Guerilla Ecology

carrot-city_draft_crop guerilla-eco-pie-menu MultiFlow-rainwater-harvesterGuerilla Ecology @ Edible Eastside, Birmingham, 2012

Co.lab, Birmingham City University

Guerrilla Ecology’ takes advantage of the lapse in urban regeneration brought about by the financial crisis that emerged in the late 2000s . Students investigated the latent potential of the Warwick Bar site to offer an alternative and (potentially) temporary future of the site, founded on ecological concerns. The site became a test bed for techniques, ideas and events related to the idea of ‘productive landscapes’ with a focus on education, experimentation and community engagement.

The research was presented as part of Carrot City, a research initiative organised by Ryerson University, Canada. Carrot City was exhibited at Millennium Point in May 2012.

The project culminated in the development and construction of a prototype for a water harvesting structure with a limited budget and resources. The prototype is to be developed into a working model for use at the Warwick Bar site.

Client: Edible Eastside

Tutors: Mike Dring, Russell Good, Miles Marshall (student mentor)

Students: Thomas Cotton, Ben Pipkin, Emma Ibbotson, Grace Partridge, Riccardo Iannucci, Imogyn Nicholas

Research Question: Investigate the latent potential of the Warwick Bar site to offer an alternative and (potentially) temporary future of the site, founded on ecological concerns.


11-50, Analytical, Architecture, Birmingham, Birmingham City Univ., Client-funded, Curricular, Initiated by institution, Landscape Architecture, Months, Postgraduate, Semi-permanent, Students with tutor