If there was an award for ‘London’s Most Inventive Repurposers’, the smart money would be on the supporters of the Heygate Estate. Sure, the gardeners’ work in converting derelict land into allotments and a community hub is outstanding. Yep, the events-organising team behind branding the estate’s trees as an ‘Urban Forest’ are inspiring. And it’s spreading. Now London’s Garden Museum have copied the design of the Heygate’s blocks to create a ‘Beegate Insect Hotel’ that replicates the estate’s look, as well as the utopian idealism of its architect to create an insect shelter intended for different species to co-exist together. What’s more it’s made from repurposed bits of old exhibition materials too. Talk about recycling. Alexi Duggins
For venue info, see Garden Museum listing.