Today was an extra day in which we completed our construction. We used a new design of creating an arch way so we had to dismantle the crates in order to do this. we nailed them together and used the spare crates as buttresses to make it look more grounded in the site and also to be used as seating. Our site we used was the courtyard in the Chatham building.
Posted 13 May 2014 11:36
We also on day two planted our mushrooms in objects we had bought in such as bottles and plastic bags
Posted 13 May 2014 11:28
Today we changed the material we were using from plastic green smaller palettes to more industrial wooden palettes that are found on building sites. We travelled to two sites (one near Uni of Manchester on Oxford Road and one just behind Chatham) we then experimented with piling them up in different ways but we had to completely change our design as we didn't have enough to achieve what we wanted to with the plastic palettes.
Posted 13 May 2014 11:18
We went to the Biospheric Foundation in Salford to understand more about urban farming and mushroom farming in particular. We spoke to Vincent Walsh to learn about the different systems that they use to grow different plant and fungi.
Posted 13 May 2014 11:03
Today we all presented our group proposals and merged them together at the end of the day. My groups proposal was to create a pyramid shape that curved over the top and created a 'cave-like' shape that we could hang our mushrooms off (that we planted in objects such as milk bottles, and plastic bags). We merged our ideas to form a tunnel like shape of opposing pyramids as this incorporated the fluidity and the sense of a journey through the construction.
Posted 13 May 2014 10:56
Today we all got to know each other and we were introduced to the notions of urban mushroom farming and the explanation of why we were doing this event. We learnt that in fact we were using coffee waste from the cafe in the Chatham Building and so I event incorporated recycling, 'using other people's waste'. We were told we would have to design a shelter made out of plastic or wooden palettes found in supermarkets to store the fruit and veg. We wanted to create something that we could hang our then growing mushrooms off in sort of a 'cave-like' way. Much like the examples the 5th years had already shown us in the presentation before hand so we got to work in our groups of 4 to come up with different ideas.
Posted 13 May 2014 09:19