Hello and welcome to our brief summary of what we've been up to and upcoming projects.
We've recently got planning permission for a demountable structure to house an aquaponics demonstrator starting on site early 2020. The project for the University of Sheffield and working with WeGrowSocial, uses connected systems of fish and soil-free plant growing to address issues of urban food supply. In a similar vein, we've inititated a project at Abbeydale Picture House to design a modular street furniture unit that uses algal bioreactors and green walls to explore how these can reduce air-borne pollutants.
This autumn sees the start of an exciting project with The Hepworth in Wakefield, and as well as workshops with Anne-Marie Culhane with the Fruit Routes project in Loughborough, and migrant mothers with artist Tereza Buskova for an Arts Council funded collaboration.
We are also working with Birmingham-based Friends of Manor Farm Park on strategies for refurbishment and re-use of current deopt buildings to create a gateway to the park.
Finally, Polpo's Jon Orlek and Mark Parsons recently spoke at the CKC 2019: Rethinking, Resisting, and Reimagining the Creative City conference, with Jon talking about his PhD research into artist-led housing and Mark discussing the role of small enterprises, universities and community organistaions in the Tingas project which comes to a close in October.