hernani

Acerca de hernani

is a designer and early became interested in 3 things: drawing, assemble / disassemble mechanisms and spelunking. studied analytic photography, design and graphic arts. worked as a designer in Tomar where he started his own studio. lived 3 years in Porto before went to Lisbon working on some well knowned advertising agencies. in 2006 moves to barcelona, by love. also gets involved with ecodesign and later with electronics and physical computing. was a founding partner, graphic designer, creative director and production manager. has won several awards of design, marketing and creativity. now he is a eco-designer and media artist focused on bringing the unknown beauty of nature to humans.

day one: prepare composters

today is our first day of a series of workshops.

we plan building this farm together and with so many things to build and many more to learn we setup the goals for this next months: building a urban composting system, build the first 8 tables for the families and 2 more if there are neighbours interested in growing their vegetables :) in between we’ll learn how to grow food. we’ll meet every friday from now until the end of april. come join us if you are around ;)

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from A to B

today is our last day in hort del circ. the city council wants to dig the roman ruins that are under the farm so we must leave. but one finish and another starts :p we are taking all the soil and some farm structures to taula amiga’s farm.

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l’hort taula amiga

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this is a project that we have been cooking for some time now. we manage to involve 3 institutions and give some meaning to this farm. the idea is to engage neighbors and users from taula amiga social cantina to produce their own vegetables. a farm has a tool just like we see it :p

the city council gave the allotment. no water, no electricity, no direct sun. design and biology challenges are all there :)

horticulture school of reus will give us the local approach. local seeds, small workshops of calendars and farm management, organic farm procedures and will keep an “eye” over the new year.

and taula amiga: we first meet fundacio formacio i treball through another workshop in barcelona. we needed washing machines, they didn’t have but in between we made a visit to their headquarters and we meet their social cantina project called taula amiga (friendliest table. in catalan sounds better:) every one in this cantina is involved in some kind of integration/formation work and the farm is meant to them. we will start with 10 families and some neighbors the design and the construction but first and until the spring of 2016 we are having horticulture classes and start a community composting.

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espai quiro farm containers II

 

uau, great day today!! we took apart pallets, cut some of them on strategic places, add screws , prepare some wood wheels and you get yourself a nice farm container :) all made with recovered materials from the surroundings.

next steppes will be building some more (will be dependent of the local-analog-crowfunding-campain that we are setting up:) and then apply our automatic watering system also made with urban trash ;)

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espai quiro farm containers I

today we meet to start build the farm containers. this is our lunch on saturday :)

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we started early preparing the base of the farm container.

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and then move along cuting woods, take apart pallets and making weels. here you find a link of the farm container in our wiki.

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composting at espai quiro

the idea is to start a group of urban composting, you know, we need to start making food for the vegetables :p

to start we’ll try 2 diferrent systems: a variation of berkley’s hotcomposting method and my friends Hermetia illucens 

for the hermetia illucens we will build composters from some old trash cans the the city council kindly gave to us. we’ll collect the leachate on a 1,5L pet bottle.

here some photos of the firsts gatherings.

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espai quirò

back in april we made an open call in hangar to give a workshop. it did not go through cause we didn’t had enough people, but among the people who contact us was M.U.L.A. a beautiful collective project of house sitting, a DIT project made with both human and materials from the surroundings where old buildings are recovered by the people and supported by the proprietaries. we and MULA started to talk of making a workshop on the upper town and for us is great to have a project in this part of barcelona. MULA with other local entities are promoting the use of a vacant allotment where a old clinic (quirò) was taken down. they have an agreement with the city council for 2 years. it’s 3000m2 and more or less half will be available for urban farming. since we can not use the soil we’ll built farm structures with wheels for urban mobility :) apart of building the essential structures: shadow, composers, farm structures, watering systems, a kitchen :) we’ll try to go further this time and one of the tools we will try to implement is the local cartography of raw materials to build soil. we need to select composter systems and recipes to start mapping the leftovers of restaurants, citizens and other specific ingredient to then make the schedule of collecting. some tricks we can made like for example make a dropbox only to egg shells or sea shells. you know.. not only the local gastronomy is deeply connected with different vegetables for different seasons, the compost you can make in a city is also connected like this: here people eat “tortillas” and sea food and this are excellent providers of minerals.

we are starting a local-analog-crowdfunding to this project. check here the poster duna made. we have 3 kinds of farm structures, a starting party with food included and other surprises for the supporters :p you can support this project on selected places, like pepi’s bar, where she will explain to you and in person all the great things about this initiative and if you have time you can also know a little bit more about the neighbor and the surrondings supported by honest food cooked by pepi’s husband and the espai quiro blog webmaster, antonio.

the first design-together starts next sunday. we’ll meet in espai quirò around 11h. see you there ;)

planta’t 2015

you know that we have been researching about urban soil for a while and one of the tools we have worked with is chromatography. next 7 june at the botanical garden of barcelona we will give  workshops with 2 variants of this separation technique: photo chromatography for soil samples and paper chromatography for leaves pigments separation. check the program here there are plenty of great activities ;)

fescamp 2015

this year we were invited by ciclica to give 2 workshops in fescamp. today I came with xavi to give our last workshop. have you ever been here? fescamp is a annual gathering that trough collaborative artistic practices promotes a critical reflection about the city of Sant Cugat del Vallès with focus on environment and sustainability.

we had a great workshop. many people interested in watering systems and e-trash recovering.

hope to see you there next year ;)

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madrid medialab_prado workshop

yeah! this time you must run!! in 4 days we’ll be traveling to madrid to give a 6 day workshop and build together the medialab prado farms :) this workshop is free for you there are still a couple of available places!! run run to here :)

 

barcelona workshop open call and back home :)

has been 6 years and we now return to hangar.org after studying 15 different cities, different food, different tools and different trash. it’s good to be back home with a workshop program that’s the most comprehensive we’ve done so far. we also have other plans for the other days of the week so if you want to build together your next low budget automated food table just join us if you want to collaborate on the space building or on urban composting you are more then welcome ;)

 

 

MACBA lettuces

on the 12th of november I went with sebastian to give a small workshop about transforming e-trash in a automatic watering system. this workshop is inside a wider educational program made by opensystems to the macba museum.

we needed a small farm so that we could implement the watering system but the museum doesn’t have any farm or garden so we decided to design one, prepare all the pieces and build it together. this is the first drawing :)

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so we need a structure that could be easy assembled and we had certain limitations: it must have wheels and it must fit on the museum elevators :)

so here are some pictures of the building process and at the end you have a pdf manual that we made to care and maintenance of the farm. you can also find documentation and the 3Dmodel on the wiki.

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refarmthecity wiki link

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SUFj day#1

SUFj  (Sustainable Urban Food and the j stands for jardin) is a garden team of iaac’s students: Wen, Mar, Sebas, Remita to create a rooftop garden space as a productive learning platform. I’ll be coordinating and we’ll have gatherings and many activities all tuesdays from january to june. this activities can go from helping the construction of farm structures, design objects that improve the circles present: water, food, waste or you can have a drink, a tea, watch a documentary, enjoy of a small jazz concert or take a step and propose something you feel that’s fits :) ok the invitation is done we’ll wait for you ;)

visit l’hort del circ

once in a while we have people asking to visit the circus farm and today was one of those days :) gemma wanted to know more about the project, we gave a walk and talked a little about permaculture and urban farming. we also add time to clean a bit and take care of some hungry caterpillars :p

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iaac 2015

we’ve good news!! from january to june the SUFj project will development new collaborative works and social happenings for iaac’s rooftop garden. me, wen, mar and sebas will give more news soon but if you wanna join us you are more then welcome. we meet every tuesday from 10h30 > 17h~20h

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on our first meeting we talked about what we need to do, what we want to build and logistic details. wen today brought 2 surprises: the companion planting diagram of the plants we already have

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and since today we also celebrate that sebas will be on costa rica for 2 months wen, prepared a goodbye-see-you-soon song ;)

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new farmers

some weeks ago olga ricomà, a teacher from the secondary school martí i franquès, asked us if she could come with her students and visit l’hort del circ. we say: sure! we are now on the perfect timing for the winter vegetables. so they came, I give them a tour on the different plants we have and how we can use them. lucky for some we also have aloe vera ;)

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then we started to prepare a table. here we use coco fiber and humus as soil. we planted red cabbage, savoy cabbage, onions, and romanesco.

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at the end we covered all the empty with ceramics pieces. keeps the moister on the soil and the cats don’t like walking on them :)

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the teachers also made some pictures, you can see them at their blog.

BJDW last days

yeah.. 8:00 another grey day today.. guilherme will fly in a couple of hours

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we still have to take apart a exhibition but we already miss beijing and this dream team.. had a great time working this last months with emilson and guilherme.. you guys got a green medal on the virtual wall of fame of refarmthecity :p hope you guys have enjoied your academic practices on a uncommon organization, reach your goals and learn new things. I surely did ;) now that we are on the credits, a special thank you for our curator gerard altaió. his intusiasm and confidence in our work set a higher bar. g, hope that we meet your expectations ;) a special thanks also to meimei our producer and chinese mentor. she run kilometers on her ebike to get the materials we needed and sometimes we were 3 on that bike + packs :) she was the bridge between us and the beijing reality. great work meimei and tks for your food suggestions, with out it we wouldn’t survived this 3 weeks ;)

last but not the least, a special thanks to cristina and eva from llull, lin lin and pei pei from re-up, all the participants in the workshops and of course all dashilar people, you have a amazing neighborhood.

ok, so let’s take all screws out.

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we have separated all the beer cans of last night party and when I was heading the exibition I found this women. she buys cardboard, plastic botles and metal. we’ve got 5¥ ;)

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all the used woods that we used. cleaned and sanded.

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all the screw we used. ready to be used again :p

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all the materials used for the exibition. 99% reusable and renewal materials ;)

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BJDW day#16

last day, last workshop ;( today we’ll make the gram staining test

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yeah.. you can see by gerard’s mask.. a grey day out there.. you feel kind of constantly tierd.. “they” tell you to stay inside.. and we did :)

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our lab conditions hehehe. luckly on this experiment if we have contamination of the samples that’s good ;)

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starting to look for bacterias. we need more distiled water. anyone knows how to ask?

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everyone played a lot with the microscope until was time for the party :)

here our mojitos farm in action.

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and the first goodbye.. here is emilson on mei mei’s moto. she is taking him and his bags to the taxi. in a few hours we’ll cach the airplane to brasil. we’ll miss you emilson ;( see you soon..

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BJDW day#15

today we were supposed to visit beijing agriculture university but everyone forgot that yesterday was china’s national day so yesterday, today and tomorrow no ones work :p

last night was raining but the signs hold quite well

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I used the time to prepare some ceramic sensors.

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we also had many visits

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then it all comes to an end. here we got some volunters to collect the leafes of mint and made a last minute workshop: how to prepare the mojitos secret mix for tomorrow’s party :)

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here is the party :)

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BJDW day#14

third workshop and a fundamental one: make soap. why soap? making your won soap is important if you recycle your bathing water. is very easy to do, gives a solution to the used oil, you control the ingredients and is super cheap to make a amazing good soap. you find dozens of recipes on the web. seach for cold process soap recipe ;)

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uau, this workshop was full, we never thought we had so many people! we made 3 rounds of soap no time for pictures ;)

BJDW day#13

second workshop: low budget automatic watering system.

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then we went to tan’er 23 (were our exhibition is located) to test tomorrow’s workshop. making soap with used oil.

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:D here is our friend niegbour. he lives 2 doors on the left and had came every day to see what’s up. he helped us many times without any common language. it’s amazing how we can learn by looking, gesticulate and drawing. me, emilson and guilherme we had great times together with him. shared smiles, hands, minds ans teas. thank you for sharing your time with us. we have enjoyed a lot ;)

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then after all the important pictures have been taken the press came :p

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BJDW day#12

today is our first workshop during beijing design week. we’ll give a walk arround dashilar and see what biology we find apart from humans :) guilherme will talk about that on “special” post. in the meantime here are some more pictures on a sunny day in beijing.

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i’m with guilherme finding out with a microscope the micro picture of the micro dashilar :) in the meantime emilson is filling the tubes with seeds. this afternoon the kids took all of them but they said that they will take the seeds to their grand parents. yeah right ;)

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BJDW day#8

today morning was time to rest a bit and walking on dashilar. it’s a amazing place, full of life and makers. sorry but no pictures today, made all of them with my eyes only :p

so 20:00, the party starts and here we goooo :) finally our mojitos farm on weels in beijing!!

if you are arround please come and join us ;)

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BJDW day#7

tomorrow is the official opening on bjdw. the exibitions will only open friday but tomorrow on the afternoon we’ll have the press and the openning party at dashilar’s market ;)

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pilar and william came to give a hand.

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23:30 and we are still putting seeds on the tubes but we have all the other parts of the exhibition ready :) tomorrow morning the plants arrive and we are done. what a week.. we worked hard but we made it!!! tomorrow let’s celebrate!!!!

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last note on the building were we have the appartment. our neighbours don’t know what is a trash can and every night we arrive home there is mixed trash all over the hall and corridor. they just open the door and trough away. can be a tv a ipad box or the rest of someone’s dinner, you open the door kick the trash, close the door and by magical it desapears. now imagine a hole city like this ;(

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