Local technical group is a project of setting a network of maintenance and infrastructure development units in local communities. Supported by central hub in “LTG Gini” location, they will be taking care of their living environment.
Building computer network is fun, but to keep Prosfygika a livable place, we have to face severe technical challenges. And face them quickly.
Most of technical problems we can solve on our own, provided equipment, materials and funding will be available. What we need badly are skilled people to lead and coordinate work, and to turn our unskilled people into another skilled people.
On average, squatters do not pay a lot of attention to infrastructure, once bare minimum is provided. In single building squats the whole infrastructure is in, so it is at least visible and people have chance to check it easily. In Prosfygika, as it is a cluster of squatted apartments, there is a lot of “in-between” pieces, which are not properly maintained.
As the technical group, we focus on that part. Helping people in their individual spaces as much as we can, we decided that shared infrastructure is our priority. Because without it, there will be no neighborhood any more.
Days are getting shorter, winter creeps slowly closer and closer and we will certainly have a lot of use for our power tools. It boils down to one word: electricity!
So, last night, our able electrician, B., came in to check the installation and deal with the nasty looking worms nest of burned cables sticking out of the wall in the main room. Continue reading Light in the night…→
We got our first assignment in Prosfygika. Three members of LTG moved into a flat, being a challenge of itself. No hot water, malfunctioning toilet, practically no bathroom. Half of electric installation burned and dead. No door lock, more than half of the windows without glass or missing altogether. As for the winter preparation, we have a lot of fresh air and that’s it. Continue reading First steps in Prosfygika→
The assembly of Local Technical Group, held at 13:00, 3.10.2016, announces that the LTG local in Polytechnio becomes an open technical center, available for every group or individual providing technical support to migrant housing communities.Continue reading Open Technical Space for everyone!→
Statement of Local Technical Group
about occupied industrial facility
in Gini building
of Technical Univerity of Athens
Our self-appointed task is the organization and provision of all technological knowledges and services within our collective capability, to all individuals and collectives who would stand with us in this struggle.
Thanks to our British friends (and Benedictine monks from London) today we were able to buy first HandyPack set (officially: #0). We will use it for demonstration purposes, to show communities what’s inside and to encourage more donors. Please help us buy first ten of them, dropping your share at https://www.gofundme.com/handypersonpacks
Thanks to the growing support we receive, we can start helping more communities in Athens. Instead of single “tool library” (this concept doesn’t really work in squatting environment) we decided to introduce HandyPack — a toolbox full of goodies, which we provide to every willing community. It is a package deal, though: we promise to refill the materials, fix or replace broken tools and help local handy(wo)men if the problem is too big for them. In return we expect proper care and use of tools, credits to LTG for support and working contact with skilled members of the community — for our long term projects. See the full conditions of cooperation here.
We have prepared and tested the “haybox cooker” (aka fireless cooker) — thermally insulated box, helping cook food in “retained heat”.
The method is simple. Instead of keeping the pot on the fire all time, until the food is ready, we boil it once and then close in tight, thermally insulated box, where it keeps cooking “itself”. Continue reading Less fuel, more cooking!→