YT visited Mobile City Garden early in June to attend EcoDA collaborative workshops held as part of Co-designing resilience project. Hackney wick based Public Works Group hosted the group of locals, garden volunteers and representatives from other projects partners to consider ‘urban resilience’ within the context of the Mobile Garden City and how it relates to their current interests and garden activities.
CO-PRODUCING DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY FOR OPEN-ACCESS KNOWLEDGE
We sat together in an open top shipping container (chilly) and each took turns responding to questions and offered insights of our own. The focus was very much on the needs and activities of the garden but also allowed for consideration of related activities of attendees. One thread of discussion investigated how to add public information systems offering wireless access that direct traffic to inform on general garden updates and biogas status. This was followed with some tasty home grown soup, bread and cake before we retreated from the rain!
Dr Davide Poggio is involved in the biogas processing prototype on the site which has a link with biogas pilot ISABEL in Humberside. A dedicated container on site holds the methane processing unit with gas reservoir in construction adjacent. Solar panels provide the electrical energy required to activate the pumps and sustain good conditions for gas production.
Local volunteer to the garden project Noel was my very knowledgeable and helpful guide, pointing out with the aid of this site plan where the various elements of the project linked together. There is a large garden nursery area where a wide range of vegetables are grown for use in food production at the on site cafe. I also spotted an outdoor theatre, clay pizza oven and bicycle workshop.. will return soon.