A Connected Garden Party: on technology and the built environment

Jul 14, 2016 · London, United Kingdom

This July join us for a Connected Garden Party at the amazing Skip Garden in Kings Cross. 

Since it's summer time we'll be dining informally and al fresco for July's event, where we'll be talking about technology and the built environment. What does the increasing integration of technology into buildings, and spaces, mean for human beings? How is technology changing the way buildings are conceived, and constructed? 

We'll be hosted by a fantastic social enterprise who are temporarily occupying spaces in Kings Cross Goods Yard with pop-up gardens. As if that were not enough, we're even thinking of trying to organise a swim for braver guests in Kings Cross pond beforehand. 

Tickets available at £25, just RSVP to bag your space.

Special guests include: 

Antonio Pisano, is a founding architect at Marcel Mauer practice, who recently stood for the RIBA council with a platform focused on Digital Futures and Open Data. Antonio has vast experience as an international architect, and recently led an amazing social project called La Polveriera to reinvigorate abandoned military buildings in Italy. He's a regular speaker and writer and is particularly interested in the role of open data in construction, as well as the broader implications of technology and the way it influences human experiences. 

Gaye Soykok is a technologist and architect continuously trying to understand and explain how technology can enable meaning, value, scale, absurdity, transformation and evil. She is currently working in NTTDATA UK as the director if technology and innovation. She has worked as an architect on several different R&D and technology companies. She is also a founder member of a makerspace in cambridge (Makespace) , technology member of nerdworking collective and a future exploration member of any NEXT technology or the NEXT use of technology focus community. Find her on @dadabit

Menu: We'll be serving up an al fresco menu, including ingredients sourced from our hosts' own veg plots.

We'll be starting with a complimentary herb cocktail on arrival, followed by some vegetarian pizza cooked in their wood fired oven. 

Later we'll be tucking into a healthy vegetarian bbq, and finishing off the evening campfire style with toasted marshmallows, and bananas in chocolate.

The Skip Garden is in the middle of the King's Cross development area, a construction site of 67 acres. Set among the cranes and the cement mixers, the apartment buildings and the office blocks, it is an urban oasis with a twist - a portable garden that moves to different locations on the King's Cross site as and when land is sold and built on. 

It is a garden of a thousand hands, built by young people and local business volunteers, together creating a new and sustainable community. It is a unique space where apple trees, pumpkins and beans grow out of skips, and tomatoes, ginger and chillies grow under polytunnels made with water pipes and polythene.

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