The ‘Conservation factory’, is an installation made for the V&A ‘Hackney Wick Take over‘ highlighting some of Hackney Wick and Fish Island’s most occupied and productive landmarks, through illustration, mapping and model making. Step inside to uncover how these innocuous buildings hide within them, secret worlds of creative production.
The ‘conservation factory’ is collaboration between AffordableWick and Haidée Drew.
The pop up installation is made of just three sheets of ply wood, and is itself an exercise in producing usable pragmatic workspace. It will be re used in and around the HWFI area.
The installation asks, Is an area’s character defined just by its buildings of townscape merit, or are the uses within buildings worthy of conservation?
Hackney Wick’s creative economy is reliant on existing industrial building fabric, these buildings need to be retained and protected not just for their townscape merit, but also for the types of production they enable.
The proposal for the extension of the Hackney Wick and Fish Island conservation areas, is a means to encouraging land owners to retain existing industrial buildings. The new conservation area will cover many of the studios and workshops shown in this installation. It is crucial that we all actively support the proposals, to try to keep ‘the wick’ a place of innovative production.