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.

Technical Information

Orthographic mixed media drawing

Project reference numbers

OBSA0006, OBSA0007


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Ciapaite, Dovile

Oxford Brookes departments

School of Architecture


Year: 2016

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