Friday Sessions are informal talks and presentations hosted by
public works on Friday evenings with invited guests and
The presentation of a European wide network of practices who act
within the urban field as a place for political change and
architectural practice, introducing their different projects, tools
The compilation of practices results from numerous pan European
workshops, and has recently been published in book form by atelier
The URBAN ACT book not only locates and maps the activities of
practices, but is structured as a manual to allow insight into the
interventionist urban practice, like a user guide to
For more information on the background and contributions
visiisit the related research project website www.peprav.net
Practice contributors include:
AG Gleisdreieck, Berlin
Park Fiction, Hamburg
public works, London
Laboratorio Urbano, Madrid
Friday 13th April starts at 19.00
at public works studio
30 Bird Productions is an Anglo-Iranian film and theatre company
producing highly visual new writing. Using its cultural heritage as
its inspiration, 30 Bird explores the meeting points between
Eastern and Western cultures, whilst using visual and textual
material to develop new forms of performance.
30 Bird develops each project via a collaborative workshop
process placing an emphasis on visual narratives. Via the use of
sculptural design and installations, 30 Bird aims to create
surprise out of the ordinary.
The rise of Modernism both as a philosophical outlook and an
architectural form and its imposition in the East has informed much
of 30 Bird's work. Our projects do not tell a story, they are more
akin to musical compositions, depicting images derived from
individual descriptions, photographs and official documents.
Projects include: The Parable of The Blind, Death By Heroine,
Majnoun, but you speak such good English and The Persian
Doina Petrescu and Constantin Petcou will present and discuss
the work of atelier d'architecture autogeree(aaa) in Paris. She is
also a lecturer in architecture at the University of Sheffield and
a co editor of the recently published
" The atelier d'architecture autogeree / studio of self-managed
architecture (aaa) is a collective platform which conducts actions
and research concerning urban mutations and cultural, social and
political emerging practices in the contemporary city. The
interdisciplinary network was founded in 2001 in Paris by
architects, artists, students, researchers, unemployed persons,
activists and residents.
We develop urban tactics to accompany micro-processes and enable
rifts within the standardised urban contexts, which are regulated
by private economic interests or centralised policies. These
policies are incompatible with the global, informal and
multicultural mobilities that characterise the present-day
metropolis. We encourage the re-appropriation of derelict spaces
and the creation of new forms of urbanity by local residents
through reversible designs and lived everyday practices, which make
use of their skills and knowledge. These spaces conserve a
potential of accessibility and experimentation by resisting the
increasing control of the urban context.
Our approach involves not only critical analysis but also the
process of making and acting through shared competencies and
collaborations. We valorise the position of the resident/user as
and develop tools cooperatively to re-territorialise their spaces
of proximity and empower their decisions and actions within the
city. These tools include among others trans-local networks,
catalyst processes, nomad architectures, self-managed spaces and
platforms for cultural production.
A â€œself-managed architectureâ€ provokes assemblages and networks
of individuals, desires and different manners of making. It is a
relational practice, which is not always consensual but at times
conflictual, and it is the role of the architect to locate
confrontations and accompany subjective productions. Such an
architecture does not correspond to a liberal practice but asks for
new forms of association and collaboration, based on exchange and
Our architecture is simultaneously political and poetic as it aims
above all to "create relationships between worlds".
Freetown Christiania: Research Presentations and Debate
Individual Research Presentations followed by informal Dinner
for everyone, followed by
discussion and debate
Freetown Christiania (www.christiania.org)
The Freetown Christiania in Copenhagen has been in existence for
more than three decades. For just as long it has had to defend its
self-governed status against the Danish governmentâ€™s attempt to
â€œnormalizeâ€ it. Christiania is a unique community and place
that holds its own rules, and proves a successful model for
collective ownership and living.
The Christiania Researcher in Residence project (http://crir.homepage.dk)
The Christiania Researcher in Residence project was established in
regards to the fact that Christiania is part of Denmark's history
and poses questions of what Denmark's cultural memory is and how it
should be formed. These questions are extended to an international
Friday Session 08
The evening will start with presentations by Christiania residents
involved in the current negotiation regarding Christianiaâ€™s
status and future, and members of the Christiania Researcher in
Residence Project. It will be followed by artists who have been
invited by CRIR to develop work in response to Christiania.
An informal dinner will allow everyone to gain energy for a more
general discussion on Christiania
as a social, cultural and legal model. The profit made from selling
drinks and food will go to CRIR.
Presentations and contributions by
London based artist, former Christiania resident and founding
member of CRIR.
Christinania based sound engineer and video artist, founding member
of CRIR and part of ChristianiaÂ´s activistic society.
Architect, activist and member of CRIR, based in Copenhagen and
Artist and member of CRIR, based in Sweden, Denmark and Berlin.
Nicoline van Harskamp
Amsterdam based visual artist; her video project â€œChristiania
Trias Politicaâ€ looks into the history of rules and governance in
London based historian currently working for the World Intellectual
Property Organisation; his primary focus was the "sense of
ownership" that Christianites have developed in relation to their
homes and community and its relation to "legal" ownership of
property in Christiania.
Neil Chapman & Martin Wooster
UK based artists and writers, whose audio interviews trace an
invisible relationship between people and stories in Christiania.
Berlin based artist, who is asking â€œWhat is the Mysteryâ€ in his
recent comic strip about Christiania, which appeared serially in
Ugspjelet, the Christiania community weekly paper
Freetown Christiania in Copenhagen, DK, is both a living
community and an amazing social and cultural experiment, which
keeps developing and evaluating itself. The Christiania Researchers
in Residence Porgramme was set up to invite artits from outside to
live in Christiania and to develop new work that explores some of
the particularities of Christiania.
The evening will start with a number of presentations by artists
who have worked from within Christiania, followed by an informal
dinner for everyone, and a debate on the current situation of
Christiania and the research outcomes in relation it.
For more information visit http://crir.homepage.dk
CRISIS is a national charity that fights homelessness and
empowers homeless people to fulfill their potential and transform
their lives. With Urban Village CRISIS has developed a new model
for sustainable communities with affordable homes for low income
essential workers and formerly homeless adults.
Urban Village is:
- An innovative concept for socially mixed communities based on
tried and tested model from New York
- High quality permanent housing with onsite holistic support and
opportunities for work and well being
- A cost effective solution, which tackles multiple agendas across
local and central government
Located on the City Fringe in Tower Hamlets, Urban Village will
create 270 units of permanent affordable housing for a mixed
community of low income workers and homeless adults unable to move
on from an overcrowded hostel system. Urban Village will not only
provide high quality, environmentally friendly housing, it will
also boast integrated onsite support services including healthy
living, training, and employment opportunities. Support services
include the New Mildmay Hospital serving people living with AIDS, a
Primary Healthcare and 8 bed Detox Centre, and the New Shoreditch
Tabernacle Baptist Church.
Urban Village is based on a successful model pioneered by Common
Ground Community in New York in 1990. Common Ground currently
operates 1500 units. In 2005, New York City government committed to
delivering 9,000 more units.