AF commissions Superuse Studios to deliver InsideFlows exhibition and permanent gateways for Gibbon’s Rent

The Architecture Foundation is delighted to announce that it has commissioned Rotterdam-based architecture office Superuse Studios to design and deliver its next exhibition to be launched during the London Festival of Architecture this year. In addition Superuse Studios will work on creating two new gateway structures for The AF's Gibbon's Rent project to be launched later in 2013

The office, established in 1997 by Jan Jongert and Cesare Peeren, uses reclaimed and recycled materials as the starting point for its creative practice, viewing re-use as an integrated design strategy called ‘superuse’. This concept applies to building materials as well as energy supplies, human resources, water, transport, and food cycles. Superuse Studios develop strategies for cities to connect different closed loop systems, while integrating these processes into the existing urban environment.

The exhibition InsideFlows: The superuse approach to design, launching in The AF’s Central London Project Space on 4 June 2013, will present the Studio’s ongoing collaborative research with the INSIDE Masters programme at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.  Focusing on the subject of resource-based design – or in the Studio’s words “superusing available flows and resources and connecting them into urban ecosystems”, the exhibition will be based around a series of case studies by Superuse and selected other authors.  The show’s contents will be displayed in a site-specific exhibition installation with a public events programme, collaboratively developed by The AF and Superuse Studios accompanying the exhibition. 

The exhibition will also include reference to the Gibbon’s Rent Gateways, a permanent commission that Superuse Studios will be developing that will launch later in the year. Commissioned by The AF in collaboration with Team London Bridge and Southwark Council, Superuse Studios will design new entry gateway structures for The AF’s Gibbon’s Rent project, a public realm transformation of a long forgotten cut through into a permanent shared green space. The structures will be created using reclaimed materials harvested from the local area, and will become an important asset in raising awareness, and attracting new visitors to this ‘secret garden’.

Image: Superuse Studios, Wikado Playspace, 2012. Courtesy Allard van der Hoek.