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For the last three years public works has been collaborating with Atelier d'Architecture Autogérée (AAA), on R-Urban an internationally acclaimed professional and citizen initiative of resilient regeneration in Colombes, near Paris and in Hackney Wick, east London.

AAA along with many local, national and international collaborators established this unique project consisting of an urban agriculture site 'Agrocite' and a recycling centre 'Recyclub'. The new municipal government of Colombes wants to replace R-Urban with a temporary car park and destroy this exemplary project as soon as September 2015.

We urgently need all your help to stop this from happening and persuade the municipality and other interested authorities to preserve this project. Please sign the petition, circulate in your networks and get people to support R-Urban.

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Wick Zine #5 launches at Art Moves

We launched our fith Wick Zine at the Art Moves exhibition on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Wick Zine #5 presents a series of responses to questions raised in R-Urban's Wick Session no.19 ‘Values of Temporary Use’ (co-organised with Mara Ferreri) and no.20 ‘Co-producing The Makeshift’ (with isaac Marrero-Guillamon, and including a walk led by Richard Brown).

You can download a pdf copy here

WICK SESSION NO.20
THE MAKESHIFT CITY
Isaac Marrero-Guillamón

WICK SESSION NO.19
THE COMPETING VALUES OF TEMPORARY USE
Mara Ferreri

WICK SESSION NO.20 - REVIEW
C0-PRODUCING THE MAKESHIFT: A REVIEW
Shane Boothby and Toby Austin Locke

WICK SESSION NO.20 - WALK
A TOUR OF THE MAKESHIFT SPACES OF HACKNEY WICK
public works with Isaac Marrero-Guillamón

WICK SESSION NO.20 - RESPONSE
THE MAKESHIFT CITY AS POLITICAL PROJECT
Shane Boothby

WICK SESSION NO.20 RESPONSE
PLAYING WITH THE POSSIBLE
Toby Austin Locke

Art Moves

Wick on Wheels wil be taking part in the Art Moves exhibtion on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on the 20th & 21st of September 2014

'The Art Moves exhibition will showcase the very best of mobile architecture and design as part of Open House London weekend. ... Bringing together artists from across Europe to discuss their portable practices and explore how mobile art projects have contributed to communities and regeneration schemes across the world.

A free film and talks programme will compliment the event, screening famous artists' films such as Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead which toured the United States, and a talk from internationally renowned art collective N55 from Copenhagen.'

R-urban will house a mini exhibition on the back of Wick on Wheels of mobile urban projects which deal with sustainabilty.

In addition we will be hosting a Wick Session at the show on Saturday the 20th. Times and speakers to be confirmed shortly.

V&A LATES

Join R-Urban Wick at V&A Lates. A celebration of Hackney Wick at the V&A Museum. For one night at the end of February only. R-Urban Wick will host a Wick Session on DIY Culture and the Wick Curiosity Shop will take the guise of a DIY Estate Agency celebrating the DIY culture of Hackney Wick and Fish Island.

Friday the 28th of February from 18.30 - 22.00 at the V&A

Visit the V&A facebook page for the event here

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

R-URBAN WICK ZINE #2 is out now!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A FREE PDF COPY
OR
CONTACT US TO PURCHASE A PRINTED COPY

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,

Wick Fish Garden Walk

WHEN: Sunday 19th of May 2013 2:00PM - 5:00PM
WHAT: Walk
WHERE: Biggs Square Central Court Yard, Felstead Street, London, E9 5DT

Join us on a walk through Hackney Wick and Fish Islands' gardens. We will be visiting some of the many green spots in the area - from kitchen gardens to ambitious community projects and social enterprises. We will be joined by local gardeners and initiators behind the projects, each giving a short explanation about their specific garden.

The walk will set off at Biggs Square and will last for 2-3 hours,
RSVP necessary as places are limited.

Some of the places along the way: Biggs Square central courtyard garden, Leabank Square (Purple) Garden, Mabley Meadow, Mabley Green, Cre8 Arc, Wonder Yard Garden, Yard Theatre kitchen garden, Organic Wick and Vittoria Wharf garden, and others ...

The walk is the result of a conversation with Sarah Bancroft who, in collaboration with other residents, has been involved in setting up the Biggs Square garden project (see text below). The walk is a response to the desire to link up with other gardeners in the area.

BIGGS SQUARE GARDEN, E9

The garden in the middle of Biggs Square, off Felstead Street in Hackney Wick, is an experiment. It is now in its third incarnation. As the visual focus of a square which is just four years old and the home to 250 people who were strangers to one another until they moved into its 122 flats and maisonettes, this is perhaps inevitable. A community, as much as a garden, has to be grown.

In the first two years, the original landscaping – a mixture of 18 containers large enough to contain small trees, edge borders and a 25ft x 30ft raised central bed – suffered neglect (a gardening contract had not been put in place) and vandalism. The central bed, particularly, under-planted with uninspiring shrubs, became a toilet for dogs and worry for parents whose children chased across it. After considerable discussion, Family Mosaic, the housing association behind the square, got Groundwork, an environmental regeneration charity, involved: in late spring 2011, the central bed was remade into 24 "Vacant Lot" allotments for interested residents to grow fruit and veg. Eight gardening sessions were run to kickstart the project.

The garden's second incarnation had a good first season – until the school holidays when a combination of the end of Groundwork's sessions and bored children resulted in damaged crops and disillusioned gardeners. Vacant Lot struggled through 2012 with a dwindling number of growers and further damage. It was clear that without more input – chiefly a fence of some kind and a led, regular gardening club – the project would be unsustainable.

This year, we have Biggs Square gardens Mk III. A fence has been built, the plots slightly remodelled and we have the beginnings of a gardening club. A number of us feel the garden can be an important part of generating a flourishing community – a place to grow things, green the square and make strong connections. We are watching our space!

Re-Juice

Very nice to meet Thomas Fletcher yesterday and delighted he will be hosting the next Wick Session preceeding one of their Banquets made entirely from waste food. Thomas also runs the Re-juce company from his self build kitchen at Victoria Wharf in Fish Island- obviously - entirely made from reclaimed material.

To find out more about the Banquets visit their Facbook page
or have a re-juice here.

Wick Session #9 on Affordability will be co-ordgansied by Richard Brown on the 23rd of March at Victoria Wharf. More info to be announce shortly.