Friday Sessions are informal talks and presentations hosted by public works on Friday evenings with invited guests and friends.

FRIDAY SESSION: LOCAL WASTE TO ENERGY AT TENT, LONDON DESIGN WEEK, FRI 20TH, 11AM


Friday September 20th from 11AM - 12.30PM
TENTOld Truman Brewery  Hanbury Street  - London E1 6QR

Small-scale sustainable energy production on a local level is common in the developing world, but can it make sense in the context of an established western city such as London?

Bringing together a wide network of waste to energy experts, inventors and designers, Friday morning's workshop led by R-urban Wick, is a series of short presentations and demonstrations exploring sustainable energy production and waste management for urban neighbourhoods. Come join the conversation!

Speakers include:

Guy Blanch
William Chamberlain
Fernanda Costa
Matt Hindle
James Marr
Iain Purves
Linda Royles
Rokiah Yaman

FRIDAY SESSION IN THE WICK: SELF-BUILD, FRI 13th OF SEP FROM 7PM, WHITE BUILDING


WHEN: 13/09/2013 19:00–21:30 
WHERE: The White Building, Unit 7, Queens Yard, White Post Lane, London, E9 5EN 
WHO: Sam BrownCalum GreenGus ZogolovitchMaximilian GoeschenRobin Turner

Wick Session #13 will host a conversation about self-build in east London. Hackney Wick & Fish Island has a well-established culture of self-build and DIY, driven largely by creative communities that have re-homed themselves here and adopted cheap, under-used buildings and open spaces as their workplaces and playgrounds. Although both highly productive and resourceful, this culture is also under threat - either through vicarious speculation on rising land and property values, or the continuing limbo of uncertainty surrounding stalled development proposals and changing planning legislation. What role could self-build play in the future of Hackney Wick & Fish Island? Who are self-builders, and what does it mean to 'self-build' here, in this place?

The idea of helping people to provide for themselves is key to the contemporary political context of Localism and the Big Society. Across the country, communities are being encouraged to do more for themselves, to take on more responsibility for the provision of local services and to participate in local planning and decision making. Support is being made available for groups that wish to take advantage of these opportunities, but the waters remain relatively untested. Concepts like the Community Right To Build, and Neighbourhood Planning suggest that 'self-build' should play a bigger role and the term has received increasing attention in recent months and years.

Calum Green will talk about the East London Community Land Trust, followed by short presentations by Gus Zogolovitch, who will talk about Custom Build Developer Solidspace's approach to self-build and his role with the National Self Build Association, and Maximilian Goeschen, who will talk about Gaia Gallery's project to self-build a floating permaculture barge on London's waterways using entirely natural or reclaimed materials. Sam Brown will then present the outcomes of the Motivating Collective Custom Build research project, led jointly by the University of Sheffield School of ArchitectureAsh Sakula Architects and Design for Homes. Robin Turner will speak about the work of Diploma Unit 5 at the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, which has been exploring innovative new models of self-build - and Custom Build - in east London, and is now working as a designer for David Kohn Architects.