380:1 - Ecological Art Events at London Design Festival

Diaspore’s current exhibition programme looking at plant communication as a metaphor for social interaction

380:1 - Art Events by Friche Studio at London Design Festival 2017


All events will take place between the 16th -24th September 2017

at: Platform- Oxo Tower Wharf- Bargehouse Street- South Bank- London- SE1 9PH

380:1 is part of Diaspore’s current exhibition programme looking at plant communication as a metaphor for social interaction. 380:1 is an educational installation aiming to raise awareness around air pollution, climate change and deforestation by displaying 380 sapling trees, representing the number of adult trees required to absorb the CO2 consumption of one person in one year. 

A recent paper in the journal Atmospheric Environment found that whilst trees absorb pollutants well in open spaces, low hedges are actually more efficient at catching exhaust fumes from cars. With this in mind we have chosen to use Hornbeam,Carpinus Betulus, a native British tree, and celebrate the versatility of the species’ ability to be grown both as a standard tree or a trained hedge. 

Diaspore is an exhibition and participatory project space based in Bermondsey focusing on ideas of ecology(ies), ecosystems and their communities. The events are led by artists, designers, scientists, chefs, community groups and all who wish to get involved.

For more info about the programme visit:

16th September: TREES! 

Talk | 3-5pm | Free Entry 

Join Nikola Maksimovic from Ecosia, Seb Austin from Trees for Cities and Mathew Frith from the Wildlife Trust to discuss their work and learn why trees are our best allies in fighting air pollution and climate change. 

17th September: “Polluted Selfie” by David Colombini 

Workshop | 2-5pm | Free Entry 

Drop in David Colombini will present ‘Polluted Selfie’ his latest project researching air quality. You will learn how to use a pollution sensor and how to make sense of the different pollutant data (CO2, PM, CO, O3) you will be recording with the device. 

20th September: Smog Mirrors & Sea Squad - projects lead by Liam Geary Baulch 

10-11am | Open to children and families | Free | Booking is essential 

The audience is engaged in detective work to and out what London’s air pollution is hiding, and how to stop it. Cheerleading against Climate Change Sea Squad - Cheerleading against climate change. 6.30-9pm | Opening night | Performance will start at 6.45pm ‘Cheerleading is the next stage of action on the destruction of the sea and climate change’. 

23rd September: The Politics of Ecology in Urban Planning 

Talk | 3-5pm | Free Entry 

Join Katherine Drayson from the GLA, Ande Gregson from GreenLab and Gyorgyi Galik from Future Cities to discuss strategies implemented in urban planning to fight air pollution and climate change. 

24th September: Air Pollution as Evolution- Chih Chiu & Ivy Lang 

Workshop | 2-5pm | Free Entry | Drop in 

How does air pollution boost human evolution, social and political reformation, civilisation reinterpretation, and technological innovation?

About Us


Friche is an art and design Studio working towards the conception of eco-structures for urban communities. Their philosophy is to intervene in spaces with the potential for transformation, working within existing parameters to create a new epicenter for the community; this new platform can then be used as an educational, recreational and discursive environment - 


Ecosia is a social business run by a small group of dedicated people. They work together to create tools that empower everyone to end deforestation and fight climate change. By using the ad revenue from their search engine, they’ve planted more than 12 million trees around the world. Learn more at and start planting trees with your searches! 


Trees for Cities is the only charity working on an international scale to create greener cities. Since 1993, they have engaged over 70,000 people to plant over 600,000 urban trees in parks, streets, schools and housing estates across the UK, as well as internationally, revitalising these areas and improving the lives of the people who live in them. They strengthen communities through volunteering opportunities and inspire children to grow and eat good food and to connect with 


Coin Street Community Builders was set up to make the South Bank area a better place in which to live, to work, and to visit. We thank them for inviting Friche to present this installation. -- 


The Greater London Authority, based in Southwark, is responsible for strategic local government across the region and consists of the Mayor of London and the London Assembly. - 


Over the last two years Martinspeed have instigated and developed the salvaging and recycling of packing materials that are no longer required by their clients or by Martinspeed. This has helped the environment and also their upcycling clients who make good use of the salvaged materials. They have kindly provided the transport services needed for the production of 380:1. -