Over the past couple of weeks Kim Cooper and I have been creating a canopy that can also function to collect rain water. We initially met and looked over the site to see how we could take advantage of the natural slope and the different posts and poles already present.
We sketched out some ideas on how to use some of the remaining vinyl material from Eric Deis’s photo mural “Last Chance” to capture and funnel the water.
The Grow Design Jam 5.6 brought the Design Nerds and the Grow project together for some creative, collective brainstorming around growing food, collecting water and composting at the Bulkhead Lab. Ocean and Alicia and I introduced the Jam with some information about the Design Nerds, Grow and a look at some innovative art, design, and architecture projects that use living materials.
The sun finally came out during our second workshop so we ended up roaming a little farther to look for infrastructure that could be used as support for growing. Heather came up with some interesting designs for floating gardens, might not be best for salt water but then possibly it would work in a water feature?
The first Grow workshop at Creekside Community Centre, was co-facilitated by Master Gardeners (Christine and Joanne) and Vancouver Design Nerds (Alicia and Ocean). We kicked off the workshop by looking at some inspiring examples of urban gardening from art, architecture, design and also guerilla gardening. Some of our favourite examples include the String Garden and work of artist Lois Weinberger.
Join artist Holly Schmidt, Vancouver Design Nerds, Ocean Dionne, architects, Stephanie Doerksen, Anne Maissoneuve and artist-gardener Lois Klassen for a workshop exploring the possibilities for growing food in the urban environment.
Join artist Holly Schmidt, Vancouver Design Nerds, Ocean Dionne and Alicia Medina Laddaga and a team of master gardeners for a workshop exploring the possibilities for growing food in the urban environment. Through observation, discussion and hands-on prototype building you will create and share new ways to grow food in the city. Small pocket gardens will be planted at Creekside and then suspended on chain link fences near the Grow project site. Take a miniature garden of your own to add some green to your neighbourhood.