SCHOOL FOR CIVIC ACTION AT TATE EXCHANGE

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Join us from Thursday the 25th to Sunday the 28th July 2019 at Tate Exchange and explore how Civic Action helps develop new skills and strategies to affect changes in our city. We will transform the floor of Tate Exchange into a public classroom, bringing together activists and practitioners engaged in civic movements. Prototyping a collective education platform for civic action.

This event is programmed by public works, a Tate Exchange Associate, and supported by their collaborators: Just Space, Peckham Vision, Arts Catalyst, 30 Bird, Edible Rotherhithe, MA Design for Cultural Commons at London Metropolitan University, Women’s Environmental Network, Commune Festival, Extinction Rebellion, Grove Adventure Playground, Sunny Jar Eco Hub, the British Bryology Society, University of East London, Kings College London, Southwark Council, and the London School of Mosaic.

TRADA via their University Engagement Programme facilitated the supply of timber to the R-Urban, Poplar ‘Performing Togetherness’ summer workshop. SCA provided Swedish softwood via distributor Huws Gray Ridgeons. Reclaimed timber used includes redwood and Balau supplied by Champion Timber to the Momentto installation for London Festival of Architecture, at Oxo Tower Wharf.

25th - 28th July 2019, 12-6PM,
Tate Exchange
Level 5, Blavatnik Building, Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

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The Pasta Ceiling
We will be making pasta every day for the duration of the residency at Tate Exchange. The pasta will be kneaded, chilled, extruded, rolled and stretched every day from 12 noon until 2 pm. The pasta will be left hanging and drying on the pasta ceiling for the rest of the day. Some days it will be cooked and eaten at the end of the afternoon, some other days it will remain to dry until the day after. The pasta will be cooked and served with different sauces created every day as a response to the theme of the day.


• THURSDAY 25TH JULY 2019 •

Walking Words, with Surrey Square Primary School (3-5pm)
Poetry performance with 7 primary school children. The children will read poetry they have written about their perception of nature within the city. The performance will be attended by their friends and family

Making Play, with Grove Adventure Playground, Loughborough Junction (12-2pm)
Cardboard playground making and sign making to demonstrate the value of play space in the city with members of Grove Adventure Playground in Loughborough Junction.

Mosaic Workshop, with the London School of Mosaic (12-5pm)
The mosaic workshop will see the development of a mosaic piece especially designed for the occasion, together with the completion of a number of mosaics which have been started at London School of Mosaic and will travel to Tate for this occasion. Participants can get hands-on with the mosaic and be introduced to this beautiful form of art by students and teachers from LSoM. There will also be a talk from Art Historian Dr Will Wootton and David Tootill about the history of mosaic in art. To conclude the Mosaic workshops, we will collectively produce a mosaic made of jelly! This workshop will run between 3-4pm and is free, open and on a drop-in basis. The jelly we will use will be vegan and halal. Families with children are welcome to join.


• FRIDAY 26TH JULY 2019 •

Bridging Divides: Building, Maintaining and Moving Forward Mutually Beneficial Relationships for Social Change and Social Justice with Just Space (11am-4pm)
An exciting workshop programme has been organised by Just Space, a London-wide community network, in partnership with University College London (UCL). This is part of a project exploring how Universities and Community Groups in London can have a greater impact through active, mutually beneficial collaborations and partnerships.

Commune Festival (all day)
COMMUNE is a new micro-festival of art, ecology and community action, exploring the Commons through a performative lens enacting a Tangible Eutopia, a place of ideal well-being. Co-designed by Common Unity the Makeshift Commons Project, workshops and performances include:

• An immersive dome installation by the Undergrowth Collective • Tangible Eutopia 'Plant', an installation and mapping workshop with Common Unity the Makeshift Commons Project. • Artist Lauren Baker hosts an interactive sound wave installation and invites you to take seeds to plant trees locally. In collaboration with One Tree Planted charity. (all day) • Commons song improvised performance, all welcome to join members of HAHA Collective and Musarc (12:10-12:30pm) • Dandelion Root Coffee brewing demonstration and sample with Daisy Newdick (12:30-1pm) • Craft and the commons with sustainable textile and fashion designer Alisa Ruzavina. An (1-1.45pm) • The Permaculture Revolution: Permablitz London with Susannah Hall: an introduction to permaculture principles (1.15-2pm) • The Third Demand with Extinction Rebellion: a guide to citizens assemblies and how to set one up. (2-3pm) • XR Performance Department present 'LUNG' air pollution participation piece. (3-3.30pm) • ‘Deep Fake’ Propaganda for Social Good with DEBUNK Collective: an interactive installation to code climate change demands using open source ‘deep fake’ technology (all day) • Long table open forum “What is the Climate Emergency and how can the commons offer solutions?” with members of Extinction Rebellion, Land Justice Network, Shared Assets, Public Works, and other commons practitioners, with food care of Olio, the food sharing revolution. (4pm-5pm) • Earth Rot with HAHA Sounds Collective and Daisy Dickinson: A thirty-strong ensemble of musicians and singers from Hackney, HAHA Sounds Collective presents David Axelrod’s 1970 environmental jazz epic ‘Earth Rot’. They are joined by filmmaker Daisy Dickenson, providing poignant, nature-inspired live visuals. (5-5.45pm)

Estate Agency with 30 Bird and public works (12pm-5pm)
Pop in to this imaginary estate agent created by 30 Bird and Public Works to browse the ‘gap sites’ – empty spaces between buildings - in the local area. Come and think creatively about what you’d do with these sites to consider how we can redefine public space in the city. See your ideas come to life in a live drawing session, calculate your cultural credit or sign-up for a tour of some local gap sites.


• SATURDAY 27TH JULY

Air Quality Discussion with the Women’s Environmental Network (4-5pm)
The Women's Environmental Network are hosting a talk about their work developing an air quality network in tower hamlets, come learn, share and join the network.

Moss Brick Casting (2-3pm)
Liza Schneider, an MA Architecture student from Central Saint Martins will lead a workshop screen printing moss cells.

Allotment Rules (3-4pm)
Gardens from across London will translate R-Urban Poplar's allotment rules into different native languages of the gardens, as a celebration of the multiculturalism of gardening.

Moss Identification Workshop with the British Bryology Society (2-5pm)
During this workshop we will use microscopes and magnifying glasses to identify urban moss species. There will be some information about how moss can indicate the levels of pollution and reduce its effects.

Initiation to Low Waste Living with SunnyJar Eco Hub (2-5pm)
Join Maud and Linda, the co-founders of Sunny Jar Eco Hub, to find out what changes they have made to live low waste and how you can do it too.

Detox: Working for Cleaner Air Roundtable Discussion with Arts Catalyst, Bromley By Bow Centre and Extinction Rebellion (4-5pm)

Moss Dinner (6-9pm)
A dinner designed to initiate a conversation around air quality in London. All the guests are air quality experts or members of public institutions, organisations, researchers and municipalities currently working or developing research on how to reduce air pollution in London. The dinner will be discursive, involving a series of presentations by a number of guests and the food will be moss inspired.

The Lore of Blackfriars 12-5pm
is a temporary art project in Southwark for the area covered by Queensborough and Scovell TRA and the Peabody’s Blackfriars estate. The project connects different initiatives and neighbours in the area, to share skills and knowledge and find shared and common values. With the aim to develop Blackfriars curriculum, which showcases the skills and knowledge held within the local community. If you have ideas for the curriculum or are curious to find out more, join us on the day at Tate Exchange. The project The Lore of Blackfriars is a public art commission by Southwark Council. Curated by Aldo Rinaldi and delivered by public works as part of the School for Civic Action.


• SUNDAY 28TH JULY •

GNOCCHI RELAY

The School for Civic Action programme at Tate Exchange will end with a discursive meal curated by this year 'Performing Togetherness' Summer School cohort. The food preparation process will establish a timeline and the format will follow 10 min individual presentations held by invited speakers, each one following key preparation steps, in the making of Gnocchi Relay. The presentations will frame our final conversation around the topic of togetherness, which will take place while we enjoy the Gnocchi Feast.

Speakers include Benjanim Perrot from El Warcha and Gaia Crocella from Interdine

Please RSVP by Saturday via email: school@publicworksgroup.net

Performing Togetherness, Open Call, School for Civic Action, Summer School at R-Urban Poplar, 5 - 20 JULY 2019

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Performing Togetherness is a two weeks-long summer school hosted by the School for Civic Action at R-Urban Poplar, constructing a temporary public space in the car park on the Teviot Estate in East London.

Through temporary interventions and collective actions, we will transform the former car park into a shared space. We will design the public space for the performance of cooking and become public through the 'joyful encounter' of collective food preparation. Invited guests will help us question and consider the importance of shared rituals of cooking and hosting to construct new publics, culminating in the collective preparation of a feast.

The designs for the car-park will follow from a series of meals prepared together, as a form of action research. Based on these meals, we will consider the rituals of cooking in the design of the space, creating spatial interventions such as a ceiling of drying pasta, a perimeter of herbs, a plinth for chopping, or a tower for straining, as well as structures that create a conducive environment for the sharing of a meal. These designed elements will be developed with a series of invited guests: artists, designers, and local groups. The spatial interventions will support the biogas-powered communal kitchen at R-Urban. The Kitchen is powered via an on-site anaerobic digester which transforms surplus food into compost and energy. The final designs will draw on the 'semi-spontaneous' method which is very easy to learn' of the Enzo Mari Autoprogettazione. Through the development of prototypes, using this open source construction technique, we hope to understand how we can use timber to create spontaneous and sustainable public spaces within the city.

The Performing Togetherness Summer School is sponsored by Umeå School of Architecture, TRADA, and UCA. The 10 places available are free of charge but we expect participants to join for the full duration of the school. Results from the summer school will contribute to a week-long School for Civic Action event at Tate Exchange in late July.

The School for 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 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. The School for Civic Action is a project by public works.

KEY INFORMATION
As well as students from Umeå University, we are offering 10 free places for people to join us, starting on 5th July and concluding on 20th July 2019. The summer school will take place in London. Food and accommodation are to be organised by school participants but weekly meals will be provided as part of the cooking reserach. All participants need to organise their own personal insurance ahead of the summer school openin.
The invitation is open to all disciplines and backgrounds, and members from volunteer groups from across London are encouraged to apply. The summer school will consist of hands-on-building and making, alongside discursive seminars, workshops, and events.

HOW TO APPLY
To apply, please send 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

Please send your application to school@publicworksgroup.net

Deadline for application is 12 June 2019
Applicants will be notified on 14 June 2019

SUPPORTED BY
School for Civic Action, initiated by public works, 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 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 for local communities, the sites they occupy and for the individuals enrolled.

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

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

TRADA (The Timber Research and Development Association) is an international membership organisation dedicated to inspiring and informing best practice design, specification and use of wood in the built environment and related fields.

UCA is a specialist art and design university in the south of England. Oscar-winning film makers and animators, world-renowned fashion designers, television presenters and Turner-Prize nominees are just some of UCA's high-profile graduates, who have enriched the world with their creative talents. Taught and guided by experienced, industry-connected academic staff, UCA students can now reap the benefits of studying in a top 40 UK university. With more than 6,000 students, studying over 110 creative courses across four campuses, UCA generates unique communities of artists, designers, makers, writers and researchers.

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OPEN CALL - SUMMER SCHOOL - TEMPORARY COMMONS - ROSKILDE FESTIVAL - 2019

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The School of Civic Action at Roskilde Festival is a ten-day long summer school hosted by public works with Roskilde Festival which explores ideas around temporary use and the making of the instant city. The school is conceived as a three-year long programme in the lead up to an international conference and publication in 2020 which will critically reflect on the wider discourse on temporary use and city making in the time of environmental and political crisis. This will also coincide with the 50th anniversary of the festival in 2020.

Under the theme of ‘Temporary Commons’ we will continue to explore how the festival encourages new ways of sharing, producing and governing our material and cultural resources collectively. Over a 10 day period, we will explore shared practices and concerns around the notion of temporary use and the growing commons movement set against the backdrop of Northern Europe’s largest annual music festival. We will explore the festival’s capacity to promote new forms of living and examine how temporality can be understood as a strength enabling us to gain new knowledges and methods to help us shape the way we live beyond the duration of the festival. What Utopias are on offer?

The Summer School will take place on the festival site in the week before doors open to the public, while the venues for Scandinavia’s largest temporary city are slowly being constructed around us. The school's engagement with Roskilde Festival 2019 will take place through a series of explorations which will run in parallel. Prototyping will engage directly with the fabrication of the festival through hands-on fabrication, Wasteographies will map material practices of waste of the festival and Performing Change will use performance as a way to read the festival as a ground for the commons. The workshop will be led by public works with researcher and architect Heidi Svenningsen Kajita, Ph.D. and contributions by Professor of Urban Studies David Pinder along with other visiting guest.

Participating students will work in three groups each exploring one of the themes. Reflective seminars, guest lectures, communal meals, and group discussions will allow us to share our experiences across the entire group and draw lines of thought between the different experiences.

Concluding the summer school, we will design and host a series of workshops which we will offer to the festival goers in the first three days of the festival. The result of the workshop will be captured in a contribution to a week-long programme hosted by The School of Civic Action at Tate Exchange in London in the week commencing the 22nd of July 2019.

We are offering 15 places for people to join us starting on the 24th of June and concluding on the 3rd July 2019. We will live at Roskilde festival where the summer school will run alongside the construction of the festival, culminating in the first three days of the festival before the music starts and the festival reaches its full capacity.

The invitation is open to all disciplines and backgrounds, professional or amateur. The Summer School is free of charge along with free tickets to the festival itself. In return we expect participants to be actively involved and become workshop hosts during the three days when the festival gets underway and opens its doors to the wider audience of festival goers. You will need to cover all your travel and food costs and provide your own camping equipment, insurances along with bike rental.

To apply please send no more than a 300-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 3 A4 pages), along with a short CV, 1 A4 sheet with key information about yourself.

Please send your application to school@publicworksgroup.net
Deadline for application is 22 May 2019
Applicants will be notified on 27 May 2019

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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 of Civic Action 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.
www.schoolforcivicaction.net

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 2019, Roskilde Festival has a thematic focus on Solidarity. With a particular focus on youth and communities. www.roskilde-festival.dk

public works is a non-profit critical design practice that occupies the terrain between art, architecture, and research. Working with an extended network of interdisciplinary collaborators, public works aims to re-work spatial, social and economic opportunities towards citizen-driven development and improved civic life. The practice, set up in 2004, uses a range of approaches, including public events, campaigns, the development of urban strategies and participatory art and architecture projects across all scales.
www.publicworksgroup.net

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.


PUBLIC WORKS CHOSEN FOR GLA's SPECIAL ASSISTANCE TEAM

public works is delighted to announce that we've been chosen for the GLA's Specialist Assistance Team, to advise on cultural curation and community development. We'll keep you posted with what we assist on!

PUBLIC WORKS IS ON BauNetzWOCHE #489


Glad to be part of the last number of German architecture magazine BauNetzWOCHE # 489 - Recycling in the collective: building blocks, fractions and countless hands published by Baunetzwoche

PUBLIC WORKS AWARDED BY CURRY STONE DESIGN PRIZE AS PART OF 2017 SOCIAL DESIGN CIRCLE


public works has been awarded the Curry Stone Design Prize as part of 2017 Social design circle.

Very proud to be amongst Rural studio and Project Row Houses under the category: Can we design community engagement?

The Curry Stone Design Prize is awarded each year to honor innovative projects that use design to address pressing social justice issues. Supported by the Curry Stone Foundation, the Prize highlights and rewards projects that improve daily living conditions of people in communities around the world. Projects may provide shelter and clean water or address humanitarian crises impacted by environmental or climate change. The Prize acknowledges work that is considered emerging in the professional and public consciousness.

THE ART OF BEING CIVIC - TWO DAY SYMPOSIUM AT TATE EXCHANGE - 6 & 7 APRIL 2017


THE ART OF BEING CIVIC
A two day symposium at Tate Exchange as part of the Civic University

Thursday 6th of April, 12pm - 6pm, THE CIVIC
Friday 7th of April, 12pm - 6pm, EDUCATION

Tate Exchange - 5th Floor
Switch House - Tate Modern

THE ART OF BEING CIVIC
Under the title of 'The Civic University' public works, a Tate Exchange Associate, is exploring situated modes of education, both as a critique of existing university models, and as a new model where knowledges are produced by and disseminated to the civil society. It takes its point of departure from Jean-Claude Passerine's  publication Les Héritiers published in 1964 denouncing the institutions role in the reproduction of unequal social structures in the content they teach, the modes of access to education and their methods of teaching. This inequality was reinforced by the coalition government raising tuition fees, the demand of a linear path towards the job market and the move away from big government to 'the big society', whilst offering no clear financial strategy of support. This changing landscape demands a closer look at the role the civil society plays in the production of knowledge and the politics of collaborative city making. The Art of Being Civic will bring together activists, artists, academics and architects to discuss pedagogies that enable civil societies actions towards social collective change. It will address how knowledge can play a role in civic activism claiming rights over the city, and act as a critical platform. The first symposium day will explore the role of civil society in relation to contemporary city making, while the second day will focus on pedagogy and education, understanding how and by whom knowledge is produced, who sanctions it and how it is distributed and accumulated.

Tickets for this symposium are free but limited due to capacity.
To book your tickets click here - please note you'll need a ticket for each day.

The Civic University and The Art of being Civic Symposium is supported by UMA School of Architecture in Umeå, Sweden, as part of their ongoing research into alternative models for community engaged city making.


PROGRAMME

DAY 1: THE CIVIC
THURSDAY 6TH APRIL 12 - 6 PM
EXPLORING THE ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN RELATION TO CONTEMPORARY CITY MAKING.

INTRODUCTIONS
12:00pm Prof Ana Betancour - Head of school of Architecture at Umea University - Sweden
Both practitioner and Academic Prof Betancour was director of the Masters programme of Architecture and Urban Design, Chalmers - Sweden, and the Head of Exhibitions and Public Events at The Swedish Museum of Architecture.
12:15pm public works - The Civic University
public works is an interdisciplinary practice across fields of art, architecture and urbanism. public works will introduce the initiative and research project: The Civic University

PANEL 1: POLITICS OF CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
12:50pm - 1:10pm  Iain MacKenzie - Resistance within Totalising Institutions.
Iain is co-director of the Centre for Critical Thought at the University of Kent and teaches on the MA in Politics, Art and Resistance.
1:10pm - 1:30pm  Nils Norman - The School of Walls and Space.
Nils is an artist living in London and Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Art and Design, Copenhagen, Denmark, where he leads the School of Walls and Space.
1:30pm - 1:50pm  Franck Magennis - The power and politics of equality in Deptford.
A radical egalitarian and Deptford citizen, Franck is involved with HAGL ('Housing Action Greenwich & Lewisham'), Deptford Cinema, the Deptford People Project, the Deptford Debates, and most recently the London Learning Cooperative.
1:50pm - 2:10pm  Malaika Cunningham - Art as Political Engagement.
Malaika is a theatre practitioner and PhD candidate based at the University of Leeds working on the arts and culture research strand at CUSP.
20mins panel discussion
2:30pm - 2:45pm BREAK

PANEL 2: CIVIC AND THE CITY
2:45pm - 2:55pm  Adam Kaasa - Designing Politics? Decolonising an urban ideas challenge.
Adam is director of Theatrum Mundi an interdisciplinary scholar who specialises in the politics of the city, foregrounding the role of architecture and design.
2:55pm - 3:15pm  Dr Julia King - Infrastructure as a (civic) property and not a thing.
Julia is an architectural designer, researcher and lecturer based out of LSE Cities.
3:15pm - 3:30pm  Assembly SE8 - Lessons from the community garden. Conflicts, complexities and co-operation. Assembly are a collective based in Deptford who work intimately with local communities and place around art, activism, design and landscape.
15mins panel discussion

PANEL 3: CIVIC ECONOMY
3:50pm - 4:10pm  Joost Beunderman - Creating fertile ground for the civic economy.
Joost is a director of the London-based design and strategy practice 00, where he leads on a wide range of research and strategy projects.
4:10pm - 4:30pm  Anthea Masey - Community Resources for Loughborough Junction.
Anthea is a community activist in Loughborough Junction and Chair of the Loughborough Junction Action Group.
4:30pm - 4:50pm  Ana Margarida Fernandes Esteves - Solidarity Economy as a Padagogy of Participatory Democracy. Ana is a researcher, activist, writer and documentary filmmaker. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Brown University, as well as an M.Sc. in European Studies from the London School of Economics.
15mins panel discussion
6pm END

DAY 2: EDUCATION
FRIDAY 7TH APRIL 12 - 6 PM
UNDERSTANDING HOW AND BY WHOM KNOWLEDGE IS PRODUCED
WHO SANCTIONS IT AND HOW IT IS DISTRIBUTED

INTRODUCTIONS
12:00pm  Prof Hans Adolfsson - Vice Chancellor at Umea University - Sweden
Prof Adlofsson had positions such as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Stockholm University as well as Dean for the Chemistry Section at the Faculty of Science. He also headed several organic chemistry faculties and working committees.
12:15pm  Prof Ana Betancour - Head of school of Architecture at Umea University - Sweden
Both practitioner and Academic Prof Betancour was director of the Masters programme of Architecture and Urban Design, Chalmers - Sweden, and the Head of Exhibitions and Public Events at The Swedish Museum of Architecture.
12:30  public works - The Civic University
public works is an interdisciplinary practice across fields of art, architecture and urbanism. public works will introduce the initiative and research project: The Civic University

PANEL 1: INTERNATIONAL LEARNING NETWORKS
12:50pm - 1:10pm  Robert Mull - The Free World - Investigations in education , The Free Unit and the Global Practice Programme. Prof Robert Mull is currently developing the Global Practice Programme with international educational, NGO and institutional partners including the Civic University.
1:10pm - 1:30pm Lesley Lokko - In It Together
Leslie is associate Professor and Head of the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
15mins panel discussion

PANEL 2: KNOWLEDGE COMMONS
1:50pm - 2:10pm  AAA Paris - Commons based civic learning.
Constantin Petcou is an architect whose work stresses the intersection between architecture, urbanism and semiotics. Doina Petrescu is Professor of Architecture and Design Activism at the University of Sheffield. Both are co-founders of atelier d'architecture autogérée (aaa).
2:10pm - 2:30pm  Willem Halffman - The University as a Commons.
Willem is senior lecturer in Science & Technology Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
15mins panel discussion
2:50pm -3:10pm BREAK

PANEL 3: SITUATED LEARNING
3:15pm - 3:35pm  Ed Fidoe - Education needs a revolution.
Ed is an education reformer and advisor. He co-founded School 21 and leads the 21 Trust.
3:35pm - 3:55pm  Torange Khonsari - From live project to situated practice.
Torange is co- founder of practice public works and senior lecturer at London Metropolitan University and UMA School of Architecture in Sweden.
20mins panel discussion

PANEL 4: OTHER SETTINGS FOR LEARNING
4:30pm - 4:50pm Marco Clauson - Neighbourhood Academy.
As the co-initiator of Berlin's urban garden, Prinzessinnengarten at Moritzplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg, Marco runs various agricultural, environmental and participatory urban projects and programs.
4:50pm - 5:10pm  Maurice Carlin - Islington Mill, Manchester.
Maurice is the recipient of the inaugural Visual Artist Fellowship (2016/17) from The Clore Leadership Programme. He is an artist and director of leading UK independent arts organisation, Islington Mill.
5:10pm - 5:30pm Grant Smith - Home Ed in the City.
Grant is an artist and writer with a broadly ecological practice at SoundCamp and self-noise.net.
15mins panel discussion
6PM END

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

The Civic University draws together a network of local and international 'civic classrooms' – physical rooms situated within specific areas in a city – where knowledge about hands on city making is produced and disseminated on various sites such as social housing estates, high streets, community gardens, parks and other urban sites currently under threat. There are four 'Civic classrooms' already set up across London with the aim to grow to other sites, forming new partnerships and supporting existing neighbourhood initiatives. The emerging curriculum is driven by the needs and desires of local citizens as its base.

The Civic University builds on a rich tradition of artist lead schools and academies, re-imagining educational models. It will reflect on such traditions, recognising itself as part of a larger movement towards more democratic forms of knowledge production. To map out this history, a growing 'Archive of Alternative Schools and Academies' will be launched during our stay at Tate Exchange.

The Civic University is facilitated by public works in collaboration with the initiatives, R-Urban, The Old Tidemill Gardens, Interact Roman Road, Loughborough Farm and their associated local groups and networks.

It is an ongoing collaboration with Professor Robert Mull and his initiative Global Practice Programme.

In its current form the Civic University draws from the students work produced as part of Architecture and Activism, the Civic University Live Project at the Sheffield School of Architecture (SSOA), as well as the ECODA research project on co-designing resilience.

Web: www.civic-university.net
Facebook: @CivicUniversity
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