about Wayward's projects at the 2017 International Conference on Urban Agriculture, scheduled from 17-20 May 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. It marks the 6th year since the Urban Agriculture Expo in Seoul has started in 2013. UN designated this year as the "Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development" and it is also the 'Year of chicken" in Korea. We look forward to sharing our projects and bringing ideas home!

 

Transient Spaces Symposium
10.03.2017

The Symposium Transient Social Environments: Temporary Urban and Interior Interventions explores transient environments within both urban and interior situations, with a focus on how such design interventions engender social agency.

Wayward are 2017 Practitioners-in-Residence at Chelsea College of Art
15.12.2016

Wayward have been invited to be the 2017 Practitioners-in-Residence for the Interior and Spatial Design Programme at Chelsea College of Art. With the students, we are co-developing a collaborative design-build project for an outdoor classroom that will facilitate new forms of dialogue and exchange.

From the Archives: The Weather Millers Playground
12.12.2016

This is a lovely project we've never posted ... Wayward and Studio Weave in collaboration were one of four shortlisted practices to design a new play-space for Three Mills Green in east London. The competition was organised by Architecture Foundation on behalf of the Olympic Park Legacy Company, The Legacy List charity and landowners, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.

The Weather Millers

 

Camden Active Spaces part of Museum of Architecture exhibition on Wellness
30.10.2016

Our playgrounds at Torriano Schools and Carlton School, part of the Camden Active Spaces project, have been included in the exhibition, “Well Built: Designing for Health and Wellbeing ​in Architecture,” at the Museum of Architecture, London. 

Well Built exhibition at the Museum of Architecture

Farmopolis shortlisted for the 5th European Innovation Retail Award
15.10.2016

Farmopolis on the Jetty has been shortlisted for the 5th European Innovation Retail Award by the GCSC. Wish us luck!

Camden Active Spaces wins New London Architecture Award
07.08.2016

Camden Active Spaces, including the playgrounds for Torriano Schools and Carlton School designed by Wayward and erect architecture, were awarded a New London Architecture Award in the Wellbeing category. The annual awards is organised and hosted by New London Architecture to celebrate the best architecture and development recently completed or in design across the capital. 

Wayward talk at the Southbank Centre's Festival of Love
07.07.2016

Heather will be speaking about Farmopolis and other Wayward projects at Love Bites, an opening event for the Southbank Centre's Festival of Love. Clore Ballroom, Saturday 9 July at 1pm.

From the Archives: Village Health Works Burundi
01.05.2016

Wayward is proud to have been involved in designing a landscape masterplan for the Kigutu Hospital, an initiative of Village Health Works, a grassroots, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization  that provides quality, compassionate, dignified health care in rural Burundi, East Africa. 

Union Street Urban Orchard at the XXI Triennale Milano
04.04.2016

The Triennale International Exhibition returns after a hiatus of twenty years! Documentation, films and materials from the Union Street Urban Orchard have been included as part of the XXI Triennale Milano from 12 April - 12 September 2016.

 

Wayward at the 7th Annual MLK Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend, Chicago
14.01.2016

Heather is speaking about Wayward's work at the 7th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend in Chicago.

Whitechapel Gallery Local Knowledge Sessions
03.01.2016

Wayward are leading two Local Knowledge Sessions on Greening the High Street and the Future of Libraries for Whitechapel Gallery, in conjunction with the Literalley project. 

The Local Knowledge Project (2013 – ) is an ongoing piece of research designed to prompt dialogue between individuals and organisations in east London. The project seeks to gather knowledge about the concerns of people living and working near the Whitechapel Gallery. Participation in this project is by invitation.

Algaegarden at the CityLab Conference 2015
21.10.2015

The Atlantic commissioned Wayward to create an installation of the Algaegarden as the showcase entrance for the CityLab conference - the Annual Preeminent Gathering of Global Mayors. 

Camden Active Spaces: BALI Award Winning Scheme
01.10.2015

The BALI National Landscape Awards 2015 were awarded for the Camden Active Spaces Playgrounds (Carlton School, Torriano Juniors School and Torriano Infants). Congratulations to our contractors, Blakedown, for this honour!

Spicy Saturdays at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens
01.06.2015

Spices are put in the spotlight this summer at Kew, with the Full of Spice festival running from May through to September.

You can trade ideas, stories, recipes and remedies at The Spice Exchange, an extraordinary timber pavilion interlaced with thousands of spice jars designed and produced by Wayward. Beneath its unique cantilevered roof, The Spice Exchange houses a kiosk run by The East India Company an exhibition space, an open-air theatre and a participatory story exchange.

European Award for Ecological Gardening 2015 Nomination
08.03.2015

We are very pleased to announce that our project Queen’s Walk Window Gardens (2013) has been nominated for the European Award for Ecological Gardening 2015.

The Jury Board made up of Katrin Bohn/GER, Joachim Brocks/AUT, Nigel Dunnett/UK, Ulrika Flodin Furas/SWE, Brigitte Goss/GER, Přemysl Krejčiřik/CZ, and Karl Ploberger/AUT has nominated projects which are innovative, sustainable, have a model character and contribute to raising public awareness for ecological gardening.

Urban Physic Garden wins a Landscape Institute Award!
15.01.2015

The Urban Physic Garden has been selected for the Landscape Institute Award - the first temporary project to ever win the prestigious prize.

The LI Awards are presented to landscape professionals in recognition of their outstanding work, and to encourage excellence. Every year, the LI applauds those working on the most innovative projects to have shaped, restored and protected the natural and built environment.

Rethinking the Urban Landscape at The Building Centre, London
12.01.2015

Queen's Walk Window Gardens and Borough Market Hall are part of the exhibition, Rethinking the Urban Landscape at the Building Centre.

Wayward selected for fellowship with the Van Alen Institute and the US National Park Service
15.12.2014

Wayward, in partnership with graphic designers Project Projects, have been selected for the National Parks Now fellowship with the Van Alen Institute in New York and the US National Park Service. The initiative is to develop case studies for attracting diverse audiences, telling new stories, and engaging the next generation of visitors at a time of fast-evolving technologies, regional contexts, and audience expectations.

A new brew from the hops at Borough Market Hall!
09.11.2014

Borough Market has christened its first ever bitter Borough Barrow, following a nationwide search to find the perfect name to mark its 1,000th anniversary. The beer was brewed using hops grown, dried and harvested on site as part of Wayward's design for Borough Market Hall. 

Urban Physic Garden exhibited at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico
01.07.2014

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey presents the exhibition in/humano (in/human), a critical vision of the problem of environmental protection today through the work of seventeen artists from around the world who have used photography, installation, object art and video as tools to establish diverse channels of identification between human beings and their natural environment.

Queens Walk Window Gardens shortlisted for a New London Architecture Award
12.06.2014

We are very pleased to share that the Queens Walk Window Gardens have been shortlisted for a New London Architecture Award! The New London Awards recognise the very best in architecture, planning and development in the capital, including both new and proposed projects across all sectors of the built environment, selected by an international expert jury. 

Art/Work Association Talk
14.04.2014

Heather will be speaking about Wayward's work at the Art/Work Association. Art/ Work Association (A/WA) is an association of artists and creative workers and a self-generated programme of talks, screenings, seminars, reading groups, workshops and critical feedback sessions, conceived as a forum for peer exchange. A/WA offers a support network for associates and enables self-organised learning, professional development and critical dialogue.

X Architecture Biennale in São Paulo
01.12.2013

Wayward's plant adoptions feature at the 10th Architecture Biennale in São Paulo (running from 12 October to 1 December) as part of the exhibition, "Actions: What You can Do in the City," curated by the Canadian Centre for Architecture Montreal.

Wayward lecture at University of Greenwich
08.10.2013

Heather will be speaking on Wayward's work at University of Greenwich's Architecture Open Lecture Series.

Architecture Open Lecture Series 2013/2014, Norbert Singer Lecture Theatre / M055, Mansion Site, Avery Hill Campus, Wednesday 9 October 2013 at 6pm. Read more about it here.

Wayward's Recipe in Bompas & Parr's Tutti Frutti Cookbook!
26.06.2013

Check out Bompas & Parr’s newest cookbook, Tutti Frutti, to get Wayward's recipe for our Fruit and Flower Ice Cream Sundae (photographed here). Mmmm!

“Vacant spaces, rural scapes and wildscapes,” Wayward talk in Milan, Italy
01.06.2013

Heather will be giving an invited talk on Wayward projects at the conference, “Vacant spaces, rural scapes and wildscapes” which will take place on 15 June 2013 in Milan, in the frame of the project “Backyards – vacant spaces and emerging communities” organized by Architetti Senza Frontiere – Italia (member of Architecture Sans Frontières International) and supported by the Politecnico di Milano and its Department of Architecture and Urban Studies.

Wayward at the Biennale dello Spazio Pubblico, Casa dell'Architettura
21.05.2013

Wayward's Union Street Urban Orchard has been included in the exhibition Open Source Urbanism: Strategies and Tactics for the Transformation of Public Space at the Biennale dello Spazio Pubblico, Casa dell'Architettura. The exhibition is curated by Tspoon, an architecture studio based in Rome. 

Wayward film screenings at ARUP’s Penguin Pool
15.05.2013

Check out the ARUP Penguin Pool in London on 28 May 2013, where Wayward Plants have been invited to exhibit our films, including documentation of the Helsinki Plant Tram, the Union Street Urban Orchard and the Urban Physic Garden. The Penguin Pool is Arup’s global creative events series designed to inform, inspire and entertain.

Wayward is now a Landscape Institute Registered Practice!
09.04.2013

Wayward is now a Landscape Institute Registered Practice, with Creative Director Heather Ring a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute (CMLI). Chartered Membership of the Landscape Institute formally recognises a member’s technical and professional competence as a landscape architect in the UK. Landscape Institute Registered Practices are at the heart of the landscape architecture profession. They are vital in raising the profile of the profession, communicating its importance, and advancing the art and science of landscape architecture.

Wayward asked artist Anna Schuleit, "How can we integrate wilderness into our cities?"
12.02.2013

For Smart-Magazine, Wayward asked artist Anna Schuleit, "How can we integrate wilderness into our cities?"

The Question and Answer article series joins two creative minds from a range of backgrounds to better understand the transformation of our cities. Enjoy urban nature group Wayward’s intriguing question and artist Anna Schuleit’s insightful answer.

Everything Forever Now & the Urban Physic Garden in Poland
07.02.2013

As part of the 70th anniversary of the British Council in Poland, the Everything Forever Now exhibition – which includes the Urban Physic Garden – will be leaving Kuala Lumpur and traveling to Poland! The exhibition will open at MOCAK from 14 February – 28 April.

You can also read an interview with curator and Wallpaper* editor-at-large Henrietta Thompson about the travelling exhibition.

Helsinki Plant Tram shortlisted for a D&AD Yellow Pencil!
01.02.2013

The Helsinki Plant Tram (2012) by Wayward Plants has been shortlisted for the prestigious D&AD Yellow Pencil design award!

D&AD celebrates and nurtures outstanding work in design and advertising. The Yellow Pencil is recognised the world over as a symbol of the very highest creative achievement. 

Tim Lindsay, Chief Executive of D&AD wrote of the Spatial Design nominees:

Cultivating the City
09.01.2013

Heather will be giving a talk at Cultivating the City at FARM:Shop Dalston organised by the Landscape Institute on Saturday 14 September.

Cultivating the City: A delectable feast for all the senses – come celebrate the end of summer with the Landscape Institute London. 

Naturoids Talks at the Royal College of Art
18.10.2012

Heather and Jarred have both been invited to speak at the Naturoids series of talks at the Royal College of Art (Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU). Heather will be speaking about productive environments on 20 October and Jarred will be speaking about his wormery research on the 17 November. More friends and collaborators of ours are speaking in the series, including Eike Sindlinger, Synnove Fredericks and Tim Waterman. Check it out!

Urban Physic Garden comic at Somerset House (again!)
09.10.2012

The brilliant comic in the Urban Physic Garden newspaper – illustrated by Toby Leigh and written by Jacob Sager Weinstein – has been included in an exhibition at Somerset House by the Association of Illustrators featuring the Best of British illustration in the past year. Congrats Toby and Jacob!

Everything Forever Now & the Urban Physic Garden travels to Kuala Lumpur
27.08.2012

The third installment of Everything Forever Now featuring the Urban Physic Garden opened at Publika in Kuala Lumpur.

Declining resources, increasing energy costs and a growing population are forcing us all to think about the way we live. This exhibition celebrates the new generation of designers and architects in Malaysia and Britain that are experimenting with new approaches that create beautiful and desirable products while also working to improve the longevity, lifecycle, materials and social impact of the work they create.

Selfridges Rooftop Project
17.07.2012

Wayward have been invited by ARUP and Selfridges to be part of the Selfridges Rooftop Project - exploring the revival of the original Hanging Gardens on the roof of Selfridges, which closed in the 40’s, The gardens were host to afternoon teas, fashion shows, gun clubs and mongoose. The new vision centres around the fusion of entertainment, education, food, horticulture, ecology and community.

Carrot City Symposium
15.04.2012

Jarred has been invited to give a talk about the Urban Physic Garden for the Carrot City Symposium (Designing for Urban Agriculture) at Birmingham School of Architecture.

The Urban Physic Garden travels to Vietnam with the British Council
30.03.2012

The second instalment of the British Council Everything Forever Now exhibition featuring the Urban Physic Garden was officially opened last night at the Ho Chi Minh City Exhibition House by the British Ambassador to Vietnam, Dr Anthony Stokes.

Everything Forever Now & the Urban Physic Garden opens in Bangkok
09.02.2012

The Urban Physic Garden is part of the British Council exhibition, Everything Forever Now, which showcases contemporary design that pioneers sustainable values - technologies and techniques that promise to change our environment for the better, but without preaching or shouting about their green credentials. These are intelligent designs that aim to improve daily life and our relationship with the environment rather than compromise it.

Urban Physic Garden travels to Zamek Cieszyn Poland
01.11.2011

The Urban Physic Garden has been included in the Design for Public Spaces exhibition at the Design Centre Zamek Cieszyn in Poland from November - December 2011. 

Urban Physic Garden at the 5th International Lodz Design Festival
25.10.2011

The Urban Physic Garden has been included in the 5th International Lodz Design Festival at the Centrum Architektury, Poland,  as part of the exhibition, “Redirection: Change in architecture." from 20-30 October. Founded in 2007, Lodz Design Festival stands for ideas, people and action.

Urban Physic Garden at RIBA's Forgotten Spaces exhibition Somerset House
01.10.2011

The Urban Physic Garden is shortlisted for the RIBA Forgotten Spaces Award and is part of a curated exhibition at Somerset House. 

On 20th October the Royal Institute of British Architects launches a captivating architecture exhibition at Somerset House, exploring imaginative uses for abandoned spaces across London.

Algaegarden at IIDEX Canada 2011
15.09.2011

The International Garden Festival is showcasing the Algaegarden at the IIDEX/Neocon Canada in Toronto on September 22 and 23. Algaegarden celebrates the beauty and productive potential of algae through a design that underlines its diversity and meaning. The garden leads the visitor to appreciate algae both as an alternative to oil and other energy sources and a source of food and nutrition. This garden was selected from nearly 200 projects following the call for proposals for the 12th International Garden Festival.

Launch of the Herbarium Poetry Anthology
20.07.2011

‘Herbarium’ is am anthology of poems written by over 50 poets celebrating and exploring the contemporary resonances of medicinal plants and herbs responding to the plants of the Urban Physic Garden. Join us on 22 July, 2011 at the Urban Physic Garden for a live reading of poems from the anthology, edited by James Wilkes, and the launch of a zine which will give the anthology a printed afterlife. This anthology is the first in the Capsule Editions series in collaboration.

A Special Commendation by the Conservation Foundation
22.06.2011

Wayward is thrilled to receive a Special Commendation from the Conservation Foundation for the Union Street Urban Orchard and the Urban Physic Garden, at the Green Corners Award Ceremony. The Conservation Foundation has been promoting positive environmental news, awareness and action since 1982.

Launch of the Union Street Urban Orchard Book
01.06.2011

The Architecture Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of The Union Street Urban Orchard: A Case Study of Creative Interim Use.

This book is seen as a legacy of the Urban Orchard, designed and produced by Wayward, offering insight into how this garden was created. There are essays from those who made it happen, DIY  tips, recipes using the fruits of the Orchard and a foreword by journalist and presenter, Jon Snow. It is hoped that this publication will inspire others to try and grow their own and think creatively about disused spaces within the city.

Algaegarden returns to the International Garden Festival
24.05.2011

Algaegarden has been invited to return to The International Garden Festival in 2011. The garden was selected from nearly 200 projects following the call for proposals for the 12th International Garden Festival. Algaegarden celebrates the beauty and productive potential of algae through a design that underlines its diversity and meaning. The garden leads the visitor to appreciate algae both as an alternative to oil and other energy sources and a source of food and nutrition.

Digital Belonging
10.02.2011

Heather has been invited to give a talk about Wayward at the Digital Belonging event: “Connecting communities online, offline and everything in between …” organised by NearLabs on 19 February. The intention of the day is to explore the burgeoning relationship between technology and community building.

Lecture at Landscape Institute London
14.12.2010

Heather is the invited guest speaker at the Landscape Institute London as part of the programme on “Cities, Communities and Gardens” for their holiday event on 14 December 2010 at the Seven Dials Club in London’s Covent Garden.

Wayward Plants Theme Song
04.04.2010

Wayward Plants has a theme song! With music by Mr. Solo, lyrics by Wayward and film by Nikki Paglia. Sing along!