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

FS_30: The Medical City Salon organised by TINAG on Monday 14 July at 19.00 at public works studio

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This Is Not A Gateway (TINAG)will be hosting another salon at public works studio, this time about "The Medical City".

The number one cause of death amongst children in the developing world is not famine or war, but respiratory illness due to urban pollution. In a rapidly increasing urbanised world there is an urgency to address the complexities between cities and public health. Should the medical fraternity be the future builders of cities? 
 


What can urbanists learn from medicine? Could the medical knowledge, lexicon and methodologies be adopted and applied to cities? How can the 
knowledge from building hospitals be extended 
to cities? What knowledge does a paramedic who navigates a city's streets and treats its citizens have that might be vital? What can be learned about public health from a land contamination officer? How can public health be put at the
forefront in city planning?

This Is Not A Gateway have brought together three compelling urbanists to consider the historic relationship between urban planning and public health, to explore how medical knowledge can be adapted by city planners,and to discuss how public health can become an integral part of urban planning:

• ELIZABETH FONSECA, Environmental Quality Manager, Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
• PHIL GUSACK, Architect and 
Director of gusack.com
• CHRIS SHARP, Urban Software Designer, Holistic City 


Salons are informal, free and open to all. There are always beer and beigals. To register, please email: salons@thisisnotagateway.net

FS24 - How Vermin are Shaping our Future Cities - 6.30PM - MONDAY 26 Nov. 2007 -

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The speakers, the bagels and the audience

FRIDAY SESSION 24
THIS IS NOT A GATEWAY (SALONS) presents:
HOW VERMIN ARE SHAPING OUR FUTURE CITIES

MONDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2007
18:30 FOR 19:00 START

Hosted by public works:
2-8 Scrutton Street
London EC2A 4RT
For directions click here

This Is Not A Gateway (Salons) invites you to share beers and bagels whilst
discussing HOW VERMIN ARE SHAPING OUR FUTURE CITIES.

Vermin, cities and people shape each other. Urban vermin and their varieties
are on the increase. This increase has been attributed rising density, the global
mobility of people and goods and shifting climates - micro and global.

Which species have had close to a thousand years influence over our cities?
How have vermin affected the use and inhabitation of urban space historically?
Why were vermin culturally and socially constructed as expressions of
'dirtiness, contamination and the other'?

What changes has a pest controller noticed across the last decade in London's dwellings?
Where have vermin and pests been referenced in the arts?
How do vermin affect London's development process?
What role will vermin play in 'the urban age'?

The following four compelling urbanists have been brought together to present
and lead the discussion:

Ben Campkin / Lecturer, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
Tea Mäkipää / Artist, Finland
Alan Pipe / Zoologist, Archaeology Service, Museum of London
Effie Williams / Senior Pest Controller, Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

Many thanks to chaudigital for investing in this salon

Please register: salons@thisisnotagateway.net
web: www.thisisnotagateway.net

Post Salon Essay by Joost Beunderman

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Joost Beunderman (Researcher, Demos) was asked by TINAG to write a brief post salon essay, highlighting the audience and speakers key points in a format that can be used to contribute to further debate and policy formulation. His essay can now be downloaded here -> tinag-public-air-space-post-salon-essay.pdf

The next TINAG SALON in the lead up to the October 2008 Festival is on Monday 26th November - 'How Vermin Are Shaping our Future Cities'

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FS_21 Public Air Space with 'This is not a Gateway' Salon, Monday 24th Sep 2007 at 19.00

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THIS IS NOT A GATEWAY SALONS presents: PUBLIC AIR SPACE
Hosted by PUBLIC WORKS

Monday 24TH September 2007
18:30 for 19:00 Start

From Stonehenge, to churches to university spires; houses of parliament to central railway stations and public housing projects; tall buildings have been expressions of public, civil and religious life. There is no doubt this has changed. Does this change matter? What is their new potential?

London's skyline has transformed in the last five years and is likely to continue to do so for another five. Only a few times each century do cities go through such focussed and prolific production and re-development. In its rush, each "boom" forges a transformation on the morphology of the city for future generations to read.

This Is Not A Gateway (TINAG) asks should everyone in the city have access to a horizon? Should this access be policy in the London Plan? Might these spaces articulate the new multiculturalism and 24hr clock of cities? Could "public spaces in the sky" be our new Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest or Queen's Park?

Dedicated to creating arenas for emerging voices related to cities, across cultures and disciplines TINAG coordinates bimonthly salons, annual festival, publications and an online library.

On this occasion we are delighted to be joined by four outstanding urbanists to consider and reconsider the relationships between tall buildings, amenity and public spaces - what they might be, what they might mean; in the air, up in the sky, in the city. PUBLIC AIR SPACE speakers:

Léa Ayoub (Researcher, Robert Tavernor Consultancy, LSE)
Paul Goodwin (Re-visioning Black Urbanism, CUCR Goldsmiths College)
Lina Gudmundsson (Urban Designer, Design for London )
Indy Johar (Architect, Zero Zero Architects)

To download a pdf press release click here ->tinag-public-air-space-salon-press.pdf

FS_02 This is not a Gateway

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The first THIS IS NOT A GATEWAY SALON held at public works was about THE SUBURBANISATION OF THE CITY. Speakers included Deborah Stevenson, Denna Jones, Allessandra Buonfino and Kathriyn Frith. With additional research conducted by Monica Postiglione. Coordinated by www.thisisnotagateway.net

THE SUBURBANISATION OF THE CITY / THIS IS NOT A GATEWAY â€" SALONS

The City is being Suburbanised, so said David Harvey at his recent winter lecture at the London School of Economics. His lecture ended with the challenge to the audience, that the City was being suburbanised, that the values and aims of the suburbs are now shaping and forming the city.

TINAG Salons has invited four remarkable urbanists to peer a little closer at his argument, showcasing policy documents, drawing attention to recent projects on the ground, presenting art projects directly dealing with this concern, taking a snapshot of the current social norms and their historical development alongside looking at who and how these ideas have gained currency.

TINAG Salons is the evolution of 2004 Sideshow Salons, which focused on the special kind of madness that is the Thames Gateway / Thames Reach. This series provides the prelude to This Is Not A Gateway, A Festival of European Young Urbanists.

TINAG Salons have niknacked with the kind and warm folk at publicworks, who are hosting this series of salons in their new studio. Like Sideshow, there are always beers and bagels and these have been provided with the foresight that could only come from the LSE Cities Society & LSE Planning Society.