a weekend of science-leaning events at the King’s Cross Filling Station, a stunning new public space and pop-up restaurant on the Regent’s Canal designed by architects Carmody Groarke. behind a series of undulating panels, the existing kiosk has been being transformed into Shrimpy’s while the former forecourt hosts a bar, pizza oven and lecture theatre which will play host to a series of talks, installations, screenings and live demonstrations centered around the future of the humble filling station in a post-petroleum future. where will our energy come from, what will power our vehicles and what will we use these urban spaces for in years to come?
on show throughout the weekend, Patrick Stevenson-Keating’s Future Filling Station installation takes its cue from KXFS’ history as a working petrol station and asks ‘what will power the fuel pumps of tomorrow?’
using the former forecourt as a fitting backdrop, the installation comprises four futuristic fuel pumps which use far-out but hopefully not far off energy sources which could power tomorrow’s vehicles
join us at this amazing space on the Regent’s Canal for talks, demonstrations and screenings – plus frozen margaritas, prosecco on tap, wood-oven pizzas and live music every evening from Bistrotheque’s legendary synth maestro Xavior…
Friday 17 August
7pm: urban air / though we’ve made progress on other forms of pollution, urban air quality remains a big problem. one beautiful suggestion for how to tackle it comes from fashion designer Helen Storey and chemist Tony Ryan, who propose a range of ‘Catalytic Clothing’ which actually neutralises pollution. join us for a discussion and screening with project collaborator and air quality expert Dr Frank Kelly from King’s College London
Saturday 18 August
12pm onwards: hydrogen fuel cell exploration / Arcola Energy’s Feimatta Conteh and Ben Todd will demonstrate their radio-controlled hydrogen fuel cell tugboat. after a 12pm talk about their work making Arcola Theatre greener, we’ll cast off to explore the Regent’s Canal using this small but mighty zero-emission vessel. the tugboat will then available for you to pilot throughout the day – with short breaks for hydrogen refueling!
2pm: high altitude wind / the breeze is much stronger in the upper atmosphere – but wind turbines would need to be massive to take advantage of it. Imperial College London’s Dr Stefano Longo (himself a glider pilot) will discuss a radical redesign of the turbine which would omit the tower and the inner parts of the blades to keep these ‘wings’ flying with help of automatic controls and long cables to transmit power back to us on earth
4pm: thin film solar cities / join George Dibb from Imperial College London’s Centre for Plastic Electronics in the forecourt for a talk about thin film solar: a new technology which could one day be coating our cars and cities with a power-generating layer – turning the city itself itself to a massive energy source!
7pm: green nuclear nite / first pioneered in the 1960s, molten salt reactors were a promising breed of safer, cleaner and greener nuclear power plants – able to run on an abundant element called thorium. today, in the face of climate change and resource wars, organisations like The Weinberg Foundation are pushing to get such designs back on the agenda. come find out why in this unmissable talk and film screening
Sunday 19th August
12pm: urban farming workshop / Andrew Merritt of Something & Son will discuss the lessons they’ve learned creating FARM:shop – London’s first urban farming hub and now a thriving workspace, café and events venue packed to the rafters with living and breathing food – and their most recent project, the Barking Bathhouse
2pm: biofuel under the microscope / join Slavina Georgieva from the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London for a discussion about the promise and pitfalls of the next-generation biofuels, and an update on the latest research in the field
4pm: urban wildlife / join award-winning architect Catherine du Toit for a talk about 51% Studios’ Urban Birds Nestworks, and a look at how disused structures like filling stations could be used to provide habitats for urban wildlife
7pm: laser fusion nite / nuclear fusion is what keeps the sun shining, and for decades scientists have dreamed of harnessing its power here on earth. now, using lasers, we may be getting closer to the point we can tap into this clean, green source of unlimited energy. join Dr Ceri Brenner from the Central Laser Facility for a magical evening of discussion and laser light in the forecourt
the KXFS cultural programme is supported by Vauxhall