I was travelling through London last month and was privileged enough to help out with a great project currently going on called Remakery Brixton. This project is part of the community-led initiative Transition Brixton to “transform a disused garage block near Loughborough Junction into a centre for enterprise, training and community projects based on the reuse of waste materials. The Remakery will bring new life to 200 tonnes of waste materials each year, including furniture, bikes, wood, tools, musical instruments, computers, textiles and more. The project will provide training and volunteering opportunities and green jobs – equipping local people with skills for a low carbon economy.”
This project is “completely community self-build, meaning that the majority of work on site is being done by volunteers, under skilled supervision. As is all the project development work done behind the scenes. This keeps costs low and means the Remakery is truly being made by the community it will serve.”
Architecture For Humanity London is very much involved with this project, with their team helping out with designing the layout of each disused carpark space,the furniture layouts and even the furniture themselves, all using nothing but recycled materials or things that people have thrown away.
It was great to see so many people from the local community helping out with the building during the weeks. A couple of locals showed up during one of the co-design nights to inquire about the project. They were able to be shown around the place by the design team. This was quite encouraging to see first hand that a community project really does have an impact on people’s everyday lives, even if it doesn’t seem like a big task. Remakery is to planned to open in November 2013.