Wind & height test

“Nope! That wouldn’t work – the wind that passes through this street is too strong. The falafel stall had real problems today due to the wind and it was much lower than this! It would be blown over in a second!” - Andrew

One to one testing

Purpose:

One of the proposals from Mark (Ronnies flowers) was to build a canopy above Berwick street. This canopy would keep the street dry and collect rainwater for the market traders to clean their stalls and hands. This canopy would be held up by columns that would provide electricity for the street and the market stalls. The electricity would be gathered through solar panels and small windmills on top of the canopy. To read more about this proposal check out Mark’s Water Collection Idea.” 

One to one test:

Still having some floorboards left, we decided to build one of the columns of this canopy. In Marks drawing these columns are solid square volumes that raise a fabric or plastic sheet above the street. Our approach was to see how these columns could help catch the wind and also how tall they could be to work with the existing structure of the street to raise the canopy. The height was determined by the height of the concrete canopy of the Kemp house. Could these new columns replace the existing canopy at Kemp house?  Could columns on the other side of the street be introduced to incorporate storage and seating?



Making:

The aim for today was to build a section of the column and test the scale and height in the street. Mounted together with bolts we quickly put it together and brought it to Berwick street. The winds were strong and to keep it standing upright wasn’t easy!


After taking one glimpse at the structure, Andrew gave us exactly the kind of feedback we are searching for! (also mentioned above)

“Nope! That wouldn’t work – the wind that passes through this street is too strong. The falafel stall had real problems today due to the wind and it was much lower than this! It would be blown over in a second!”.

 

More pictures form todays making process:

Trial two to come soon…

 

 

 

 

 

 



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