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Picture by Andreas Lang

Mobile Garden City for Chobham Manor

We're very busy at the mo working with public works (who we've worked with before in various guises from the wondrous Egremont Folk Float to the Abbey Gardens Honesty Stall). We've been appointed 'Design Champions' (Yes, we wondered that too :-)) working with gardening charity Groundwork London, to design a temporary 5-yr garden that will move twice - yes TWICE - in its life.

The rather windswept site (pictured) is our canvas, but in reality it has a great view of the velodrome, some rather smart flats nearby, a nice cafe / play area and of course the brilliant expanse of the Queen Elizabeth Park (former Olympic Park) right beside it. The growing space will be comparable to our nearby 2009 garden project What Will the Harvest Be? at Abbey Gardens and ground pollution means raised bed growing again. We're having a lot of fun looking at English garden city design principles in the early 20th century and coming up with ideas around the paradoxical concept of a moveable garden....watch this space as the project unfolds!

Somewhere We Don't Know

Gathering up of Somewhere

Just one week to go till I mobilise southwards with a car full of wonders to contribute to our forthcoming show at Cambridge's lovely Kettles Yard. These things range from home-made jam to a kilt. Now that I type that it doesnt sound like much of a range.

Designer Koby Barhad has taken the show design by storm and is producing lovely things for walls and bits of paper - this scan was for one of his things, so you will be as thrilled as we are with the results I'm sure.

Opens to the public September 13 - lucky for some :-)

Floating Cinema Launches ...

Well at least virtually as the VERY nice new website went live this week. Many thanks to our long term collaborator Dorian Moore for the lovely design and build. My favourite feature is that I can blog to the site straight from my phone and the info not only gets automatically posted but the geo tagged images appear on a map of the canal system too.

We'll soon be launching the actual boat/cinema, if you live in East London put July the 1st in your diary when the project begins with an evening of projections up near Springfield Marina in Stoke Newington - everyone welcome. 

Image: Pope & Guthrie (Photography Marc Henrie)

We made WMMNA!

As some of you will know I teach one day a week at the Royal College of Art in the Design Interactions department. Let's just say that, at times, it's quite different to the rest of my working environment and different things 'count' there ... both in terms of 'academic research' and recognition. It seems though that getting onto Regine Debatty's (really good) Blog 'We Make Money Not Art' counts for a lot - within 3 minutes of getting an email with the link from Regine I also got a text about it from Tony our professor and no less than 5 of the students mentioned it that morning. It seems after 14 odd years of working in the same department I have finally arrived!

Anyway it's a nice piece (which you can read here) about our Cat Fancy Club project which Anthony Nicols and Leslie Lyons also contributed to.