WetLab is a floating laboratory created by public works and Assembly which uses the canal network as a site as well as a subject. WetLab is a space where creative minds including artists, architects, scientists and engineers invite the public to come and explore the ecology of the waterways and together envisage potential future uses for the canal in their local area. The canal-based pavilion, designed by critical design practice public works, is on tour to sites in Burnley and Leigh after its launch in June at the National Waterways Museum for AND Festival 2021.
This video series Dialogues explores some of the learning, techniques and future-facing ideas around sustainability that underpin WetLab. In Dialogues #1, we’re introduced to the floating structure designed by public works and the process of building the biomass Rocket Stove Cycle, including online sessions with Philippines-based Appropriate Technologies expert Jed Guinto, which forms a central part of the activity of the WetLab. Find out more about the project.