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

Home aquaponics system build phase one

First phase of the build done this morning.  Tried to time lapse it all as suggested by tutors at my interim review but my phone died about two thirds of the way through.  Damn.  Oh well.  Will have to make sure it's fully charged next time. Warning: cowboy builder techniques are employed extensively throughout... ​… Continue reading Home aquaponics system build phase one

Building your own hydroponic / aquaponic farm

You may have noticed IKEA have some hydroponic systems on sale on their website.  I think they're also proposing to get in on the market for off-the-shelf indoor aquaponic units for farming at home too.  Apparently they're meeting with GrowUp to hone this further?  You used to be able to buy an off-the-shelf aquaponic system from… Continue reading Building your own hydroponic / aquaponic farm

Precedent | The Iraqui Mudhif

Another post I should have made aaaaages ago.  An example of a traditional form of building with reeds in the middle east - the mudhif.  Feature photo is from this flickr account here. Example interior, some have low-level openings between columns at their base, image source here. Also for reference are this blog article here, Wikipedia… Continue reading Precedent | The Iraqui Mudhif

Precedent | Vila Kopose | Archispektras

Love this sculptural use of thatch and the way the roof hovers just above ground level with the strip of glazing skirting the edges.  Seen here on Archispektras website. Thinking the HQ building could use a thatched roof if the reeds can't be used as structure.  Should be able to find a way to use… Continue reading Precedent | Vila Kopose | Archispektras

Precedent | Kontum Indochine Cafe + Wind and Water Bar | Vo Trong Nghia Architects

A widely referenced couple of projects. Impossible not to love the structure and expression of this bamboo cafe canopy in Vietnam by Vo Trong Nghia Architects' seen on the dezeen website.  Could provide some clues as to how to employ reeds harvested from the water meadows in my master plan as a construction material. Similarly… Continue reading Precedent | Kontum Indochine Cafe + Wind and Water Bar | Vo Trong Nghia Architects