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Challenging Practice: Register for Stage 2 now! October 7, 2012

Already registered for Stage 1 of Challenging Practice: essentials for the social production of habitat? If so, you can now register for Stage 2, a weekend seminar to enable participants to reflect on their knowledge from Stage 1 through case studies and facilitated discussions and interactive scenario building and role plays. ASF-UK will host Stage 2 weekend seminars twice a year – and the first one is coming up in November: Title: Challenging practice: Learning in action Date: 17-18th November 2012…

Participatory design methodologies at the World Urban Forum September 22, 2012

ASF-UK facilitated a training event on participatory design methodologies at the World Urban Forum in Naples, Italy. These methods have been developed in the ‘Change-by-Design’ action-research workshops implemented by ASF-UK in Brazil and Kenya. The training attracted over 100 participants from a diverse range of backgrounds – residents, CBOs, NGOs, private sector, academics, as well as managers of large scale development projects and local and central government officials. It consisted of a short introduction to the overall concepts and approaches of…

Challenging practice is now online… August 30, 2012

Challenging Practice: Essentials for the Social Production of Habitat is a project developed by an Architecture Sans Frontières partnership funded by the European Commission under the LLP Leonardo Da Vinci programme to develop a training that encourages architects and urban designers to engage in the production of habitat for the world’s most vulnerable groups. This training has been developed as ASF strongly believes that the construction of social facilities for the benefit of the most underprivileged sectors of the world’s population requires a broader approach from built environment professionals, and a critical revision of the focus and ways of operating that…

Participatory Design for Slum-upgrading and Inclusive City Building August 20, 2012

For those attending the World Urban Forum VI in Naples this September, ASF-UK will be holding a training session on “Participatory Design for Slum-upgrading and Inclusive City Building”, building on the work done in Brazil and Kenya for the last three years. We will also have experts sharing their tools and experiences, including the Bartlett – Development Planning Unit, Asian Coalition of Housing Rights / Community Architects Network, Pamoja Trust among others. Participatory design underlying motivation is to engage citizens…

Cycling success for ASF-UK! August 15, 2012

On July 18th seven cyclists set off very early from London and cycled to Paris over four days, cycling 50-80 miles per day, in order to raise funds for local Cameroonian participants to be part of the ASF-UK international workshop this summer. The group raised a hard earned and fantastic £2932.50 which will sponsor up to five local participants on our ten day workshop. A big thank you to our riders Kate Mahony, Steven Howard, Cameron Burt, David Goley, Catherine…

From England to Cameroon… August 13, 2012

The international team of facilitators left for Cameroon from London on Saturday the 11th August in the evening.  The whole team of people involved in the participatory monitoring and evaluation workshop of the projects implemented by the Mosame Trust and Cameroon Catalyst over the last three years, arrived safely in Bertoua in the evening of the 12th August in good time to begin the workshop on Monday.  Over the next 10 days they will be working closely with both local and international…

And they are off… July 19, 2012

A team of  7  have begun their cycle from London to Paris to raise money for Architecture Sans Frontières-UK (ASF-UK). They have 4 days of cycling ahead of them before they arrive in the french capital for the final day of the Tour de France in order to raise funds for local Cameroonian participants to be part of our international workshop this summer. The workshop will be implemented in partnership with Cameroon Catalyst, a UK based charity and the Mosame Trust,…

Spring Newsletter – A successful year so far! March 24, 2012

ASF-UK had a really fantastic year last year thanks to the hard work and commitment of everyone involved in this organisation. We successfully managed to run 3 international workshops, a really superb summer school at the Eden Project, a well attended talk series hosted by Grimshaw, an excellent seminar on Social Enterprise along with a number of other smaller and less publicised events, including many talks and workshops that we have run across the country and internationally. At the end of the year…

ASF-UK are re-launching the Evening Sessions March 19, 2012

These sessions are a chance for ASF members to catch up and those new to ASF to find out more about what we do and how we believe built environment professionals can better engage with communities and development. Occasionally we will invite members of ASF’s team to give talks on recent workshops / projects, but in most cases it will simply be a chance to share a few drinks and some good discussion after a long day. The first session…

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