this sunday we’ll give a workshop in collserola national park. we’ll DIT our low budget automatic watering system in the farm of can pujades coop. if you are around barcelona area you are more then welcomed. by the way, it’s free :p
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 ;)
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 ;)
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 ;)
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 :)
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 ;)
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 :)
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.
This week the group of people that are going to be helping us develop our Soil, Food and the City project at the Medialab Prado workshop in Veracruz was chosen.
You can check out who is heading to Mexico for all the different projects here.
We can’t wait to meet this group and start sharing ideas!
We’re also going to start trying out different protocols to have an idea of what works and what doesn’t before we arrive to the lab!
last day, last workshop ;( today we’ll make the gram staining test
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 :)
our lab conditions hehehe. luckly on this experiment if we have contamination of the samples that’s good ;)
starting to look for bacterias. we need more distiled water. anyone knows how to ask?
everyone played a lot with the microscope until was time for the party :)
here our mojitos farm in action.
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..
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 ;)
uau, this workshop was full, we never thought we had so many people! we made 3 rounds of soap no time for pictures ;)
second workshop: low budget automatic watering system.
then we went to tan’er 23 (were our exhibition is located) to test tomorrow’s workshop. making soap with used oil.
: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 ;)
then after all the important pictures have been taken the press came :p
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.
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 ;)
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 ;)
pilar and william came to give a hand.
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!!!!
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 ;(
funny no? also important recicling organisms and proteins provider. this is life in dashilar :)
and today we continue with the table farm.
william came a gave a help ;)
ok 22:30 the table is ready and we’ll go have dinner with the rest of the bcn crew at the bcn house.
today we start building the table farm.
and we also started to prepare the bike. yeah!! the bike for our mojitos farm :)
mei mei is writing on the floor the list of things that must be fixed and negociating the prices ;) tks mei mei, without your help this would take more time and more money :p
ingenious bikes.. very robust, electricaly prepeared (see the second gear on the left?) and you can put a ton over it. a perfect veicule for our mojitos farm :D
yeah… last night the air was more clean.. 113 city average.. this days have between 200 and 300.. this is not a nice place to live. not only humans but the hole city’s ecosystem is suffering.
details, for some the above for us the below picture :p
we have to make a lot of holes to the seed bank so we “invented” a gadget to help us on making all the holes vertical and equally distant.
brasilian time to rest ;)
here is the nice poster that re-up made for our bjdw colaboration ;)
now the teas. for us this design week is an oportunity for people to come and see how easy is to make funcional structures. here is a detail on how can you store teas and spices and have hand available.
we are not the only ones building :) this is a typical construction structure of a hutong house. nice to see almost all renewal materials and low impact materials such as the briks they will use to raise the walls.
great meal pilar! tks ;)
so after running some errants and draw a bit more, today we’ll start building the table kitchen.
since this is an exhibition all objects will have a lable. here is her’s:
composting kitchen table cc-by-nc-sa design by hernani based on the artwork of agronautas.org, raumlabor.net and mazetas.coop
This table mixes a recovering water system, a pre-composting system (bokashi) and a food preparation table. Bokashi composting is a process in which organic wastes and leftovers can be anaerobically converted on ready-to-use fertilizer, using wood dust, wheat brans, or other mediums containing previously grown bacteria. It is specially suitable for urban farmers since it takes only 2 weeks to have the compost done, besides being safe and convenient, as it does not attract bugs and is odor free. Unlike more conventional composting systems bokashi systems can break down heavier items like meat, fish or cheese. Once the fermentation has completed you can add the scraps to a worm bin or bury them directly in the soil.
what’s the size of a chinese table and bench? let’s ask a neighbor
we also start cutting woods for our seedbank
ps: check barcelona in beijing blog for news ;)
pilar join us on this first day of cleaning and building.
last note on materials. see this screws? we had 1 box (500) of them but the material was so low quality that when we try to screw them they just bend.. tomorrow we need to get better ones.. aparently torx heads is not very common here so let’s see what we can get ;)
last day for finishig details before the opening party :)
this was one of the best workshops we had. we spend 4 months together, we visit urban and peri urban farms, we meet great people from scientists, agronomers, biologists, engineers to cookers, separation plant workers and social workers. I hope you guys have enjoyed specially all the 32 meals we made together. it was fun I’ve learn a lot! thanks you all ;)
another special guest today, surian.
a first move without the heating dance first and he hurted his back ;( lucky we had our specialist today nestor ;)
our lunch :)
at 16h we had to get out of iaac cause there are some rebuilding activities. we took the oportunity to go show valldaura to surian and get some herbs for the farm. ops, you got us.. we are prepearing a party :p next thuesday arround 18h. BYB and enjoy some cold teas at the iaac’s new urban farm ;)
today we had a special guest :) loida came and gave us a hand. no corner left to sanding :p
sebas, emilson and guilherme also came. we finish one container and we got 4 more pallets to the roof.
This week we’ve sent off a project that we hope will be included in the MediaLab Prado “citizen innovation” workshops that will be held in late November in Veracruz, Mexico.
Our project relates to soil health in urban and peri-urban areas and how ordinary citizens around the world can learn more about their soil, its processes, what it contains, and even how to improve it using open source tools. Click the pic below to read more about the workshop.
We’ll know if we will be on our way to Mexico in the first week of September, so until then, fingers crossed as we tend to the veggie garden!
we started making the feets :)
has always good food at our workshop. today pasta with sea algae and tomorrow guilherm’s pancakes :)
the materials for this roftop farm are reclaimed materials. some of them came from the iaac’s warehouse, other from the streets and others from the workshop participans. this constrain of materials makes this chalenge even bigger and delicious. enjoy this process of building together iaac’s roftop farm and if you ave any spare materials please bring to us ;)
check here all iaac posts.
first part of the structure is raised :D
apart from materials to make the farm structures we also need some more “tech” parts. today we went to solidança to get pressure switches, flow meters, water valves, water pumps, tubes and surprises that always come with the trash :)
next weekend we were invited to give a small workshop at fab10.org so we are also colecting extra materials.
during fab10 Sophie Thomas and Nat Hunter from RSA are also giving a workshop about e-waste and design so we brought some e-waste for them ;)
we are trying to use 30 wood frames that were used on some iaac exhibition. they are a bit fragile so we designed some blocks to hold them.
using the leftovers of coda we made the farm structure.
to hold the seed tubes we got a pallet and made the 288 holes with the CNC
after we settle our things in the dhub we went to give a hand to coda team ;)
on sunday we had the mini workshop in the morning, tks guys for coming ;)
and in the afternoon we were dangling arround fab10. in the midle we made a small stop and recorded the voice of vicky for the crowdfunding movie. tks vicky and ferran that carefully produced a great sound file ;)