Mesh Network

this mesh begins as a stolon (a community mesh network) saw the design, development, and building of a mesh network within Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside & Chinatown. Inspired by 221A’s x̱aw̓s shew̓áy̓ New Growth《新生林》garden, this project took the time to consider strategies for expanding and developing this necessary infrastructure in ways that were both responsive and responsible to the surrounding community. Pulling from strategies found within plant systems and networks, the project aimed to take advantage of the foresight offered by having both the time and space to consider the ways in which a MESH might be introduced, constructed, and utilized by the community. As a prototype, the project’s goal was to take time thinking through the multitude of ways in which a mesh might be developed: to install an initial node to be expanded on in the future; create a Terms of Service to help guide and shape responsible and careful use of the network; aide local communities in learning how to access and utilize the network (and get excited by its potential); and to create a guide reflecting on the process in order to share knowledge with future users.

This project is part of 221A’s Fellowship program. 221A work with artists and designers to research and develop social, cultural and ecological infrastructure.

Not familiar with Mesh Networks? Check out this essay: What is a MESH Network by Rosemary Heather.

More on my Research Fellowship at 221A.

Project Collaborators:
Christina Battle – Research Fellow and Project Lead
Noelle Lee – Community Lead Embedded Artist
Rithikha Rajamohan (V6A Labs) – Research Consultant
Sergio Rondero – Community Advisor 
Herb Varley – Community Advisor 
Boris Mann: Technical Advisor
Jacob Sayles: Technical Advisor
Greg McMullen: Legal Counsel
221A Staff: Tao Fei, Jesse McKee, and Stephan Wright