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WICK SESSION #9 - Affordable Workspace: Saturday 23rd March 2013, 5pm

Saturday 23rd March 2013, 5pm

WICK SESSION #9 - Affordable Workspace: Saturday 23rd March 2013, 5pm

WHAT: Talk
WHEN: 23.03.2013 17:00–19:30
WHERE: Unit 1, Victoria Wharf, 10 Stour Road, London, E3 2NT
WHO: Richard Brown, Liza Fior, Thomas Fletcher, Anna Harding, Lewis Jones

WICK SESSION #9 is hosting a late afternoon of talks on the subject of affordable workspace in and around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The event will be held at Unit 1 Vittoria Wharf, the home of a wide range of young innovative and creative enterprises, who's futures are increasingly uncertain due to the recent compulsory purchase through their property for a bridge to the Olympic park.

Richard Brown will be presenting his campaign project 'affordable neighbourhoods'; an alternative proposal for the design, construction and provision of affordable work space on an interim basis on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; the work draws on the collective self-build studio culture in Hackney Wick and Fish Island, proposing a design build mechanism enabling the fleeting creative classes to settle in to this publicly owned new bit of city. www.affordablewick.com

Liza Fior, muf will draw on the work by muf in HW/FI over the last 4 years and in particular, the report Sustaining Creativity, which asked what would it take to keep affordable workspace in Hackney Wick and Fish Island. www.muf.co.uk

Tom Fletcher from the people's kitchen will talk about his use of the Vittoria Wharf shared work unit for his food recycling business; re-using discarded fruit and veg from whole sale markets for banquets as well as locally distributed Re-Juiced soft drinks. The Spring Swing Banquet will follow the Wick Session - for more information see below. www.rejuce.co.uk

Anna Harding will present the Change.org campaign to save creative workspace from the unintended consequence of planning policy changes. Eric Pickles, Secretary of State, DCLG intends to relax planning requirements so that developers can change office premises to residential without needing planning permission. This relaxation in planning does not guarantee affordable housing. The unintended consequence is the risk to jobs that may damage growth sectors in the economy such as creative and tech industries. www.spacestudios.org.uk
Click here
to visit the petition page to support the campaign.

Lewis Jones from Assemble will present the benefits and pitfalls of a number of approaches to 'building beyond your means' that Assemble have employed in their projects, ranging from ramming rubble, speaking in different languages, repurposing off-the-shelf industrial components, involving volunteers and being neighbourly. www.assemblestudio.co.uk


SPRING SWING - 7PM - till midnight

The Wick Session will be direclty followed by Spring Swing - a waste food Banquet held in Victoria Wharf to celebrate the seasons change after the Equinox on the 20th of March. Ticket price the banquet is £25 but a £5 earlybird discount is offered (only 30 available). RSVP needed - Wick Sessions are for free of charge.

The Banquets is a community fundraising collaboration between a collective of East London social enterprises, Rejuce, The Peoples Kitchen, The Koyaanisqatsi Trust, and The Luna Cooperative.

The recipe: Take a few pallets of food waste, add a host of volunteers, stir in circus, music, and performing arts, add an after party for flavour, let stew and serve a few times a year.

From plough to plate 20 million tonnes of food is wasted each year in the UK. Our Banquets salvage surplus food from the restaurants and markets of east London, funnelling the waste product of a destructive economy, to re-imagining our collective potential and co-create abundance.

Click here for further details.