PROTOTYPING THE CIVIC CITY - PUBLIC PROGRAMME - 14 - 25 JULY - R-URBAN POPLAR & TATE EXCHANGE

Join us for the public programme of our two week Summer School, Prototyping the Civic City. Through a series of field-trips, workshops, talks and events we will be exploring how artist, design and activist practices can empower citizens to remake, rethink and re-imagine the city.

We will be focusing on how ‘civic action’ can allow participants to develop new skills, strategies and practices to directly affect changes in the city. Core to this is the idea of prototyping open source designs and rethinking organisational structures.

We are inviting you to explore and share prototypes for the Civic City alongside our students. We’ll be hands on and building prototypes in support of local actions for environmental change. Transforming the Tate Exchange into a public classroom, bringing together activists and practitioners engaged in civic movements. In this space we’re hosting multiple voices through a number of public talks, discussions and workshops, itself prototyping a collective education platform for civic action. Finally we’ll be hosting a closing ‘Exhibition of Action’ at R-Urban Poplar where we try and put all our learning back into place

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PUBLIC PROGRAMME:

FIELD TRIP: EXISTING PROTOTYPES
Saturday 14 July, Kings Cross, 11:00-18:00
Join us on the opening Saturday for a walking field trip around Kings Cross London, exploring some of the existing initiatives which are prototyping and re-imaging the city. We will be looking at green prototypes at Calthorpe Project, Arts Catalyst and the King’s Cross Skip Garden as well as a organisational prototyping from the Camley Street CLT and Forum. The fieldtrip begins at 11.00 at Calthorpe (WC1X 8LH), RSVP is essential please confirm via email at school@publicworksgroup.net

TESTING PROTOTYPES FOR ACTION
Wednesday 18 July & Thursday 19 July
Tate Exchange, 12:00-18:00
Join us in building, making, testing new prototypes for civic action. We’ll be focussing on three different kinds of green infrastructure which address air quality, food waste and off-grid cooking. Come lend a hand or your knowledge.

UK COMMONS ASSEMBLY
Friday 20 July, Tate Exchange, 12:00-18:00
The School of Civic Action in collaboration with Commons Rising are inviting commons initiatives and commoners to come together to initiate a UK wide Commons Assembly. This is an open platform to meet others, exchange knowledge and to see if there is an appetite for an ongoing UK Commons Assembly.
The aim of the day is to put on an exhibition showing the wealth of Commons projects happening in the UK. There will be discussions as well as workshops to inform the public about the commons. It is also an opportunity to vision how the commons might work beyond the individual projects and to set up practical outcomes going forwards.

IDEAS FOR CIVIC ACTION with
SPATIAL ENGAGEMENT NETWORK

Saturday 21 July, Tate Exchange, 12:00-20:00
This one-day symposium curated by Sol Perez-Martinez of the Spatial Engagement Network, will explore ways to engage critically with our urban environment. Throughout three sessions participants will discuss spaces and methods proposed to foster meaningful relations between people and the places where they live.
Ideas for Civic Action, will bring together practitioners, researchers and community groups who have worked connecting people with their surroundings in order to share practices and discuss further action. The event will showcase initiatives where architects have been aware of the social and political implications of their work, aiming to encourage a more conscious way of practice which serves community interests.
Following the symposium, a final shared event in collaboration with Just Space, public works and Umeå School of Architecture, will discuss current projects where communities across London are taking action over their local areas and will draw conclusions from the day’s parallel events.

PEDAGOGIES OF THE TEMPORARY
Sunday 22 July, Tate Exchange, 13:00-15:00
Pedagogies of the temporary. - Archives, Schools and the Temporary City. Join us for an afternoon session drawing a line of thought between archival practices and learning formats inspired by temporary use projects.Four speakers will present ideas, archives or projects opening up a view on the alternative learning spaces offered by temporary use projects and how this learning can be captured, passed on and mobilised in other forums.Taking as a point of departure the School of Civic Actions collaboration with Roskilde Festival, Northern Europe’s largest annual music festival and for one week every year, Denmark’s fourth largest city.

EXHIBITION OF ACTION
Wednesday 25 July, R-Urban Poplar, 17:00-20:00
Bringing the summer school to a close on site at R-Urban Poplar, we’ll be exhibiting all the prototypes built and tested over the previous week. Join our students in celebrating the schools hard work over a collective meal and reflective discussion.
The exhibition starts at 17.00 at R-Urban Poplar (E14 0SP)
RSVP is essential please confirm via email at: school@publicworksgroup.net

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The School of Civic Action is a pedagogical experiment that tests situated modes of learning in support of civic city making, while challenging traditional urban teaching and disciplinary restriction. The School maneuvers across disciplines that complement one another, implementing new ways of knowing and acting. Teaching and learning at the school is symbiotic; by situating its curriculum within live projects, it can mutually provide a support structure back to the local communities, the sites they occupy and for the individuals enrolled.

This outing of the School of Civic Action is with the support of; public works, Umeå School of Architecture, Tate Exchange, Roskilde Festival, R-Urban Poplar, Spatial Engagement Network and Just Space.

APPLY NOW - SUMMER SCHOOL CALL OUT - PROTOTYPING THE CIVIC CITY


PROTOTYPING THE CIVIC CITY
SCHOOL OF CIVIC ACTION
SUMMER SCHOOL AT R-URBAN POPLAR AND TATE EXCHANGE
FRIDAY 13 JULY TO WEDNESDAY 25 JULY

The School of Civic Action is hosting a two week summer school in London, at Tate Exchange and R-Urban Poplar. Under the theme of ‘Prototyping the Civic City’ we’ll explore how artist, design and activist practices can empower citizens to remake the city.

The schools curriculum is centred around ideas of ‘civic action’ allowing participants to develop new skills, strategies and practices to directly affect changes in the city. Core to this is the idea of prototyping open source designs and rethinking organisational structures.

The summer school draws on two test sites; firstly at R-Urban Poplar in East London where we will build prototypes in support of local actions for environmental change such as air quality, food waste and sustainable energy production.

In parallel we will transform the space at Tate exchange on the 5th floor of Tate Modern into a public classroom which brings together activists and practitioners engaged in civic movements (UK Commoners Network, Just Space, Spatial Engagement Network, Umeå School of Architecture). The summer school itself prototyping a collective education platform for civic action, through the building of new networks which share situated and expert knowledge with the public.

KEY INFO

We are offering 10 free places for people to join us starting on the 13 July and concluding on the 25 July 2018. The summer school will take place in it’s entirety in London, places on the school are for free but food and accomodation is to be organised by school participants.

The invitation is open to all disciplines and backgrounds, professional or amateur we strongly encourage members from voluntary groups across London to apply. The Summer School is free of charge. In return we expect participants to be committed to the full programme and enthusiastic learners.

Teaching on the course will be made up of a mixture of hands on building and making, alongside discursive seminars, workshops and events. Time will be split evenly between our site R-Urban Poplar (E14 0SP) and the Tate Exchange (SE1 9TG).

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply please send no more than a 500-word proposal to public works laying out your specific interest in joining the Summer School and if appropriate relevant samples of previous work (no more than five A4 pages), along with a short CV with key information about yourself.

Please send your application to school@publicworksgroup.net

Deadline for application is 27 June 2018

Applicants will be notified on 29 June 2018

SUPPORTED BY:

School of Civic Action is a pedagogical experiment that tests situated modes of learning in support of civic city making, while challenging traditional urban teaching and disciplinary restriction. The School of Civic Action manoeuvres across disciplines that complement one another, implementing new ways of knowing and acting. Teaching and learning at the school is symbiotic; by situating its curriculum within live projects, it can mutually provide a support structure back to the local communities, the sites they occupy and for the individuals enrolled.

Umeå School of Architecture is part of Umeå University and was established in September 2009 and is a laboratory for experimental architecture where both education and research are conducted. Here future architects are being trained in a unique environment, based on an integrated approach of the artistic, technical and academic fields. It is part of the newly built Umeå Arts Campus together with Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå Institute of Design, HUMlab-X (digital humanities), Bildmuseet (a contemporary art museum), Sliperiet and a library with literature within the fields of art, design and architecture. Umeå School of Architecture distinguishes itself through the integration of scientific, artistic and professional methods and means of study in an international profile. The intermingling of technology, sustainability and art at the Arts Campus encourages development. The education aims to point clearly towards sustainable architecture and integrated design. www.arch.umu.se

R-Urban Poplar is a community facility to support local groups and promote the ethos of re-use and environmental friendly approaches to city living. It offers drop in sessions and expert lead workshops around urban-agriculture, food, wellbeing, local energy production and making.

Tate Exchange is an experiment. A space for everyone to collaborate, test ideas and discover new perspectives on life, through art. Whether you are an observer, commentator, researcher, creator, hacker, tweeter or just curious, join artists and organisations to explore the issues of our time. Drop in for a talk, join the conversation, enjoy a chance encounter and learn something new. http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern/tate-exchange

Roskilde Festival is one of the largest music festivals in Europe. Every year over 130,000 people come together to create Scandinavia’s largest temporary city - more than 30,000 of them are volunteers. The festival is run by the Roskilde Charity Society, a non-profit organisation for development and support of youth culture and humanities. All proceeds from the festival are shared with charitable organisations and initiatives around the globe. In recent years Roskilde has increasingly been invited by municipalities across Denmark to consult on issues of temporary use helping to spread the learnings and applying them to the way we rethink our cities. For 2016-2018, Roskilde Festival has a thematic focus on equality. In 2018 we nuance the focus on economic equality by exploring the current status of economic influence on society. www.roskilde-festival.dk

Just Space is a network of local and London-wide metropolitan groups campaigning on planning issues – housing, transport, services, environment, rights of minorities but especially of working class and low-income groups. Activists and groups support each other in influencing formal plans and policies at scales ranging from metropolitan, through municipal to local. https://justspace.org.uk/

public works joins the Actors of Urban Change programme


Last week public works began a new European programme - Actors of Urban Change (AoUC), funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation and MitOst. Public works is part of one of the ten teams from cities across Europe; Chișinău, Hamburg, Kherson, Lecce, London, Oslo, Rijeka, Timisoara, Valencia and Vilnius to be selected on the programme.

The focus of the funding is around cross sector collaboration with teams being made up of cultural, public and private actors - seeking ways to achieve sustainable and participatory urban development. The programme provides a rich learning opportunity with 5 academy meetings over the next 18 months, visiting some of the emerging projects in the ten selected cities.

AoUC kicked off last week in Berlin with the first 4 day academy, visiting inspiring Berlin based projects (ZK/U, SpreePark, Refugio) as well as plenty of time to get to know about the fund, the other teams and our London team members.

Our London team is made up of two new and interesting partners; Javier Rojo is representing the private sector via his waste management company Quantum Waste, Danny Tompkins is representing the ‘public’ sector through his work for Poplar Harca, and Andy Belfield is representing public works on behalf of the cultural sector. Over the next 18 months the team will seek to deliver an Anaerobic Digester and community cafe as part of a future community garden in Poplar, East London. The core aim of the project is about finding ways that local organic food waste can be broken down into bio-gas and fertiliser - reducing the amount of food waste going into landfill whilst providing energy to run a small community kitchen. The long term goal is the alter and change attitudes towards waste, and provide new economies to support local groups using the future garden.