Aquaponic build phase 2; plus some pump tests

Pump arrived and I was worried about it being underpowered so did some tests... ​​ Not good results.  Maybe the straw pipe is too narrow? See below... Caught a time lapse of the second build phase (in full this time) today.  ​​ Downpipes fixed and inlets / outlets drilled. Nearly ready to start farming. Plant… Continue reading Aquaponic build phase 2; plus some pump tests

So Make It Southampton

Cased out Soton's maker community premises. They've got a pretty good set up there. 3D printers, soldering station, laser cutter, metal lathe, circular saw etc etc. Was loving it!  Going to join I reckon. Might try making one of these one day even.  Several of the guys had made their own 3D printer.  People were… Continue reading So Make It Southampton

Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

Went to go to the FARM:shop in Dalston as it was supposed to be open and the directors were meant to be in to talk to volunteers, alas the doors were shut and it was not to be.  But just on the opposite side of the road was this place.  They do run volunteer workshops… Continue reading Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

Winchester Hidden Waterways Walk

Went on another of the summer's Hidden Walks in Winchester using this handy little map handed out to us: Lots of pretty old brooks in Winchester.  The reason for 'The Brooks' shopping centre name is much clearer now!  Sitting as it does between Upper and Middle Brook.  Fairly obvious really when you stop to think about… Continue reading Winchester Hidden Waterways Walk

RAA Sensing Spaces | Architecture Reimagined | Diébédo Francis Kéré

Video from 2014 of Diébédo Francis Kéré speaking about the methods he employs in his home of Burkina Faso.  Community-built projects that as a result create a better sense of ownership over a place and love for it.  People care more about the places they have had an involvement in creating.  It's quite an apt example of… Continue reading RAA Sensing Spaces | Architecture Reimagined | Diébédo Francis Kéré

Precedent | Modular Mashambas Skyscraper | Pawel Lipiński & Mateusz Frankowski

Post on dezeen of the winning entry to the 2017 International Skyscraper Competition, The Mashambas Skyscraper.  It's a modular farm tower in Africa that can be expanded as needed to include many other community facilities like a nursery, doctor's surgery and drone landing port for transporting goods on /  off the tower.  An interesting precedent for… Continue reading Precedent | Modular Mashambas Skyscraper | Pawel Lipiński & Mateusz Frankowski