Pop-up shop competition launched to provide shelter for Big Issue magazine vendors

VENDORS of The Big Issue magazine may be soon finding themselves less at the mercy of the weather – thanks to a ‘pop-up shop’ designed by a reader.

The magazine – which is sold on the street by people who are homeless or vulnerable – has launched the Build Your Vendor a Shop initiative with the endorsement of, among others, the designer, Wayne Hemingway.

Readers are being invited to come up with a design. School children and architecture and design students are also being urged to get involved.

Says the magazine’s editor, Paul McNamee: “A little time ago, it was mentioned to me that a keen Big Issue fan once built a vendor a shelter using origami. This sounded brilliant to me, and I wondered how we could harnass such interest and involvement from readers. I was also thinking about ways we could help vendors be more prominent on Britain’s streets. And the idea coalesced into Build Your Vendor a Shop.”

The project is a competition, with the judging panel including Hemingway, branding expert David Wilding from PHD media agency, and Josephine Chanter from the Design Museum.

For more details, on how to enter, click here.