WHEN - Friday the 30th of November 2012, 7PM
WHERE - The White Building, Unit 7 Queens Yard, 43 White Post Lane, London E9 5EN
CONTACT - info@publicworksgroup.net

Wick Sessions #7 is hosting an evening of presentations exploring ideas behind Open Source Design. Projects include The Wiki House by Alastair Parvin and Nick Lerodiaconou, a micro-manufacturing unit for a South London high street by Assemble & Join and the online The Wick Art Store by a group of local artists.

Alastair Parvin will present the Wiki House project, an open source construction kit, developed in collaboration with Nick Lerodiaconou. The aim of the Wiki House is to allow anyone to design, download,and produce CNC milled houses and components, which can be assembled with minimal formal skill or training.

Assemble & Join will introduce their brand new community micro-manufacturing unit on Lower Marsh in South London. Situated in a former cafe and centered around a state of the art CNC machine, Assemble & Join offers local residents, school children, shopkeepers, market traders and community groups the chance to collectively research, design and build changes to the public realm to better suit their needs, as well as those of the community as a whole. This includes everything from way finding schemes and flat-pack market stalls to Christmas decorations and seating systems.

The final presentation will introduce The Wick Art Store, a new initiative run by local artists, which offers a store to studio art supply in Hackney Wick. The web based shop also comprises of a list of useful artist services and a local news page. It offers an open and free platform for artist and makers in Hackney Wick to share their tools, skills and resources, thus creating an informal exchange economy. The listing also provides a space for artist to publish events and services to a wider audience.

The three presentations will be followed by an open discussion.

Wick Sessions are a series of talks, seminars and walks dedicated to Hackney Wick and its surrounding area, bringing together a wide range of voices and expertise. Wick Sessions provide a public forum for debate and exchange, with the aim of creating a shared body of- local knowledge around issues of bottom up and sustainable developments. Wick Sessions are part of R-urban

R-urban is a bottom-up strategy that explores the possibilities of enhancing the capacity of urban resilience. R-Urban initiates locally closed ecological cycles that will support the emergence of alternative models of living, producing and consuming. R-urban is supported by the EU Life+ Programme of environmental governance. The project partners are AAA, Paris (coordinator), the City of Colombes and public works, London. Wick Sessions are coordinated by public works as part of

The session is in conjunction with InterMix a two year creative training and development programme for Essex. Intermix aims to link mainstream organisations with community groups and individuals, and encourages best practice in artistic development, mentoring, and capacity building for Essex artists and arts organisations. public works is part of the intermix mentoring scheme.


3 evening presentations and one afternoonwalk,13thofNovember2012

Fish Island Live-Work, drawing by Richard Brown
Fish Island Live-Work, drawing by Richard Brown
Frontside Gardens material storage
Frontside Gardens material storage

3 evening presentations and one afternoon walk
13th of November 2012

Talks from 7pm in the Event Space at the White Building.
Walk from 3pm at WOW float outside the White Building.

The Wick Sessions are hosting a second evening of presentations exploring fabrication with recycled and reclaimed materials. The evening session brings together three practitioners with a wide range of experience in the field of sustainability and working with recycled materials.

Speakers at the evening discussion are Jonathan Essex a sustainable construction manager at BioRegional and co-founder of the Green House Think TankAndrew Willis from Frontside currently involved setting up and running Frontside Gardens, a flexible event space and skatepark in Hackney Wick, made from reclaimed and recycled materials and Christina Norton from Fluid, which were part of the delivery team of up-cycle festival Industri[us]which took place in Canning Town during July and August of 2012.Short presentations will be followed by an open discussion.

The Wick Session will be preceded at 3PM by a walk through Fish Island's self-built live-work units, looking at how artists and designer/makers have built affordable and productive environments for live-work practice.The walk will be hosted by various local residents of Fish Island and led by Richard Brown, author of the Summer 2012 Edition of the Hackney Wick Newspaper Supplement:'the live work collectives'. (view pdf in the Wick Curiosity Shop here) An LLDC supported research report revealing the inner world of the creative live-work units in Hackney wick and Fish Island.

'Fish Island Self-Built' walk on the 13th November 2012 from 3pm-4.30pm meet outside the White Building at the WOW float in Queens Yard Places for this walk are limited and RSVP is essential. To confirm a place email info@wickcuriosityshop.net

The White Building
Unit 7 Queens Yard
43 White Post Lane
London E9 5EN


Jonathan Essex
Jonathan leads the sustainable construction work at BioRegional. BioRegional co-founded One Planet Living with WWF, which sets out how we need to inspire and deliver a sustainable future that is not just zero carbon and zero waste, but uses materials sustainably so that we cannot happily and fairly live within our planet's limits. Jonathan is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Environmentalist with postgraduate qualifications in Development Management and Environmental Decision Making. Jonathan has consulted on the sustainability of development projects and programmes in the UK, Bangladesh and Vietnam, following a background in power, transport and maritime infrastructure with major consultants and contractors.Jonathan is also a co-founder of the Green House think tank and serves as a Green Councillor in Redhill, Surrey.

Andrew Willis
Andrew is a member of Frontside, a group of friends and family that have been at the forefront of various industries - combining Product Design, Skateboarding, Civil Engineering and Reclamation knowledge and expertise. Frontside are committed to reducing the amount of waste that currently goes to landfill.  They aim to recycle and/or re-use all existing materials on site, and like to take on projects using predominantly or solely recycled and reclaimed materials. Andrew Willis has recently been developing Frontside Gardens, a flexible event space, made from reclaimed materials with a family friendly skatepark as an anchor for the project. Frontside is based on a temporary use site in Hackney Wick, London, E9. 

Christina Norton
Christina is director of Fluid; she is an Architect with extensive experience in urban design, and large scale planning. With partner Steve McAdam she has shaped Fluid’s influential approach to generating frameworks for change informed by engaging creatively with local people. As part of Fluid, Christina has been involved in setting up the Industri[us]  ‘Festival of Upcycling’, which ran from March until August 2012. Industri[us] supported a number of existing upcycling businesses and start-ups making and selling products from furniture and art, to jewellery and fashion. The project was created entirely from borrowed, used or reusable materials – from pavers from nearby Olympics roadworks to plants from Chelsea Flower Show. In the process, the project provided paid training opportunities and work experience, with four of the trainees having since gone on to full-time employment.


Wick Sessions are a series of talks, seminars and walks dedicated to Hackney Wick and its surrounding area, bringing together a wide range of voices and expertise and setting up a public forum for debate and exchange, with the aim of creating a shared body of local knowledge around issues of bottom up and sustainable developments. Sessions are free and open to anyone who wants to take part. Venues change with every event.

Wick Sessions are part of R-urban Wick a project by public works and AAA to establishing practices and networks of urban resilience.