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R-Urban Charter - Join & Share

COP21 / R-URBAN CHARTER / 05-12-2015

We, citizen of this planet, we do not have time to wait anymore for concrete solutions from governments and international institutions to the global crises (Climate Change, ecosystems pollution, economic crisis, social segregation, etc.).

These crises are due in fact to our lifestyles, which produce too much waste and CO2, which consume too much energy and are based on individualistic behaviours that do not carry any hope for a better future.

To achieve a long-term sustainability for our planet, we need to reduce our ecological footprint by changing our lifestyles, by reducing and managing our waste and by reducing the CO2 emission, etc. We need to act quickly and coordinate our efforts, knowing that Climate Change will have immediate effects on all of us and not only on the ‘future generations’. In fact, following the conclusions of the most recent studies, if we do not act effectively within the next 5 years, our planet will become inhospitable in 15-30 years time.

The main R-Urban objective is to enable citizen to fight against Climate Change by assembling competences, enabling collective practices of urban resilience through civic networks and locally closed circuits.

COP21 / R-URBAN CHARTER / 05-12-2015

How to realise effectively this civic transition? How to initiate a radical change within our modes of living and working, consumption, transportation, food production, etc... ? How to initiate a citizen transition while we are all so busy with our everyday life and when it is so difficult to find funding for civic projects? How to start than?

Since 2008, a network of partners grown around the R-Urban strategy, acting concretely against global crises effects by setting up Hubs for Civic and Ecological Transition which allow citizen to change their lifestyles by consuming less, polluting less, recycling and mutualising more, etc. The R-Urban Units allow for the development of a diversity of programmes and activities: co-housing, urban agriculture, recycling and waste management, circular and collaborative economy, green transportation, local currency, solidary funding, etc...

Currently, the R-Urban network has built two hubs in a suburban town near Paris - Agrocité et Recyclab - and has started to build a hub in London –WOW. New hubs start to be initiated by different groups and stakeholders in France and in other places in Europe. Being part of R-Urban means having the necessary credibility for such initiatives, it is having access to specialist knowledge, networking with other projects, having access to funding, etc.
All initiatives are welcome and all citizens can join any project or team in the network. Civic organisations can benefit from the experience and credibility constructed in time by the R-Urban partners. We would like to multiply and diversify these initiatives by enabling a movement to emerge at different scales and levels via the R-Urban Charter. This Charter is meant to evolve in time, along the network, allowing the involvement of concerned citizen in a movement that works at the everyday level to face the planetary challenges.

Map of existing and emerging R-Urban Hubs
COP21 / R-URBAN CHARTER / 05-12-2015
Through the R-Urban Charter, we want to create opportunities for new project stakeholders and new emerging units in other neighbourhoods, other cities and other countries. The creation of new R-Urban Units is expected to explore and develop - practical approaches for a more sustainable society by relying in particular on the following principles:

• initiate or participate in a citizen initiative of ecological transition:
- Get involved in a group to develop a Unit or a local network of several R- Urban Units operating by in a complementary way (shared housing, local economy, smooth transportation, organic farming, etc.)
- Promote the emergence of a community of users and project stakeholders developing principles of urban resilience and citizen ecological transition.

• participate in the development of a R-Urban unit based on the following principles:
- Implement activities with a strong ecological dimension (CO2 reduction, reduced environmental footprint, management and reduction of waste, etc.)
- Support local economy activities, self-supportive and circular, participatory financing and the emergence of a Cooperative Land Trust, etc.
- Promote the sharing of spaces, resources and equipment to reduce the various types of consumption (energy, water, transport, etc.)
- Participate in the development of all types of public facilities able to contribute to the objectives of the charter.
• promote R-Urban principles and promote local dynamics, at a small scale, while contributing to dissemination networks on a larger scale, partnerships with specialists from different fields, etc. ; participate in the structuring of a just and caring society, overcoming the scarcity of certain natural resources and promote the collective management of R-Urban tools as common property.

• develop democratic ways of managing R-Urban Units by different mechanisms for sharing responsibilities and rights (one person, one vote, rotational assignments, fostering cooperative models, projects without profit and general interest).

• educate the public and elected officials, policy makers, professionals and local and international institutions about the priorities promoted by the strategy and the R-Urban units and fight against the global crisis via numerous local initiatives; challenge the government on the need to act against global crises, in order to put all the necessary resources and promote an environmentally just society.

• participate in evaluation dynamics and transmission of knowledge in the areas supported by R-Urban (urban ecology, renewable energy, pollution control, urban agriculture, etc.); contribute to efforts to improve the collective and institutional infrastructure (regulations, studies, analyses, national strategies and other scales, etc.) and thus support the development of projects and the R-Urban Strategy.

COP21 / R-URBAN CHARTER / 05-12-2015
In a practical way, stakeholders of resilient projects are invited to join the R-Urban Charter and make contact with the existing network to develop new initiatives and new R-Urban projects. Do not wait, start to act!
By joining the R-Urban Charter as a project leader, you express interest to initiate R- Urban Units and benefit from the support of the other members of the network, through knowledge exchange, specific partnerships (participatory financing, financial structures, business models, resilient practices, devices and eco-architecture prototypes). May also join R-Urban: groups of citizens who bring a project for an ecological transition unit, institutions, professionals, municipalities, networks bringing together various local actors, etc.

Membership is an act of commitment to ensure the realization of the proposed project, its operation within the network in order to pool resources, share skills, manage together the common assets (knowledge, resources, technical and financial structures, etc.). Drawing on the skills and knowledge already acquired, we could reduce on average by 40% the carbon footprint of each of us, and by 50% our CO2 emission. These concrete results will be accompanied by training seminars, by collective research of locations and spaces available for new units.

By joining the R-Urban Charter as a member, you can actively support emerging R- Urban Units in your city or nearby and participate on a continuous basis to existing activities. All members can benefit of the network facilities and resources and can get in touch with other members of the network: project stakeholders, researchers, architects, etc. in order to help with the creation of new Units. You will be able to join in emerging teams who are setting up new projects in your proximity.

A first meeting with new members will be organised in the next month. We need indeed to cross our forces and competences to increase the impact of our current actions in order to influence positively the future.

- On behalf of the collective / team ...................................................... with the objective of developing a project ......................................................... in the spirit of R-Urban Charter 

- On my own name........................................................................to join and promote the principles of the charter and integrate into existing structures or R-Urban groups near my place of residence. 

- On behalf of the institution ........................................................................ to promote R-Urban principles through dissemination networks at different scales and within different institutional and professional milieux 

Signature Date:

Download a pdf of the R-Urban Charter here

R-Urban Wick at Paris Climate Conference, COP21

R-urban Wick will be joining with our collaborators R-Urban Colombes at the Paris Climate conference on Satruday the 5th of December to discuss collective resilience and launch the #SAVERURBAN exhibition at COP21.

Seminar on Collaborative Civic Resilience
Le Bourget
Room: Salle 10
5th December
15h15 - 16h45

Field notes: The third ‘Build a Micro AD weekend’

The third ‘Build a Micro AD weekend’ (3rd & 4th October)
Last weekend we had another sunny couple of days working on the project. Our engineer, Guy, delivered the digester and prefeed tanks and the focus for the weekend was to finish the framework for the tanks, design the internal layout for all the systems that will be housed in the shipping container, and make up the anaerobic digester.

In the previous build weekend we had constructed two low-cost bunds; waterproof membranes in wooden frames that contain any spillage from the tanks. We’d also built the housing for the tanks. This weekend we had to finish these off, insulate them, and design in the access routes to feed, monitor and clean the system.
We worked in pairs or teams on a range of tasks, including:
• Salvaging timber (disassembling the temporary bridges used in the park during olympics )
• Insulating the digester and pre feed tank
• Modifying the digester tank
• Designing a stand for a manual macerating unit for the food waste
• Preparing the plumbing fittings for the prefeed tank

The Group:
We had a mixed group of about 15 volunteers coming from all over London and with different interests. Some people were just looking for a fun activity to get involved with on a sunny day, others were specifically interested in learning about using food waste to generate energy, with plans to build their own units in the future. Others wanted to share their skills from engineering, product design, hacking and architecture to help build this ground-up demonstration of a small-scale circular economy.

The aim is for these weekends to be about getting to know people, getting to know the process, but also find opportunities to develop the project.
We are looking for local E20 volunteers who would be interested in being part of the management team with us to help run our circular economy. We will need to start a food waste collection service and fertiliser distribution network. We have a number of local cafes and growing groups interested in providing waste, and in taking fertiliser.

We have space to open a micro café on site and are looking for people who would be keen to pilot it. The digester will generate gas for cooking on the site.

Upcoming tasks (next build weekend 17th & 18th October):
There are a number of separate closed systems to build for the unit which all have to be fitted in or on the shipping container. A key task for the coming weekend is to design the system layout and begin work on the connections which will allow the waste, water, gas, heat to flow between the different parts of the system:
a water system; water is needed to help the food waste circulate. Food waste is macerated before being fed into the pre-feed tank. This will be recirculated to help feed in fresh food waste and reduce water consumption but some water may still be needed to ensure it’s the right consistency to go through the pipework into the digester. We also need water to wash waste caddies and possibly to use in an onsite cafe. This means we need to have a rain harvesting and a clean/dirty water storage system.

A heating system; the microorganisms inside the digester need to be kept warm (approx. 36°C), to enable the food waste to break down and release the biogas.

A biogas system; the gas produced needs to be collected. It can be used in a boiler for the system’s own heating system, inside a polytunnel on site to extend the growing season, or in a gas burning for a mini kitchen / café.

An electricity system; we need electricity for the pumps, to monitor the system and for other uses on site. We’ll be using solar PV cells to generate electricity alongside a charge controller and batteries for storage. An inverter will be used to convert electricity from DC to AC where necessary however, we will try to keep as much of the digester and heating system running on DC as possible to avoid losses.

Next weekend (17th – 18th October)
This coming weekend we’ll be on site again and focusing on:
• Completing digester and pre-feed casing
• Installing water tanks (IBCs) and piping
• Wall layout for all control panels and biogas boiler
• Discussion on future management and the extended AD project
• Continuing to harvest timber
• Other tasks to be confirmed

The Wick Common Shop: BBQ in the Mobile Garden City

Come along on Wednesday 19 August from 4.30pm to 7.30pm to visit the Wick Common Shop's archive with a FREE BBQ at the The Mobile Garden City. The Shed invigilator and artist Sara Karpanen will be giving ‘shed tours’ and hosting a participatory art work for public.

Join for the BBQ, face painting, and a smoothie bike for you to make own fresh fruit smoothies. There will also be a community gardener there to answer any of your gardening questions. Please feel free to bring along your own picnics and refreshments.

For a six-month period the Wick Common Shop hosted events, workshops and exhibitions around the idea of the ‘Common Object’ at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Shop’s current residency is in the Mobile Garden City.

Mobile Garden City was developed from an original concept and design ideas by Public Works and Somewhere. Groundwork London is managing the garden on behalf of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.



For the last three years public works has been collaborating with Atelier d'Architecture Autogérée (AAA), on R-Urban an internationally acclaimed professional and citizen initiative of resilient regeneration in Colombes, near Paris and in Hackney Wick, east London.

AAA along with many local, national and international collaborators established this unique project consisting of an urban agriculture site 'Agrocite' and a recycling centre 'Recyclub'. The new municipal government of Colombes wants to replace R-Urban with a temporary car park and destroy this exemplary project as soon as September 2015.

We urgently need all your help to stop this from happening and persuade the municipality and other interested authorities to preserve this project. Please sign the petition, circulate in your networks and get people to support R-Urban.

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION HERE & CIRCULATE! ... and don't forget to write a reasons for your support along with your signature.

#saveRURBAN - Réseau de pratiques citoyennes résilientes from atelier d'architecture autogérée on Vimeo.

- Thanks you all for you support -


The Wick Common Shop mini residency progamme starts in July. The residencies will have public workshops, which visitors can paricipate in. The Wick Common Shop takes place in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where it documents the area's unofficial and "minor" history through an eclectic collection of memories, local produce, memorabilia, oral history, songs and stories. It doesn't provide an overarching narrative, but a tapestry of mostly disregarded facts and experiences one can navigate in various ways creating as many narratives.


WHEN: 19th June 2015, 11am - 1pm
WHAT: Workshop
WHERE: The Wick Common Shop, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (south of the Park, by the fountain right next to the Orbit)
WHO: Andrea Nicholas De Montis, Joao Braganca Gil

Wick-ed Products is a hands-on workshop, led by designers Andrea Nicholas De Montis and Joao Braganca Gil. The workshop will investigate the relationships we have as users of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the Park landscape itself. We will make and use objects as conversation starters to understand and discuss the Park and explore how products can suggest new possibilities for future uses. Referring back the Park’s previous histories of collective and self-organised activities and spaces, as documented in the Wick Common Shop, the workshop will initiate a collaborative Do-It- Together inquiry into public space.


WHEN: 27th – 28th June 2015 11am - 5pm
WHAT: Workshop
WHERE: The Wick Common Shop, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
(south of the Park, by the fountain right next to the Orbit)
WHO: Foxtrot Collective

Foxtrot Collective will invite visitors and locals to question virtual representations of reality. There have been many computer generated images of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which are produced to showcase the futuristic vision of the area. However, is ‘What you see, What you get?’ Can these digital projections help us understand its current reality? The collective will present a series of interactive objects such as virtual reality glasses and a handmade zine which gathers our findings and interpretations on “homemade augmented reality”. This will be printed in advance and the booklet will be bound on site according to visitors’ suggestions.

Foxtrot Collective takes its name from the international maritime signal flag, the definition: “I am disabled; communicate with me.” This reflects a desire to interact with the mind of others who benefit from creating common experience. The collective consists of four local creatives coming from distinct disciplines of urbanism/design/photography/art, who value the types of crossexamined knowledge arising from interdisciplinarity. Our collective built itself spontaneously as we felt the need to individually explore our own field and collectively express something about our environment.


WHEN: 4th – 5th July 2015, 11am - 5pm
WHAT: Poetry walk and writing workshop
WHERE: The Wick Common Shop, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
(south of the Park, by the fountain right next to the Orbit)
WHO: Jude Rosen and Julian Cheyne

Anyone curious about a different take on the Olympic and Paralympic Games and imaginative, critical retelling of the story, can participate.

Saturday 11 am - 1 pm Workshop 1: How to search the archive, record people’s stories on the street and our own impressions of the area.
Saturday 2 - 5 pm: A Poem and Living History Walk of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: an alternative view of the legacy redevelopment. Everything you wanted to know about the Olympic Park but never dared to ask.

Sunday 11 am - 1 pm Gathering Material Walk of Hackney Wick collecting untold stories and intriguing objects.
Sunday 2 - 5 pm Workshop 2: turning snippets of interviews, stories and inspiring objects into short prose, poems and newspaper articles.

Jude Rosen is an urban researcher and poet. She has specialised in urban culture, diversity and citizenship using narrative methods. Out of a collaboration with artists’ group WeSellBoxesWeBuyGold, she began to produce the Reclamations poems of walks, voices and narratives from the former Olympic zone and borderlands.

Julian Cheyne is a historian by training and former resident of Clays Lane estate who opposed its compulsory purchase for the former Olympic village. Since 2006 he has written for the Games Monitor website and continues to monitor the legacy of the Games.


WHEN: 12th July 2015 at 2 - 3pm
WHAT: Walk
WHERE: Hackney Wick Overground Station
WHO: Henrietta Norton, Dan Dennison

Documentarist Henrietta Norton’s grandmother Iris Bedell grew up in the Wick back in the 1930s. During a two-day residency, Henrietta will document the memories of her grandma about the area at the Wick Common Shop. On Sunday, Iris will lead a walking tour around the Wick. The journey will be recorded into a podcast that other visitors can download. The tour will end at the location of her grandma’s old house on White Post Lane, where Henrietta will project photographs on the spot they were taken over 80 years ago.

Henrietta Norton is a creative producer and documentary maker who has worked on a variety of large-scale, social and creative projects across the UK and internationally. Most recently she has been producing and directing an independent documentary in Northern Ireland following a project she created and produced in Derry – Londonderry in 2013 called ‘I am not quiet’. Hen is currently shooting a short documentary in North Dakota as part of a feature for the Guardian US.

Dan Dennison is a director of photography & co- producer. Dan travels extensively documenting current affairs, humanitarian crises, social and political issues in various regions of the Middle East, North America and Europe. Dan’s a stringer for Getty Images News with his photos and feature stories appearing in print and online. He works with many other clients; both editorial, commercial and on many personal projects.



Mini Exhibition at the Wick Common Shop 23rd and 30th May 2015

For five weeks, students from Central Saint Martins School or Art and Design, textile course have been developing concepts for new materials and textile products for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. In particular students were invited to take the Wick Common Shop, its memories, past communities and self-made urbanism as inspiration and points of departure.

On the 22nd and 30th of May the Wick Common Shop presents a small selection of some of the students work, including research development work and prototypes. Work was selected for their connection to the ethos and sensibilities of the Shop.

Come visit us and have a look for yourself the shop is open every Saturday from 11am - 5pm.The current location is in the South Park by the fountain right next to the Orbit.

CALLOUT: Mini Residency at the Wick Common Shop

The Wick Curiosity Shop is seeking artists, makers and thinkers to use 'The Wick Common Shop' for a mini residency anytime in May or June.

The Wick Common Shop is not a shop. It is an archive, a billboard, a venue for discussion, a studio and sometimes a shop.
The Shop documents the areas unofficial and "minor" history through an eclectic collection of memories, local produce, memorabilia, oral history, songs and stories. It doesn't provide an overarching narrative, but a tapestry of mostly disregarded facts and experiences one can navigate in various ways creating as many narratives. For a six month period from February to July 2015 it is in residence in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where it hosts events, workshops and exhibitions around the idea of the 'Common Object', artefacts which are not conceived for individual gain but which express ideas of a common good while at the same time unearthing and revealing hidden relationships or narratives about the locality.

We are looking to support three proposals each with a modest budget of £250 (£200 fees and £50 materials). Proposals should span over a two day period including a Sunday but can last longer if the needed. Residencies can happen any time in May or June and should have a 'public moment' to allow visitors to the Park to engage with the work.

The Wick Common Shop is open Saturdays from 11am-5pm, A free 'Shed Tour' takes place every Saturday at 1pm. Additional events are advertised on our Website, via social media or at the Common Shop. Facebook: Wick Curiosity / Twitter: @wickcuriosity / Web: www.wickcuriosityshop.net

DEADLINE: 8t of May 2015
Budget available for the residency: £200 with a £50 material contribution

- A brief outline of the proposed work (500 words max and a few images)
- Who is involved including a short Bio (1paragraph)
- Your ideal date, time and duration
- Email your proposals to: andreas@wickcuriosityshop.net

The Wick Common Shop is a project by public works and has been commissioned as part of the Park's Local Programme, run by the London Legacy Development Corporation. Find out more at: www.QueenElizabethOlympicPark.co.uk

The Wick Common Shop

The Wick Common Shop is not a shop in the traditional sense. It is an archive, a billboard, a venue for discussion, a studio and sometimes a shop.

For a six month period its residency takes place in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where it will host events, workshops and exhibitions around the idea of the ‘Common Object’, artefacts which are not conceived for individual gain but which express ideas of a common good while at the same time unearthing and revealing hidden relationships or narratives about the locality.

There will be a number of billboards attached to the shed to which we will attach large scale posters which will change on a regular basis to keep the shed animated when not in use. Posters will be printed in black and white using the identity of the Wick Curiosity Shop (see website). Large posters will be produced using tiled A3 paper. On Saturdays The Common Shop is invigilated by an artist Sara Kärpänen, who is interested in exploring models of perceiving, making and exhibiting art in non-art spaces. The shop is open for public every Saturday 11-5pm.

Common Shop is a mobile structure that's residency takes place in Olympic Park.

The shed is currently in the Fountain Area, South Park.

Shed locations:

1. Fountain Area, South Park

2.Tumbling Bay, North Park

3. Mobile Garden / Chobham Manor