R-Urban

Wick Curiosity Shop

The Collection

Tool Lending Library

What:

Workshop

When:

2014

Where:

Swan Wharf
60 Dace Road
Fish Island
London
E3 2NG

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN TOOLS AND YOU LIVE IN EAST LONDON?
IF YES, YOU CAN SUPPORT THE OPENING OF THE R-URBAN WICK TOOL LENDING LIBRARY

It's time for East London to have a brand new R-URBAN TOOL LENDING LIBRARY! A place where makers of all kind can find what they need: quality tools, a network of other makers that can provide advices and experience and a community intersted in sharing knowledge and skills.

The R-Urban Wick Tool Library will be the first in London and one of the first of its kind in the UK.
It will:
- stock, lend and maintain tools
- pool tools, enabling makers to exchange tools and expertise directly between themselves
- recirculate used tools which have become surplus in the construction industry
- offer a venue to host talks and workshops around making to share skills and knowledge

The tool library will be set up by public works, as not for profit organisation working as part of the European R-Urban network, under the local R-Urban Wick project.

THE PRINCIPLES BEHIND THE TOOL LENDING LIBRARY

The library encourages a culture of sharing, and proposes a collective resource of tools and knowledge. We envisage the tool library to become a place in which knowledge about making and repairing is collected and made easily accessible. Additionally the 'tool pool' will connect those who privately own tools in order to share them with a wider network.

Having good quality tools available and well kept is important for professional makers as well as the enthusiastic DIY'er. We believe the Tool Lending Library will be an important resrouce to support making in East London. Additionally we envisage that the library will became a meeting point for everyone who wants to learn more about making through the sharing of skills and competences.

HOW IT WORKS?

We estimated that if we build a network of 150 users each paying £7 a month we will have enough income to purchase and maintain good quality tools.

This small monthly fee will allow members to borrow tools for a seven days period. Members are encouraged to get actively involved with the running of the tool library and will help determine which tools will be stocked and what rules for lending should be implemented.

Decisions on which tools will be bought will be done collectively once we have an understanding of what is in demand.

WHO WILL RUN THE R-URBAN WICK TOOL LENDING LIBRARY?

The tool library will be set up by the non for profit organisation public works as part of the R-Urban project.
Once a membership network is established around the tool library an internal governance structure will be set up, that allows members to have direct influence on the decision making process of the library.

THE R-URBAN WICK TOOL LENDING LIBRARY FIRST LOCATION: HACKNEY WICK

With access to land increasingly expensive we propose that the tool library stays mobile and occupies sites which are vacant for limited amount of time. Thus keeping the cost down and activating areas which lie abandoned, infusing them with self build and self repair practices.

To start with the Tool Library will be housed in a shipping container located in the yard of Swan Wharf in Hackney Wick but can be moved to other location when needed. Swan Wharf offers space in their yard but will only occupy the premises temporarily for the few years. Once they move on we will move on. Tool Library will be conceived in a way that it can easily be transported and set up at other locations.

East London is a place in transition as the old industrial spaces get replaced by new high density residential buildings. R-urban Wick proposes to occupy the gaps in time in between uses and introduce communal activities.

WHEN ARE WE AIMING TO OPEN THE TOOL LENDING LIBRARY?

Our aim is to open the Tool Lending Library at the end of 2014.

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THE TOOL POOL

The R-Urban Wick Tool Lending Library will also include a Tool Pool that will facilitate the exchange of tools and expertise directly between the users. A Tool Pool doesn't store tools but act as a connection between makers, providing contacts and a regulated borrowing system. For instance, if someone owns a jigsaw that doesn't get used often, this can be registered to the R-Urban Tool Pool web catalogue and it becomes part of the library shared network, available to be booked by other makers in the need of a jigsaw. In this way the Tool Pool creates the possibility for the users to easily and safely borrow tools from other makers. The Tool Pool catalogue and lending system will be set up on Facebook so it will be available to the all the community connected to R-Urban and Public Works via the social network.

Tool Pools are pretty common in the north of Europe. Check out the Facebook account of the Malmö ToolPool in Sweden, just follow this link.

R-URBAN AND R-URBAN WICK

About R-Urban:
R-urban is a bottom-up strategy that explores the possibilities of enhancing the capacity of urban resilience by introducing a network of user-run facilities. It initiates locally closed ecological cycles that will support the emergence of alternative models of living, producing and consuming. R-Urban is supported by the EU Life+ Programme of environmental governance. The project partners are AAA, Paris (coordinator), the City of Colombes and Public Works, London.

About R-urban Wick:
R-urban Wick aims to create collective and participatory process leading to the creation of a new user led re-use facility centred around ecological and eco-construction principles while exploring issues around temporary use of vacant urban sites. R-urban Wick connects and facilitates existing local expertise already engaged with eco-construction to create an open network of participants. Knowledge is made public through a participatory process of sharing and making together.

THE AMERICAN AND NORTH AMERICAN MODEL

Tool Libraries are an established format in North America. They provide an affordable way to access tools and create a support network for those interested in making and building.

You can download our research on the Tool Lending Libraries in North America following this link or on our website www.r-urban-wick.net.

HOW TO SUPPORT THE OPENING OF THE R-URBAN WICK TOOL LENDING LIBRARY?

If you like the idea of a tool lending library for east london and you would like to help and get involved with the project, please contact us via email/facebook/twitter etc.. and we will be more than happy to get back to you with more info about the developments of the library. If you would like to contribute to the project more socially, helpiing us spreading the word, you can can play a vital role by sharing our links on FACEBOOK, TWITTER and all other social networks, blogs and websites.

To get in touch with our team please contact: tools@publicworksgroup.net

We really appreciate your support and we are happy to welcoming you to be part of the R-Urban Tool Lending Library project.

THANKS!