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ASF-UK associates facilitated Challenging Practice (Stage A Seminar) in Portugal, 8 and 9th April 2016  April 14, 2016

Following an invitation from our colleagues ASF-Portugal, ASF-UK’s associates Célia Macedo Isis Nuñez Ferrera and Lucia Caistor facilitated the first Challenging Practice Course (Stage A seminar) in Portugal. This was a very successful weekend of reflection and discussions arising from activities, interactive scenario building and role play participatory exercises. Using Mashimoni (Kenya) and Tierra Baja (Colombia) as case studies, the group explored participatory design processes involving community and stakeholders as a way to achieve dignified housing and equitable development. We…

Challenging Practice 28th-29th May: snap up your Stage A seminar place now April 1, 2016

ASF-UK will be running a Stage A weekend seminar to enable participants to reflect on their knowledge gained from the preparatory readings of the Introduction through case studies and facilitated discussions, and interactive scenario building and role plays.  ASF-UK hosts seminars twice a year – and the next will be in May 2016: Title: Challenging practice: Learning in action Date: 28th-29th May 2016 Location: Aldgate, London Price: £100 if you are working/£80 if you are a student or unemployed Eligibility: Attendees should have read 60% of the preparatory readings of the Introduction. Over the two…

Working with ASF-Nepal and A&D March 21, 2016

I moved to Nepal just over a week ago to work with ASF-Nepal and A&D in their joint program for reconstruction after the devastating earthquakes of 2015. I am here as a technical adviser to their Technical Support Office, where we provide architectural and engineering advice free of charge to those local NGOs that otherwise would have no access to it (get in touch if you think we can help your organisation), based on the criteria of Building Back Better and Safer. I…

ASF-UK to deliver Participatory Workshop to RIBA Future Leaders March 10, 2016

On Tuesday 15th March Associate Sophie Morley will deliver a workshop to all RIBA Future Leaders delegates.  The 2016 Future Leaders programme will focus on leadership skills in fostering the social purpose and responsibility of practices, understanding and improving outcomes, and transforming and future-readying business. ASF-UK will introduce all RIBA Future Leader delegates to their socio-spatial participatory methodology through interactive roleplay activity enabling participants to engage with the complex challenges associated with more equitable forms of urban development in the context of the…

ASF-UK Symposium – Challenging Practice: Designing In Uncertain Global Times February 6, 2016

Join ASF-UK for a one-day symposium to explore how built environment practitioners can respond to emerging global challenges in cities. When: Saturday 5th March 2016 Where: UCL campus: Pearson (North East Entrance) G22 LT, Pearson Building Gower Street London WC1E 6BT With highly interactive sessions throughout the day, we will test and discuss different skills, approaches and knowledge that can ‘challenge practice’ in order to design in uncertain global times. The day will be a great opportunity to expand your…

A Farewell to Naomi February 2, 2016

Naomi Shinkins, one of our first and long standing associates, is now saying goodbye after many years of hard work, dedication and enthusiasm for ASF-UK. Naomi has been a fundamental member of ASF-UK, contributing to all aspects of this organisation, including developing its action research programmes, particularly Change by Design, training built environment practitioners, fundraising, administration and coordination of all our efforts as a voluntary-led organisation. We are full of gratitude for her knowledge, support, energy and positive attitude that…

Change by Design: London report launch event 2015 December 14, 2015

On the 30th November, ASF-UK in partnership with UCL, DPU and the Urban Lab, hosted the launch of the Change by Design: London Report.  The evening began with an introduction to ASF-UK and a presentation of the findings from the one week ASF-UK Change by Design:London workshop held in September 2014 which developed collective imaginations for contested sites in Euston. The second part of the event brought together representatives from Camden Council, Citizens UK, ASF-UK and local residents to discuss and reflect…

Upcoming: 2nd Stage Workshop in Colombia September 1, 2015

We are excited to announce the second stage of our partnership with FEM, ASOCOC and the Resilience by Design programme in Cartagena, Colombia! In the next weeks, Lucía Caistor Arendal , ASF-UK associate, and Isis Nunez Ferrera, Research Fellow at University of Westminster and ASF-UK associate, will be taking part in an interdisciplinary workshop to support two more communities in developing resilient strategies within the framework of a Territorial Management Plan (PAT). The workshop will be focused on the Island…

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