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UK Shelter Forum

PechaKucha 2013

The second UK Shelter Forum PechaKucha, hosted by University College London, brought together practitioners and researchers in order to share learning and develop networks for future collaboration.

Using the PechaKucha format of 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds, ten speakers presented their research into different aspects of shelter, settlements and disasters. watch here

 Follow @UKShelterForum if you’d like to present at or attend the next event.

— 7 months ago

slumlab:


»THE SOCIAL DESIGN PUBLIC ACTION READER«

SLUM LAB MAGAZINE



Title: The Social Design Public Action Reader; Magazine: SLUM Lab;
Editors: Alfredo Brillembourg, Hubert Klumpner;
Guest-Editior: Lukas Feireiss
Graphic Design: Floyd E. Schulze; Release: September 2013

On occasion of the Social Design Public Action symposium at the University of Applied Arts Lukas Feireiss guest-edited this special edition of the Slum Lab Magazine directed by Urban-Think Tank founders Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner. The reader is a research and publishing collaboration between Columbia University New York, ETH Zurich and the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Initially, the magazine dealt mainly with the theme of slums and informal settlements. However, over the course of numerous publications, S.L.U.M. Lab has grown to address a wide variety of global urban themes. Since its first edition, S.L.U.M. Lab has proven to be both provocative and popular. Knowledge sharing has always been a core aspect of the magazine.

slumlab:

»THE SOCIAL DESIGN PUBLIC ACTION READER«

SLUM LAB MAGAZINE

Title: The Social Design Public Action Reader; Magazine: SLUM Lab;

Editors: Alfredo Brillembourg, Hubert Klumpner;

Guest-Editior: Lukas Feireiss

Graphic Design: Floyd E. Schulze; Release: September 2013

On occasion of the Social Design Public Action symposium at the University of Applied Arts Lukas Feireiss guest-edited this special edition of the Slum Lab Magazine directed by Urban-Think Tank founders Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner. The reader is a research and publishing collaboration between Columbia University New York, ETH Zurich and the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Initially, the magazine dealt mainly with the theme of slums and informal settlements. However, over the course of numerous publications, S.L.U.M. Lab has grown to address a wide variety of global urban themes. Since its first edition, S.L.U.M. Lab has proven to be both provocative and popular. Knowledge sharing has always been a core aspect of the magazine.

— 11 months ago with 4 notes

Housing the Remnants of Capitalism

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A few days ago we found the project let’s talk about garbage through a tweet by @alucidwake and immediately two things catched-up our attention, the renders of such a big slum project and the quote “the land (and people living there) has been put up for sale by the city authorities.” The people has been put for sale?

We have been writing recently about capitalism and his close and deep relationship with architecture, and this project is a clear example of this fact. Dharavi is one of the largest slums in the world, with an estimated population between 600,000 and over 1 million people. This land, according to the architects’ research, is worthover 2.3 billion dollars, because the slum generates profits worth 500 million dollars, supplying the whole of Mumbai with necessary products and goods. In this context, UGO architecture and design has proposed a new facility based on a structure without a prescribed function, with blocks for residential uses to the south and a recycling part to the north, only divided by two corridors, and with the ground floor space serving mainly to supply garbage from the dump.

full article here

— 1 year ago

Intercultural Innovation Award →

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group have joined forces to strengthen their commitment to encourage cultural diversity and coexistence among communities. The BMW Group Award for Intercultural Innovation, in support of the Alliance of Civilizations, under the auspices of the United Nations (otherwise known as the Intercultural Innovation Award) searches for innovative and sustainable projects around the world that are encouraging dialogue and cooperation among people from different cultural backgrounds using novel and creative methods.

Not-for-profit organizations that are active in the fields of migration and integration; intercultural awareness; education for intercultural citizenship; the role of specific groups (faith-based; women; youth; media) in promoting intercultural understanding, with a track records in managing intercultural projects and willingness to expand their range of action, are eligible to apply.

— 1 year ago

Learning from the City

With rapid urbanisation taking place on a global scale, urban areas are increasingly affected by humanitarian emergencies. Amid the growing recognition of the need to address the operational implications of urban risk and vulnerability in the humanitarian sector, this event will launch the British Red Cross’ recent study on humanitarian action in urban areas: Learning from the city

— 1 year ago

"People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be"

Abraham Lincoln

— 1 year ago

Tricky is back with a new album and his own record label, both bearing the name False Idols. “Nothing’s Changed” featuring vocalist Francesca Belmonte is the first music to surface publicly, and represents a stirring return to form from Tricky. False Idols comes out May 28th on False Idols / !K7 Records, and also features vocals from Nneka, Peter Silberman (of The Antlers), and Fifi Rong. 

Download the track here.

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— 1 year ago with 1 note

#SoundCloud  #!K7 Records  #Hip-Hop  #Tricky  #Francesca Belmonte  #False Idols 
Beyond 7 billion

After remaining stable for most of human history, the world’s population has exploded over the last two centuries. The boom is not over: The biggest generation in history is just entering its childbearing years. The coming wave will reshape the planet, and the impact will be greatest in the poorest, most unstable countries.

full article here

 

— 1 year ago

Intervención Urbana: “Stairway Cinema”
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“Stairway Cinema” es una instalación artística desarrollada por el colectivo experimental Oh.NO.SUMO. Dispuesto en dos calles de Auckland, Nueva Zelanda, la instalación cuenta con una estructura de tela que cubre parte de una escalera y que en su interior tiene una superficie en la que se proyectan cortometrajes. Con el objetivo de animar a la gente a tomarse este cine al aire libre, se colocan almohadillas en las escalera.

more here

— 1 year ago

Open-source design

Mass bespoke

IN WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn—the hippest part of New York’s hippest borough—you can pick up a seat for $750 made from the redwood reclaimed from an old water tower; or fork out $3,200 for a “Bilge” lounge chair, crafted from bourbon barrels and truck springs. Alternatively, if you are trend-conscious but cash-poor, you can download the free designs for strikinglysimilar items, get them cut at a local shop, and assemble them at home.

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— 1 year ago