DOT TO DOT© Remake Station, Maryhill
Maryhill is an area with profound historical heritage in risk. The Forth and Clyde Canal flows through Maryhill North Kelvinside, forming a vital part of the local economy. It was for many years polluted and largely unused after the decline of heavy industry but recent efforts to regenerate the waterway to navigation and recreation have gradually seen it rejuvenated.
In order to transform derelict sites, we will deploy portable remake stations to test/pilot our DOT TO DOT© digital technology with clinics, design solutions and live projects onsite by addressing community-led placemaking and waste remaking initiatives. This experimental site in Maryhill 636 is planned in three areas: [A] The Remake Station, our club; [B] the Heritage Food Dome, an edible indoor garden; and [C] Woody, a sensory woodland. The testlab site is fully designed with temporary structures made entirely from reclaimed materials like shipping containers, timber pallet boards, bricks, tyres, and other industrial waste to create a distinctive community-place run with workshops, café, art, science and food events, pop-up cinema and gardens where youth, students, children and creative social entrepreneurs share, make and celebrate together.
[A] The Remake Station is an eco-factory made of mobile shipping containers where remakers design, test, produce, exhibit, and sell or barter innovative products made from waste. The manual and digital workshops are flexible workplaces to run courses, incubate start-up projects and co-produce new minimum viable products like REPLASTICO© [future portal: www.replastico.com], a local plastic design that connect artistry, plastic waste and home-maker networks. Studio Pop team assists with design research, training and production made with reused plastic and electronic waste. It is a social plastic fashion committed to reduce poverty and save our habitats. It is an online boutique where our clients can design and tailor their own wearing product (i.e.: bag, purse, wallet, etc.) by selecting given templates from a design library. At Café Pop, remakers can organise cultural activities like celebrating cookery demonstrations made of season fruits and native vegetables; participating in language exchange, open talks, etc. They also can borrow portable tools and store materials at the T-Shed unit.
[B] The Heritage Food Dome is our community garden. It will be used to teach horticultural skills primarily to the children of Dunard Primary School and local residents of Maryhill. We plan to grow heritage herbs, fruits and vegetables like Red Emmalie potatoes, Amarillo carrots, Veronica cauliflower, and other varieties rarely found in supermarkets or groceries. This food is served in the Café Pop and community events.
[C] Woody, the forest of senses, is a natural place-place for kids. It will be used as experiential learning environment, where children, educators, researchers and wider community can share a multi-sensorial experience by adopting a tree and then measuring, testing, mapping and even monitoring wild life like birds, bees or mushrooms and several environmental parameters like light, temperature, humidity, water, and so on.