Water Earth Biodiversity

Water Earth Biodiversity (WEB) is a public analysing & designing process with association members and neighbours to increase biodiversity in and around the rainwater retention basin.

Program October + November

Saturday 23 October 12:00-15:00: Water Testing Workshop
Everyone is always asking, how polluted is the water? This workshop is about finding that out. The Water Testing Workshop invites people generally interested in urban water and Floating University. Together, we will test the water in the rainwater basin where Floating is located. We will use some hand-held sensors that give immediate results and we will also fill water bottles that will be brought to a laboratory for analysis. Parameters we will test for include: temperature, pH, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, e. Coli bacteria, Enterococcus bacteria, nitrogen, phosphorous, heavy metals, phytoplankton and zooplankton bioindicators. Participants of the workshop can also join a follow-up event on 5 November to learn the results of the lab water tests and what they mean. Our guest water tester will be Nina Röttgers of Polyplan Kreikenbaum. The workshop is convened by Floating water artist Katherine Ball. If you would like to come to the workshop, send an email to info@floating-berlin.org. We will have soup and bread to share. The workshop is free. Everyone: kids, families, people, and beings of all ages and diversities are all very welcome. 

Monday 25 October 15:00 – 18:00: Design Planning Meeting
The Design Planning Meeting brings together a focused group of people who are deeply engaged with Floating. (Floating e.V members please come to this!) Together, we will think, dream and discuss about a future redesign of the rainwater basin. How could the water quality improve so the habitat becomes more beneficial for the species who live in and visit the rainwater basin? Guest environmental engineer Stefan Bruns will be there to brainstorm with us. This is part of the Floating WEB program, which seeks to create an ecological restoration design for  the rainwater basin. Stefan specializes in lake restoration and natural swimming pools and is the director of Polyplan Kreikenbaum (www.polyplan-kreikenbaum.eu). After the workshop Stefan Bruns and Floating Water Artist Katherine Ball will work with the feedback to create a design which will be presented at the follow-up event on Friday 5 November. If you plan to come to the workshop, send an email to katherine.ball@yale.edu.

Friday 5 November 16:00 – 19:00:  Presentation of Design + Presentation of Water Test Results
The Presentation of the Design + Presentation  of Water Test Results event will be a mixture of participants from the previous design planning meeting and the water testing workshop. At this event, we will learn about the water analysis results of the Rainwater Basin – which occurred at the workshop and also during the whole month of October – and what it means. Stefan Bruns and Katherine Ball will also present a draft of the ecological restoration design for the rainwater basin…that hopefully, potentially, could become reality in the future. If you would like to come to the workshop, send an email to info@floating-berlin.org. We will have soup and bread to share…and also birthday cake because it will be Gilly’s birthday from Floating e.V. and Climate Care.

I see I see what you don’t see

Discover animals in the soil and name them / Workshop with Martina Kolarek and Jade Dreyfuss

For this workshop we had a look on the different soils you can find in and around the retention basin: forest soil, mud and compost soil. We figured out the most activity you can find in the soil we developd with the help of our compost system, in the forest soil and mud there you can find only a little number of animals. We talked about what these animals are doing and why it is important to have a big number of them. How do you like the images we made of them? All photographs by Lorène Blanche Goesele

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