Nuclear Dialogues

This project aims to deal with the contentious area of nuclear fission by choosing an open, non-judgemental environment, designed for dialogue rather than dispute. The inviting setting of a tea party allows for engaging discussion about the technology and its by-products, predominantly excess heat and hot water. Rather than imposing solutions, the discussion encourages suggestions as to how by-products can benefit communities living in close proximity to the reactors.

Participation is encouraged through a tasting of ‘yellowcake’ - a colloquialism for uranium oxide U3O8, an essential ingredient in the preparation of uranium fuel for nuclear reactors. The designer, along with scientists from Nuclear FiRST, devised a recipe for an edible yellowcake, using ingredients that contain radioactive isotopes, to challenge entrenched viewpoints and misunderstandings of risk.

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Table set

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Yellowcake, geiger counter

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Yellowcake, video still

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Heysham workshop, video still

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Dr Neil Hyatt, Impact! exhibition

Wellcome Trust
Design Interactions
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