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Governance Workshop I London I UK I 2009 December 17, 2009

Good governance is about improving the ability of different organisations to collaborate, communicate and co-ordinate better to achieve certain goals.  The term governance is often confused with improving the ability of governments to deliver development.  The majority of people in low income countries receive development from a combination of government, non-government, private, social and informal organisations.  For good governance in practice, these organisations and their different combinations need to be effective. It has been recognised that conflicts between people and…

Edible Places #1 & #2: The Eden Project I Cornwall I UK I 2009 December 17, 2009

2009 Food production and consumption in the modern world has become dependent on fossil fuels, following the increase in monoculture agriculture reliant on heavy machinery, artificial chemical fertilisers (pesticides and herbicides), the consumption of processed foods and the distance from farm to fork – food miles.  This creates a disconnection between the producer and the end consumer, which in turn has a negative economic and social impact. As well as reducing food security, these practices are having a devastating effect…

Chelsea Flower Show London I UK I 2009 December 17, 2009

The Key: Chelsea Flower Show London I UK I 2009 ASF created a symbolic pavilion centrepiece for a major show garden, designed by the Eden Project, at the 2009 RHS Chelsea Flower Show to help raise the issue of homelessness and positive change. ASF based our design on sustainability, resourcefulness, and the creative adaptation of materials that were once discarded by society as waste. These materials were transformed by people who have themselves experienced social exclusion through homelessness and who…

Think Superuse Workshop: Oxford I UK I 2009 May 18, 2009

Skills and knowledge for the methods of re-using waste material in new development is severely lacking and underdeveloped within the construction industry and architectural profession. Some theory surrounds the subject, but few practical examples of tested building methods exist. Furthermore, few opportunities exist within architectural education or amongst qualified professionals to work with waste materials and learn about or test processes necessary for understanding how to apply the reused waste materials to the design of new buildings. Download a pdf>>

Small is….festival, Rugby I UK I 2009 May 18, 2009

In September ASF-UK participated in the “Small is…” Festival in Rugby. The event was organised and inspired by Michael Schumacher’s book “Small is Beautiful” and was initiated as an opportunity for the exchange of questions of international development and the planet. The themes were: Small is…Economic, Appropriate, Personal or Political. ASF-UK participated in the event and organised a workshop that looked at the notion of home and community and how we engage with the communities that we live in. Through…

Leeds Activism Festival: Leeds I UK I 2009 May 16, 2009

In June 2009 Dr. Alexandre Apsan Fediani and Naomi Shinkins presented the ASF-UK ‘building communities, Salavador da Bahia, Brazil’ workshop at the practitioners’ conference of the Leeds design activism festival. The practitioners’ conference was created to ‘give voice to designers, artists, architects, students, performers, activists, observers and users of socially and/or environmentally committed creative practices.’  The ASF-UK presentation was one of 16 exhibits from both UK based and international practitioners. The key aim of the event was to encourage the…

Sense of Place: Birmingham I UK I 2009 May 13, 2009

Sense of Place was an ambitious collaboration between art and architecture organisations to explore and capture the social assets of an area, or people’s ‘sense of place’ to inform a master planning process. The project contributed valuable knowledge to the current debate about the role and value of consultation in the regeneration process. The programme was developed in order to: * Reveal the richness of social, cultural and work networks; * Understand the perceptions and meanings people place on neighbourhood;…

Governance and Waste: The Eden Project I Cornwall I UK I 2008 December 17, 2008

Waste collection, re-use, recycling and building with waste are themes that dominate in the discourse on national and international development. To achieve sustainable development, buildings need to generate less waste during construction, use and demolition. Waste management offers opportunities for community decision making, social enterprises and small scale businesses. This may take place in partnership with state and private sector organisations, and aims to reduce the impact of waste on the environment. Waste management needs participation, partnerships and collective decision…

Drawing for Development Workshop I UK I ongoing December 17, 2008

The one day ASF-UK workshop, facilitated by ASF-UK Associates, focuses on identifying and representing complex issues of development and humanitarian practice. The workshop is aimed at architecture students and has taken place in a variety of Architecture Schools across the UK since 2008.  The workshop aims to encourage participants to identify, address and represent complex issues of development. The workshop is designed as a tool to be used at any time in the academic year to get participants to begin…

Raising awareness about homelessness: Temporary Pavilion, Oxford I UK I 2008 May 18, 2008

The design brief was developed for an undergraduate design unit at Oxford Brookes University and tried to tackle the students’ often prejudiced perceptions of the homeless community in Oxford.  Through their research students realised that not only are the homeless community segregated from the rest of society, but also from each other and this became the basis for the agenda of the winning pavilion which engaged with the brief by developing an emotional ‘walk through’ pavilion which was located on…

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