Ration Department of Whitechapel


The Ration Department of Whitechapel explores the growing issue of food wastage on both a local and a global scale, proposing the rationing of food production and distribution to avoid unnecessary waste. The building facilitates the queue for a ration book, whilst also serving as a distribution point. The orthographic drawings show the queuing route wrapping around the building, allowing users to join a ‘one-stop’ queue in order to engage with various government services. The top floor serves as a government printing press working with traditional linocuts to print ration books and propaganda posters. The time spent in the queue allows visitors to observe their surroundings. The lino-cladded walls display information on healthy nutrition and food waste, while the exterior cladding shows material promoting the available services and the benefits of rationing.



Dovile Ciapaite


Created: 2016
Bought by Oxford Brookes: 2016


Orthographic mixed media drawing


OBSA0006, OBSA0007

Location of physical artwork

Headington Campus. Abercrombie Building. First Floor (entrance space outside AB120).

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License

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