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For me, it was about the potentialities that we have like a conscious persons that we have  around our own environment. It´s related with the capacity to observe our “rubbish” in another way, seeing the same like a potential “seed” to built other things.

In reference to the exercise that we made, is made with rubber wheels, which could be mounted and fitted in the manner that you can built a chair, for example. But, this methodology applies to everything, the only barrier is our imagination and our creativity.

Rubber car wheels, hammer drills, screws, nuts, washers, etc.

Also we made an inflatable made with:

Plastic bags, tape, cutter...

I think this “tool” could be useful especially in spaces with a lot of access to recyclable materials, or in places where overshooting plastic and other materials exists.
I believe that the tool is very useful in raising awareness, which ultimately is what gets us to see the materials and consumption itself from other perspectives.

I learned about the importance of observing the materials, and the relationship between the structure of the material and content (level of industrial design) allows us to take advantage of the material itself other unexpected ways. You could say that it is a "redesign" open, so that you can give objects a second, third, fourth life etc.

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Visual Moderation

The Botanic Concrete version of Visual Moderation involves real-time note taking using drawing as it’s primary tool. Simple illustrations are used to explain and capture ideas, concepts and discussions in a concise and accessible format. Visual Moderation is a two way process where the moderator checks in and refines their notes in discussion with the people involved in the event that they are attempting to capture.

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Selection of marker pens/drawing materials

  • It’s a good idea for the Moderator to develop a short lexicon of imagery that they can refer to, to ensure that the process is efficient and delivered in real time. For example, if you are moderating a meeting about families and green spaces you should figure out how you will represent ‘family’ or ‘people’ as well as trees/plants/green spaces ahead of the meeting so that you have that idea in your head before you start. 
  • Remember that you are taking notes and that you don’t need to capture every single detail- go for the key ideas and concepts with an economy of language and then check in with the group to see if you have missed anything that they would like to include. 
  • It’s a good idea to think about how you will share the notes after the event: will this be through photographs or can you refine and digitise the notes?

The notes created using Visual Moderation throughout Botanic Concrete so far have been digitised and shared with the group via email and a dedicated Facebook page. The illustrations from the notes have formed a visual identity for the project and have been used for the website and for the branding of different tools and events.

Outputs:

Botanic Concrete Notes

Botanic Concrete overview

Mini brainstorm

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Brainstorming Session

The Brainstorming session took the key questions and what was found about what people knew and would like to know from the Project Launch to form the themes. This would further help to think of new ideas and create possible tools, events and collaborations between the community.

  • one curator/organiser/facilitator
  • participants/local community/people from different fields and interests
  • paper and pen, pencils
  • 5 tables
  • one title written on each table- COMMUNITY, GREEN, CULTURE, STORIES, FOOD
  • one long wallpaper for visualisation, by an illustrator, of the main ideas expressed during the night by the participants

Four questions were asked as the brainstorming was happening, and one illustrator would visualise on a wall paper the words and things we would describe. For example:

  1. Talk about the word “GREEN”
  2. Find a definition for the word and link it to one or more of the following titles: Sharing, experimenting, making, teaching, playing
  3. Find one or more actions that can be created in the field of your title, in the area of Garnethill and then discuss in which way you can all contribute in these actions with your own skills and knowledge. Share a proposal and understand how that could be part of the Botanic Concrete laboratory. Start from ground 0. Imagine that there is no architecture, no urban space. How can this action contribute to the world?
  4. Open discussion: Are these proposals achievable? What are the next steps?

"Very productive session. People started discussing about their Right to the City and their way of reimagining their neighbourhood. The Brainstorming ended with lots of wonderful ideas and concepts, such as the Photocoffee project which took place at the Project Cafe a few months later."

Outputs:

Botanic Concrete Notes

Botanic Concrete overview

Mini brainstorm

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