R-Urban London

Open Source Design





The White Building
Unit 7, Queens Yard
White Post Lane
E9 5EN

Wick Sessions #7 is hosting an evening of presentations exploring ideas behind Open Source Design. Projects include The Wiki House by Alastair Parvin and Nick Lerodiaconou, a micro-manufacturing unit for a South London high street by Assemble & Join and the online Hackney Wick Art Store by John Atherton.

Alastair Parvin will present the Wiki House project, an open source construction kit, developed in collaboration with Nick Lerodiaconou. The aim of the Wiki House is to allow anyone to design, download,and produce CNC milled houses and components, which can be assembled with minimal formal skill or training.http://www.wikihouse.cc

Assemble & Join will introduce their brand new community micro-manufacturing unit on Lower Marsh in South London. Situated in a former cafe and centered around a state of the art CNC machine, Assemble & Join offers local residents, school children, shopkeepers, market traders and community groups the chance to collectively research, design and build changes to the public realm to better suit their needs, as well as those of the community as a whole. This includes everything from way finding schemes and flat-pack market stalls to Christmas decorations and seating systems.

The final presentation will introduce The Wick Art Store, a new initiative run by John Atherton, which offers a store to studio art supply in Hackney Wick. The web based shop also comprises of a list of useful artist services and a local news page. It offers an open and free platform for artist and makers in Hackney Wick to share their tools, skills and resources, thus creating an informal exchange economy. The listing also provides a space for artist to publish events and services to a wider audience.

The three presentations will be followed by an open discussion.

The session is in conjunction with InterMix a two year creative training and development programme for Essex. Intermix aims to link mainstream organisations with community groups and individuals, and encourages best practice in artistic development, mentoring, and capacity building for Essex artists and arts organisations. public works is part of the intermix mentoring scheme.