Mr Freeze-O-Cream yard, Monier Road

At the Mr Freeze-O-Cream yard on Monier Road, Fish Island, Ice Cream Vans wait out the winter until once again they can roam London’s sizzling sideroads and crisping parks. Trapped, they take refuge under tarpaulins and hide from the frost, yet still glow in vibrant contrast to the drab concrete and brick of the Wick, holding a promise of … Continue reading

SB_Scenario and Programme – A rough attitude….

Here are some initial thoughts on the development of a scenario and programme…I’ll be working on the drawings for the rest of this week, which will add to the development of these ideas. Any comments welcome / encouraged! A PDF of the text below is available here >Scenario and Programme – Attitude _SB_12-01-11… 1.0               INTERVENTION 2.0               … Continue reading

jh_interventions, emerging ideas etc

Hi all, happy new year! Sorry not to have posted sooner, because of where I’ve been staying have been almost completely offline (except for a couple of quick email checks) for the past couple of weeks so haven’t posted anything or been keeping up to date with the blog. Hope you’ve all had good breaks. … Continue reading

Ice Cream Vans as Spatial Production – Intervention (_SB)

Please find below some links to the work I have done so far. Thought I’d put it on my own site and link to it to save uploading all the images into one post… Story 1 – Mr Freeze-O-Cream’s Yard… Story 2 – Ice Cream Vans – (hibernation)… Story 3 – Ice Cream Vans & … Continue reading

Chora – ‘Public Spaces’

Chora’s book ‘Public Spaces‘ follows the preceding tome ‘Urban Flotsam’, and is a self stated application of the notions developed in that book… “The proliferation of the use of public space increasingly gives form to society…a search for a combination of form andoperational device that together create architectural space and quality. This combination provides a link between architectural space and urban, social dynamics.” ‘Public … Continue reading

Conversation with Joe’s Ices…

As part of my research I tried to rent an ice cream van, I rang Joe’s Ices based here in Sheffield. Previous attempts to act directly in Hackney Wick failed, as calls to the Mr Freezocream yard on Fish Island resulted in a very short conversation – in very bad English – with a guy … Continue reading

Intervention [JM] – Shelter

Pre-Christmas intervention task: My work focused on Hackney Wick’s feeling of ‘otherness.’ As a place, it is full of ‘other’ spaces; marginal land where ownership, rights and appropriation are manifest in ambiguous and multiple ways. These places include some of the yards, derelict factories and left-over strips of land next to the canal, railway and … Continue reading

Contractors’ Accomodation / Performative Suggestions / Station Approach…

Just a quick collage as a record of one performative intervention that we did get round to doing…there’s a quick video below also;


The Theory of the Dérive: Guy Debord —– “One of the basic situationist practices is the dérive [literally: “drifting”], a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances. Dérives involve playful-constructive behavior and awareness of psychogeographical effects, and are thus quite different from the classic notions of journey or stroll. In a dérive one or more persons … Continue reading

Some points to remember

Some points to remember in planning your investigations in Hackney Wick. – Be very clear about the specific codes that you are investigating with each exercise. Define each exercise through the codes that you are looking at. Be specific. – After identifying the codes, draw out themes that each exercise uncovers – e.g. boundaries, land … Continue reading