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Floating about with Gaia...

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting up with Louis and Maxim from Gaia Gallery, who share my passion for the waterways and run a mobile exhibition space floating freely on London's canals...

The Gaia Gallery project seeks to refit a 43 foot steel barge in such a way that it exists totally off-grid, requiring no mains electrical, water or fuel input and no sewageoutput and will run solely off firewood and solar power generation. Gaia want to use low-impact building technologies to refit their barge, combining predominantly natural or recycled materials with traditional building techniques (cob construction, carpentry) and cutting-edge tech (solar-panels, rocket-stove mass heating and rainwater harvesting).

Gaia aim not only to be the first off-grid exhibition boat in the U.K., but also bringing natural material building and permaculture to the attention of many Londoners for the first time. Whilst the project is still in its early stages, with much work wtill to be done on the barge, Gaia are cracking on, recently installing their bespoke-designed rocket stove, and beginning work on their cob-ballast heated benches. The cob itself is novel - barges of this type normally use concrete to provide weight - or ballast - to steady the boat, but Gaia have sourced London blue clay from Crossrail excavations to provide theirs.

Louis got in touch with us through Superuse Studio's Harvestmap (Oogskart) platform, which we have been testing in its beta-mode. The platform allows users to share knowledge of supplies or re-usable materials and seeks to facilitate an economy of re-use that is both globally connected and useful locally. We hope to put them in touch with our contacts at the London Legacy Development Corporation and see if we van hook them up with some of the material surpluses coming out of the Olympic Park transformation works.

Visit the Gaia Gallery's facebook page here and their main webpage here. If you email Louis and ask nicely, he can probably send you a dossier of information about their project!

Floating everywhere

Wonderful to meet with Umi Baden-Powell - a fellow milk float enthusiast - who dropped by for a mini milk float convention in the yard. Umi lives in her HOME FLOAT and uses it to host events and curate shows by others. Nicely fitted out with wintergarden and composting toilet - nearly off grid.

Also on the same day I finally managed to bump into our neighbor Sarah and April who have repurposed a similar Milk Float into a Frozen Yoghurt station. 3 Floats in a day.

Micro Digestion Network

The wonderful and very informed Rokiah Yaman showed us around the Camley Street Natural Park micro anaerobic digester which is currently being installed. It is still in its early stages but the plan is to set up two more micro digesters in Camden and create a small network of waste managers and biogas producers. you can find out more or get in touch with them viat their website. www.creativehealthlab.com

Wick Fish Garden Walk

For all those who could not make it to yesterday Garden Network Walk here is the below list might be useful, which can be downloaded as a pdf here

WICK FISH GARDEN WALK

Biggs Square
Biggs Square, Felstead Street, E9
Tom Mitchell, Leads on the garden initiative
Sarah Bancroft, Head of TA

Cre8 Arc
Murad Zeq
Martin Krupik
www.cre8lifestylecentre.org.uk

Meabley Meadow
Christopher King
www.mableymeadow.blogspot.co.uk

Mabley Green User Group
email:mableygreenug@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/MableyGreen Edible

Forrest Garden
www.sustainablehackney.org.uk
Sunday 9 June 11-4 Tree Nursery & Forest Garden Open Day

Gainsborough School
Paul Griffiths
www.yourgrowingconcerns.blogspot.com

Leabank Square Purple garden
Mat Carter www.leabanksquare.blogspot.co.uk

Roof Garden 90 Main Yard
Tori 90 Main Yard, Wallis Rd, E9 5LN
www.90mainyard.co.uk

Frontsite Skatepark
Andrew Willis www.frontside.org.uk/frontside-gardens.html

Wonder Yard Garden
Red Gate 43 White Post Lane
Matthieu Becker

Yard Theatre
Tanith Lindon
www.the-yard.co.uk

Organic Wick
Colin www.organicwick.org.uk

Josh Strauss’ Garden

OTHERS

View Tube
Paul Shaw
View Tube Manager
Contact:viewtube@leasideregeneration.co.uk
www.theviewtube.co.uk

Bromley by Bow Centre
Lisa Cunningham, the garden at BBBC
www.bbbc.org.uk

Abbey Gardens
www.abbeygardens.org

Netwalking Club - Three Mills Loop
Gordon Joly
www.netwalking-club.org.uk/index.php/Three_Mills_Loop

Hackney Harvest
www.hackneyharvest.com

Save Leyton Marshes
www.saveleytonmarsh.wordpress.com

Surplus Food Event

Thank you all for braving the early morning and a ride in the milk float to glean surplus food for a delicious brunch. Special Thanks for Tom Fletcher for the tour and hosting us in his studio.

http://r-urban-wick.net/events/harvest_prepare-and-share

Harvest, Prepare, Share

Tom Fletcher with the WOW milk float collection surplus food for Rejuce

Chef and waste food specialist Thomas Fletcher will lead a small group to New Spitafield Market where we will collect surplus food. Along the way Tom will give an introduction of his eperience with surplus food which he harvest regularly from the market.

A short cycle ride away in Fish Island Thomas will introduce us to his kitchen nearly entirely made from reclaimed materials where we will turn the collected food into a tasty breakfast. All depending on what ingredients we will find at the market. The breakfast will be shared with a wider public and will start at 10am. You can join us at any time during the day.

We will set off to the market at 7 am from Hackney Wick Station. If you don't want to get up at the crack of down you can join us at Toms kitchen in Fish Island from 10am. Locations below.

Places are limited and RSVP is needed

7.00 AM
Surpluss harvest tour - meet at Hackney Wick Train Station to set off to New Spitafield Market

10.00 AM
Waste food preparations and breakfast at: Unit 1, Vittoria Wharf, 10 Stour Road, London E3 2NT

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CONTRIBUTIONS INCLUDE:

WICK ON WHEELS NEWS
PUBLIC WORKS, WOW AT CRE8
During February and March, Wick On Wheels has been in residence at the Cre8 lifestyle Centre.

WICK ON WHEELS REPORT
LUCY SCHOFIELD, TAPPING INTO THE WICK
With a jolt we are off and the float gets out on a making mission in the wider Wick.

WICK SESSION NO.8
RESPONSE – ERICA SCOURTI
RE-USE
A series of talks by practitioners working in the field of material Re-use.

R-URBAN RESOURCES
HACKNEY WICK RE-USER GUIDE
SAM BROWN

An existing online collection of re-use resources and its potential for growth.

WICK SESSION NO.9
RESPONSE – CHRIS CARTHY
SPACE AND TIME FOR PURSUING AMBITIONS
Can the people remedy the catastrophic effects de-industrialisation in western cities, simply by moving in to cheap, run-down neighbourhoods and getting on with life?

WICK SESSION NO.9
RESPONSE – LISA FIOR

SUSTAINABLE ENCLAVES
The future for the cultural sector looks under threat as many organizations are subject to increasing rent.

WICK SESSION NO.9
RESPONSE – RICHARD BROWN
THE CREATIVE CLASSES AS CITY DEVELOPERS
It is time to recognise the creative classes as our urban developers; because they define new ways of inhabiting forgotten parts of our cities,