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Assemble the carbonised plant regulated growing system

Join us on Saturday afternoon the 16th of March for the second and conclusive part of the the Carbonised Planter workshop with Charlie Seber.

Charlie has been experimenting at his home with plant regulated growing systems. These reduce the need for watering and weeding and significantly increase the yield. This workshop will extend the experiment to Hackney Wick and will embrace techniques from the far east.

In the last workshop architect Takeshi Hayatsu introduced the Japanese method of timber scorching: a vernacular treatment developed long before paint systems, and still used in Japan today. The charred timber will both clad the planter and reference Charlie's ongoing carbon experiments.

Over the last week we have prepared the planter and it is now ready for easy assembly. Join us for a concluding workshop to set up the planter at the Cre8 Centre in Hackney Wick.

No previous building experience is required.

ABOUT
The workshop is part of 'Experiments in Household Knowledge' - a series of collaborations with East London ecological and environmental innovators. The project will explore and showcase unusual and inventive ways of making and experimenting. From new gardening techniques to alternative forms of energy production or innovative recycling methods, we'll be sharing a range of unique and often self-taught skills through walks, talks and hands-on workshops.

'Experiments in Household Knowledge' is a Public Works project commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation anticipating the opening of the new North Park Hub building in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the summer of 2013. The project is also supported by R-urban, a two year long project establishing practices and networks of urban resilience.

WHERE
The workshop will be hosted at the Cre8 Centre in Hackney Wick, who are in the midst of planning the Cre8 Arc, an ambitious self build eco-construction, which will be built re-using materials from the Olympic site.

Cre8 -The Old Baths, 80 Eastway, London E9 5JH

WHEN
16th March 2013 – 3pm.

RSVP
Places for this workshop are limited and RSVP is essential.
To confirm a place email mail@household-knowledge.net

A classless classroom a few feet to long

I am intrigued about this cabin set up by the entrepreneurial spirit of the e20 fishing club.

Mark described it as a classroom for the club. However he also told me that unfortunately it will need to make way as it does not comply with regulations. Apparently it is three feet longer then what is allowed.

In the spirit of knowledge creation and our interest in non institutional learning it seems a perfect space and moment in time to hold a lesson in this fleeting cabin while it is still on site.

I personally have never attended any fishing classes.

So watch this space.

Carbonize your planter

Delighted that we will be holding the next workshop with Charlie Seber at the Cre8 centre. Negotiating Health and Safety took a bit longer then expected as we are planning to start a little fire ...

If you have time on the 2nd of March in the afternoon please come and join us for a practical workshop with local horticulturalist Charlie Seber and Japanese architect Takeshi Hayatsu. We will re-use bathtubs to build a unique plant regulated growing system which will be housed at the new Cre8 Arc in Hackney Wick. Charlie has been experimenting at his home with plant regulated growing systems. These reduce the need for watering and weeding and significantly increase the yield. This workshop will extend the experiment to Hackney Wick and will embrace techniques from the far east. Takeshi will introduce the japanese method of timber scorching: a vernacular treatment developed long before paint systems, and still used in Japan today. The charred timber will both clad the planter and reference Charlie's ongoing carbon experiments which will be discussed during the workshop. No previous building experience is required.

The workshop will start at 2.30 pm on the 2nd of March 2013
at the Cre8 Centre in Hackney Wick

Places for this workshop are limited and RSVP is essential.
To confirm a place email us here


Bream Street

Years ago I saw a presentation by Martin Slavin talking about his work with the Games Monitor network. He showed us a short film about (below) the spawning bream in the river Lea.

"… This spawning cycle has been going on for many centuries. It is now under threat from the Prescot channel which will block the waterway. This barrier is part of the construction for the Olympics in 2012. Local residents wonder if this would be the last year these fish would be spawning in Hackney."

I always wondered about those spawning bream and if they managed to survive despite the restriction in tidal movement and their preference to spawn in shallow waters.

Last week on my search for a fishing collaborator I met Mark from the new E20 fishing club which only last November took over the old lock house. A beautiful spot by the old Channel 4 Big Breakfast building (for thos who still remember). Mark has been fishing at this very spot for the last 20 odd years, often in the middle of the night. From his years fishing on site Mark has an immense knowledge of the area and this very spot.

As it turns out it is also one of the places where there bream's spawn in spring. They are still around and apparently it is quite a spectacle. They used to feed of the peanut shells dumped into the water by the Percy Daltons peanut factory.

You can read Martins article on the spawning bream on the Games Monitor website - here.

The spawning Bream Hackney Marshes 2008 from Kym Oeser on Vimeo.

'A lot of asphalt'

We are edging closer to the North Park Hub site.

As part of a wider initiative to allow public glimpses behind the fence, the London Legacy Development Corporation is organising bus tours. One of the most striking features is the emptyness and the large areas of asphalt. Over the coming years many of those areas will house temporary projects between 3-15 years.

It will take until July before the roads open and we can get the WOW float onto the site.
Judging by his questions, it sounded like Charlie is already planning his next enterprise.

THE AXIS OF COMFREY

The North Park is still fenced off and the Hub building just an abstract idea on paper. This is the closest we got to the site, about half way between Charlies home and his comfrey field. In fact it seems to create the perfect axis lining up all his comfrey patches in the area.