About the show
I took her to a supermarket. I don't know why but I had to start it somewhere.
Pulp, Common People, 1995
No civilisation is more than nine meals away from total anarchy.
Ewen Cameron, Hansard, 2007
Supermarkets supply around 80% of UK groceries. A handful of large companies dominate this industry, which is both incredibly efficient in terms of delivering an unprecedented range of foods from around the world to the consumer using a “just-in-time” delivery network, and astonishingly wasteful, with over half of all the food in the system ending up in landfill sites.
This year, as supermarkets have continued to expand over our high streets alongside a commodified artisan food culture, we have investigated the supermarket in relation to its urban context and the wider issues of food production and local and global economies.
We began by studying the mediaeval typology of the Market Hall, a hybrid structure accommodating an enclosed room for governance over an open space for commerce.
Each student selected a typical London supermarket near an established High Street and first tested its relationship to its context by proposing a new Market Hall at the edge of the site. We studied parallel and contrasting conditions in Flanders and precedents of large-span structures from distribution sheds to opera houses.
A series of final proposals for Super Markets explore optimistic new typologies for local food supply; integrating shared spaces and public functions such as adult education and food production.
|Location||Central House 4th Floor|
|Course||Architecture BA (Hons) RIBA Part 1|