Friday Sessions are informal talks and presentations hosted by public works on Friday evenings with invited guests and friends.

The Social Re-Production of Architecture - Symposium and Book Launch

Please join us for a special Friday Session (on a Thursday) at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design for an evening symposium celebrating the launch of ‘The Social Re-Production of Architecture’.

1st March 2018
Time: 6.30PM
Location: LVMH Lecture Theatre E003, Central St Martins, Granary Building, 1 Granary Sq, London N1C 4AA
RSVP: The event is free no RSVP is needed, however seats can be reserved via Eventbrite here, doors open at 6.15PM

The Social (Re)Production of Architecture brings the debates of the ‘right to the city’ into today’s context of ecological, economic and social crises. Building on the 1970s’ discussions about the ‘production of space’, which French sociologist Henri Lefebvre considered a civic right, the authors question who has the right to make space, and explore the kinds of relations that are produced in the process. In the emerging post-capitalist era, this book addresses urgent social and ecological imperatives for change and opens up questions around architecture’s engagement with new forms of organization and practice. The book asks what (new) kinds of ‘social’ can architecture (re)produce, and what kinds of politics, values and actions are needed.
The symposium will see a series of positioning statements by some of the authors reflecting on their contributions to book followed by an open discussion.
Speakers include:

Doina Petrescu & Kim Trogal (Editors) - Introduction to The Social (Re)Production of Architecture.
Kathrin Böhm & Michale Smythe - Phytology National Park - strategies to keep public spaces complex.
Helge Moohshammer & Peter Mortenbock - Tent Cities, peoples kitchens, free universities: The global villages of occupation movements.
Yara Sharif & Naseer Golzari - Cultivating spatial possibilities in Palestine: searching for sub/urban bridges in Beit Iksa, Jerusalem.
Rory Hyde - Ways to be public.

The symposium will be followed by drinks kindly provided by Companies Drinks.
Copies of the book are available on the day along with copies of ‘Learn to Act’

Learn To Act: Introducing the Eco Nomadic School - is the third publication in the To Act book series published by aaa/peprav a, following Urban Act (2007) and Trans Local Act (2010). The book documents and explains ten years of the Eco Nomadic School, a network of locally-based projects from across Europe that involved projects, practices,participants from six countries, nine regions, four cities, two towns and six villages. This is the Eco Nomadic School. Edited by: Kathrin Böhm, Tom James and Doina Petrescu

Friday Sessions are informal talks and presentations hosted by public works with invited guests and friends. This Friday Session is co-hosted by Kathrin Böhm, public works and the March in Architecture at Central Saint Martins.

About the Speakers:

Doina Petrescu is Professor of Architecture and Design Activism at the University of Sheffield. She is co-founder, together with Constantin Petcou, of atelier d’architecture autogérée (aaa), a collective platform conducting explorations, actions and research concerning participative architecture, resilience and cities co-produced transformation. Recent projects include R-Urban, a participative strategy for local resilience in the Parisian Region and WikiVillage Factory, a cluster for social and ecological innovation in Paris. These projects have received international recognition and numerous awards across the years including the Innovation in Politics for 'Ecology' EU Award (2017) Zumtobel Award (2012), the Curry Stone Prize (2011) and the European Public Space Prize (2010). Her publications include R-Urban Act: A Participative Strategy of Urban Resilience (2015), Agency: Working with Uncertain Architectures (2009), Trans-Local Act: Cultural Politics Within and Beyond (2009), Altering Practices: Feminist Politics and Poetics of Space (2007), Urban/ACT: A Handbook for Alternative Practice (2007) and Architecture and Participation (2005).

Kim Trogal is a lecturer at the Canterbury School of Architecture, University for the Creative Arts. She completed her architectural studies at the University of Sheffield, including a PhD in Architecture (2012) for which she was awarded the RIBA LKE Ozolins Studentship. She was Postdoctoral Researcher at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (2014–2016) and research assistant for the Building Local Resilience platform at the Sheffield School of Architecture (2012–2015), exploring issues of local social and ecological resilience. Kim is currently collaborating with critical management scholar Valeria Graziano on the politics of ‘repair and maintenance’ across different collective practices. Together they are co-authors of ‘The Politics of Collective Repair. Examining object-relations in a Postwork Society,’ which appeared in Cultural Studies in March 2017 and co-editors of Repair Matters, a special issue of ephemera – theory & politics in organization (forthcoming).

Kathrin Böhm is a London-based artist with a long-standing interest in the collaborative making and extending of public spaces through methods of collective production, distribution and usage within both urban and rural situations. Kathrin is a founding member of the international artist initiative Myvillages art and architecture collective public works, Barking and Dagenham based arts enterprise Company Drinks and the artist run political action group Keep It Complex - Make It Clear.

Michael Smythe is the Creative Director of Nomad Projects, an independent commissioning foundation. Nomad Projects mission is to develop socially relevant work within the public realm through cross-disciplinary collaboration, experimentation and action-based research. There is no fixed period for a ‘commission’ to be realised, allowing artists to develop progressive and original contemporary art at a pace determined by the nature of each project. In 2014 Nomad Projects launched 'Phytology', an urban physic garden & cultural institute located within a disused WW2 bomb-site. Phytology is an artist & community-led project exploring the use & value of wildness within urban ecosystems through research in the arts, ecology & education.In addition to Nomad Projects Michael Smythe has worked with a range of organisations such as Bow Arts, Vinyl Factory, The Old Vic Theatre, Artangel, Siobhan Davies Dance, Grizedale Arts & Punchdrunk.
Rory Hyde is the Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism at the V&A Museum, London, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and author of Future Practice: Conversations from the Edge of Architecture (Routledge, 2012).

Nasser Golzari and Yara Sharif are practising architects and academics. Both teach at Oxford Brookes University as well as the University of Westminster, London. Having lived and worked in conflict zones, they developed a special interest in the subject of cultural identity, politics and responsive architecture. They mainly look at design as a means to facilitate and empower communities. Combining practice with research, they co-founded the Palestinian Regeneration Team (PART), which aims to explore creative and responsive spatial practices that can heal the fractured landscape of Palestine. Their work, with both their architecture practice NG Architects and with PART, has been published widely, Sharif has been granted the 2013 commendation award – RIBA’s President Award for Research for Outstanding PhD Thesis. Their collaborative work with Riwaq on the historic centre of Birzeit won the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, while the revitalisation of the historic centre of Beit Iksa won the 2014 Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction.

Helge Mooshammer is the director of the international research projects, Relational Architecture and Other Markets at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Vienna University of Technology, Austria. He is currently a Research Fellow in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His research is concerned with changing forms of urban sociality arising from the processes of transnationalization, capital movements, informal economies, and newly emerging regimes of governance.

Peter Mörtenböck is Professor of Visual Culture at the Vienna University of Technology, and visiting researcher at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where he has initiated the Networked Cultures project, a platform for global research on collaborative art and architecture practices. His current work explores the interaction of such practices with resource politics, global economies and urban transformation.

Mörtenböck and Mooshammer have published numerous articles on contemporary art, bottom-up urbanism and collaborative forms of spatial production, including in Grey Room, Architectural Research Quarterly and Third Text. Their recent books include Visual Cultures as Opportunity (2016), Informal Market Worlds: The Architecture of Economic Pressure (2015), Space (Re)Solutions: Intervention and Research in Visual Culture (2011), and Networked Cultures: Parallel Architectures and the Politics of Space (2008) (