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NEWSFLASH: workshop deadlines extended June 20, 2014

Distracted by the football and worried that you wouldn’t get your workshop application in on time? No fear, we’ve extended the deadlines for both the Change by Design workshop in London, UK and the Resilience by Design worskhop in Cartagena, Colombia to 30th June, to give you a bit more time to read up about them, and apply. Here is a brief reminder about the workshops: In London, building on participatory design tools developed in previous Change by Design workshops…

ASF at The Eden Project June 16, 2014

In 2011 ASF designed and built a post disaster bamboo shelter in the tropical biome at the Eden project which was intended to survive at least a year, however three years later and propped up in several places it was time for a refurbishment. We first began by inspecting the bamboo and inner tube shelter and soon realised it needed rebuilding as it shortly collapsed after weight was added to the deck.  We disassembled the structure and noticed the untreated…

Challenging Practice course gets RIBA CPD accreditation June 13, 2014

The ‘Challenging Practice | Essentials for the Social Production of Habitat’ course that was jointly developed by ASF-UK, ASF France, ASF Italy, ASF Spain and ASF Sweden has recently been awarded RIBA CPD accreditation.  The course can count towards core curriculum learning and is covered in the Core Curriculum Subject: Where people Live: Communities, Urban and Rural Design and the Planning Process.  All four stages of the course are included in the accreditation, therefore attending one of our upcoming workshops…

Catch the Oxford Brookes/Unit D student exhibition in London this month June 11, 2014

Unit D is one of the vertical design studios within the School of Architecture for undergraduate students at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, United Kingdom.  The Unit operates within the broader context of architectural education, which is subject to constant questioning and debate about its relevance both to the profession and to our wider society. It is situated both as a critique of the orthodoxy of architectural education and as an alternative of that orthodoxy. The Unit approach encourages students to…

Upcoming Change by Design workshop in London May 18, 2014

ASF-UK is happy to announce the 5th installment of the Change by Design workshops. In September 2014, ASF-UK will be teaming up with Citizens UK and diverse groups of local stakeholders to explore the impact of large-scale development and regeneration in London on local communities. Building on participatory design tools developed in previous Change by Design workshops in Brazil, Kenya and Ecuador, we will be generating community designed scenarios which seek to bring about positive outcomes of the proposed High…

Upcoming Resilience by Design workshop in Colombia May 12, 2014

ASF-UK is happy to announce an upcoming Resilience by Design workshop in Cartagena, Colombia in September 2014. The Resilience by Design methodology addresses the need for bottom up sustainable development approaches that respond to the many interrelated risks facing disadvantaged communities. The focus area of our upcoming workshop is the area of Tierrabaja in La Boquilla, on the outskirts of Cartagena, an area is characterised by the presence of a unique mangrove ecosystem and inhabited by Afrocolombian groups who hold…

Report of Change by Design workshop in Quito now available in English April 18, 2014

A report of last summer’s Change by Design workshop in Quito, Ecuador, is now available online in English. The report outlines the findings from the activities held in Los Pinos, one of the two areas where ASF-UK worked during Change by Design 2013 in Equador. The workshop resulted from a collaboration with the Universidad Politécnica Salesiana, El Institute de Altos Estudios Nacionales (IAEN) and the community organisation Comité de Desarollo Comunitario Los Pinos. English New spatial imaginations for Los Pino…

Challenging Practice: start Stage 1 today and sign up to do Stage 2 in May March 14, 2014

Have you heard about Challenging Practice and want to know more? Challenging Practice is specifically targeted at built environment professionals with an interest (and no prior knowledge/ experience) in the challenges that are impacting on the human development of billions of people across the world: rapid urbanisation, scarce resources, poverty, vulnerability and natural disasters to name a few. The course is divided into four stages: a free theoretical online introduction, a two-day seminar designed to enable participants to reflect on…

Support ASF-UK Change by Design event at World Urban Forum 7 in Colombia February 21, 2014

Following the successful training session at WUF6 in 2012, ASF-UK will host a Networking Event at the seventh session of UN-Habitat World Urban Forum, in Medellin, Colombia, in April 2014. The event is titled: Participatory Design and Planning for Equitable Cities, and will take place on Tuesday 8 April at 2pm. To be a part of this event we require £2000 to cover our costs. Please can you help us cover our costs by donating here. This Event will combine…

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