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This month’s evening session… October 18, 2013

The focus of the last evening session [1st October at Look Mum No Hands] was the Change by Design Workshop in Ecuador, where we got the chance to hear a brief snippet of our ASF team members’s experiences!
The workshop was organised into design stages, starting with understanding the context of the cities Quito and Los Pinos through transect walks, mapping of the typology, photographs and participatory techniques. The social and spatial implications derived developed into understanding the aspirations of the communities, how public spaces could be used to represent interventions and what could achieved in the long term.
The information collected allowed the ASF team to define development and preferences of the community creating option plans with several possibilities. The outcomes were represented to the community and the information handed over, five of the ASF team participants were granted scholarship to continue with the research in Ecuador.
The workshops initiate an on going discussion rather than a single solution in response to complex issues.  Every culture, place and its context is different and though similarity occur it was interesting to find out where the team members faced challenges and how they found a variety of ways to respond to each context.
A member from Architecture For Humanity also joined us this evening, continuing the discussion of collaboration. Whilst still retaining both organisations identities it was agreed that finding common initiatives could be the start of collaboration through a series of talks and seminars.
*For the next Evening Session in November, instead of meeting up over a drink we suggest going to the following talk:
The Right to the City: whose streets, our streets organised by War on Want on
Thursday 7th November from 18.30 – 21.30.
Book a free ticket here

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