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Emidio di Treviri School of territorial activism

From October 18 -20 we attended the school of territorial activism. Located in Fornara, between the wonderful Laga and Sibillini mountains and organised by the Emidio di Treviri association, the school invited activists, researchers and inhabitants to discuss strategies for development and resistance in the areas affected by the recent earthquake and beyond. Emido d Treviri is […]

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Mehringpltaz Anknipsen 2 – Nachbarschaftsatlas

(English below) Werde Teil des Mehringplatz Anknipsen-Workshops! Hast du Lust mit uns deine Nachbarschaft zu verändern? Zusammen mit euch wollen wir neue Methoden ausprobieren, um Bürger*innen und soziale, kulturelle Organisationen der Südlichen Friedrichstadt miteinander zu vernetzen. In dem Workshop werden wir gemeinsam den Nachbarschaftsatlas der Südlichen Friedrichstadt testen und entwickeln. Was ist das? … eine […]

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The URBEX Toolkit is ready!

Among the final deliveries of the URBEX project, the URBEX Toolkit – “Discover your city with fun” presents a set of methods and exercises to employ urban exploration as a way to engage youths in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. The outcome of two training weeks and five local laboratories testing the methodologies on the field is available […]

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Who Owns Kreuzberg – Registration open

After due to technical reasons at the hosting venue we had to postpone the event planned in September, the new dates for  Who Owns Kreuzberg: mapping spaces of creativity and resistance are established. The workshop will take place at the FXHB Museum on November 11, 18 and 25 at 2pm. Interested in taking part?  Please fill the registration form online.   Nachdem wir aus technischen […]

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Differenze in comune

  Thursday October 3rd Tesserae’s founders Laura Colini and Lorenzo Tripodi will take part in the conference Differenze in Comune in Firenze. The event organised by the CAT cooperative is dedicated to imagining and designing the inclusive city. Laura will contribute with a presentation on the housing question in Europe: issues, public policies and social struggles. She will also […]

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Internet in a Box_ Oaxaca and Chiapas Mexico

During August 2019 Laura  helped out Adam Holt, volunteer of Internet-in-a-Box to document his work as system-manager in remote schools in Oaxaca and Chiapas. Internet in a box goal ist to the “World’s Free Knowledge (Wikipedia, Khan Academy, OpenStreetMap, E-Books and many others) to those who are offline — e.g. anybody nearby with an old smartphone, […]

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H2020 Secondment in Mexico

From August to  September 2019, in the frame of the Co-creation EU H2020 project, Laura Colini did her secondment at UNAM  University of Mexico City. During five weeks she lectured at the department of Social Studies, did field work for the case study about housing rights in CDMX, volunteered for documenting  Internet in a Box project  with […]

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URBEX final meeting

On July 30-31 we met in London at the University College with the partners of the URBEX ErasmusPlus project. We discussed the outcomes of the laboratories of urban exploration that took place in five neighbourhoods in Palermo, Ljubljana, Albacete, London and Berlin. In Mehringplatz Tesserae collaborated with the youths of KMA Antenne in drafting the H-Town tour, an itinerary […]

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WHO OWNS KREUZBERG?

Mapping spaces of creativity and resistance An Urban Reconnaissance workshop with ogino:knauss Coordinated by Tesserae, Berlin In November 2019, media artists ogino:knauss and urban research practitioners Tesserae will lead ‘Who Owns Kreuzberg’, a workshop aimed at activists, artists and engaged citizens in Berlin exploring the complexities of urban transformations in the city and tools for […]

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Summer Institute on Methodologies for Housing Justice at UCLA

On August 5-9 Laura took part to the Summer Institute on Methodologies for Housing Justice at UCLA in Los Angeles, US. The event was aimed at bringing together movement-based and university-based scholars to address key needs and gaps in housing and planning research. A part of the Housing Justice in #UnequalCities Network, which is housed […]

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URBinclusion final outcomes

In August 2019 the URBACT Implementation Network URBinclusion closed its activities.Tesserae contributed with the Lead Expert Lorenzo Tripodi in delivering the final outcomes of this network of cities dedicated to combating poverty in deprived urban areas. URBinclusion was aimed at the co-creation of new solutions to reduce poverty in deprived urban areas, focusing on some key challenges to be tackled […]

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COMENSI TRAINING WEEK IN PALERMO

The first training week of the program took place on June 24-29  in Palermo involving 25 social workers and project managers from the five partner cities of this ErasmusPlus project.  We presented the COMENSI toolkit for Community Engagement  and discussed its application in five neighbourhoods in London, Ljubljana, Lisbon, Palermo and Berlin. Watch on Youtube the […]

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Integration of Migrants and Refugees in Small Territories – Brussels 25.06.2019

On 25 June 2019 Laura  Colini facilitated the panel Integration of Migrants and Refugees in Small Territories: A factor for local development at the European Committee of the Regions (CoR),  organised in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), the […]

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O Museu da Maré é nosso!

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U-RISE Master in Barcelona – UIA BMINCOME

From 8-11 may in Barcelona, Tesserae organised a teaching module for the Master U-RISE at the IUAV in Venice within the frame of the EU UIA BMINCOME pilot project. The pilot is a unique experiment combining passive and active policies to fight poverties in the peripheries of Barcelona. A municipal Guaranteed Minimum Income (GMI) is […]

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ps wedding braucht Eure Unterstützung!

We receive and publish this call for support for the ps wedding – project in Berlin 2. Mai 2019, 17-19 Uhr: Veranstaltung des Bezirksamts Mitte zum Diesterweg:ps wedding braucht Eure… Pubblicato da pswedding.de su Giovedì 25 aprile 2019 ps wedding braucht Eure Unterstützung! Abriss des ehemaligen Diesterweg-Gymnasiums verhindern! Zur Erinnerung: Im letzten Sommer befanden wir uns […]

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(Im)possible Complicities: registration open

The registration to (Im)possible complicities. Cocreation, Coproduction, Cooptation is open. The draft program is online here. 60 places are available online at  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/impossible-complicities-tickets-60376403448. We set a symbolic fee of 10 Euro to discourage casual registrations. Please email us at info (at) tesserae.eu for any clarification or request. (Answer during next Easter holidays may be slow)

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URBEX youth mobility in Palermo

From April 1 to 6 we were in Palermo for one intense week of Urban Exploration with 50 youth from five EU countries. The Capo neighburhood in the historical centre of Palermo has been the testing ground for an innovative combination  of exercises of exploration, mapping, visioning aimed at improve the capacity of youth to […]

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U-Rise Master Thesis

For the second year the collaboration  with the U-Rise Master in Urban Regeneration and Social Innovation of the University of Venice resulted in a group of students spending  three months in Berlin doing an internship at Tesserae. We are pleased to have supported Chiara De Grandi, Cinzia D’Emidio and Ermes Invernizzi in the elaboration of […]

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The Museo Comunitario del Valle de Xico is under attack

We recently published a piece about the Museo Comunitario del Valle de Xico on our Recentering Periphery blog. You can find the interview we carried out with the community museum’s director, Genaro Amaro, here. We are saddened to hear that this amazing grassroots cultural initiative has been closed and is under threat of eviction from the Municipality […]

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URBEX – Training in Palermo

From January 28 to February 2 took place in Palermo the first week of training of the Erasmus plus project URBEX. The intense week was attended by 25 professionals from five cities and was dedicated to develop a common methodology to employ urban exploration as an educational tool for youth at risk of exclusion. Good practices and […]

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Napoli – URBinclusion Transnational meeting

On December 13th and 14th  a transnational meeting of the URBACT implementation network URBinclusion took place in Napoli. The focus of the knowledge exchange between nine European cities was on innovative actions for the integration of populations with migrant backgrounds in the Porta Capuana neighbourhood and the coordination of local actors. We were presented the activities of the URBACT […]

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Fighting Homelessness Policy Lab

10-11 of December 2018 will take place in Paris the Policy Lab “Fighting Homelessness: the role of cities”,  co-organised by URBACT  with FEANTSA (European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless). Laura Colini will coordinate the session in her role as URBACT program, expert. Over 4 million people are affected by homelessness each year in Europe, […]

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D4l – Data Challenge on Integration of Migrants in Cities – Brussels 27.11.2018

On November 27 2018, in Brussels at MCE Conference and Business Centre, Laura Colini attended the Final Workshop of  Data Challenge on Integration of Migrants in Cities  facilitating the thematic roundtable ” Evidence on segregation and diversity for policies” in  her role as program expert for URBACT. The Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography (KCMD) has been piloting the use of […]

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Migration flows and integration policies, Athens November 22-23

22-23 November 2018 Laura Colini participates to the conference “Migration flows and integration policies: data evidence and best practices in the EU” organised by Interact and ESPON, presenting URBACT and the Arrival City network experience. The Conference explores the main challenges and identify good policy responses and the best practices for successful integration of refugees into […]

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COMENSI Kick-off meeting in Palermo

16-17 November 2018 we kicked-off the new Erasmus Plus project COmmunity ENgagement for Social Inclusion (COMENSI) meeting in Palermo, in the Capo neighbourhood, at the seat of the Lead partner of the project Bond of Union. The project aims at developing  tools and strategies to increase engagement and facilitate pro-active participation to help marginalised adults […]

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Urban Reconnaissance Workshop at UNAM, Mexico City

November 7-8 2018 we coordinated an URLab at the Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales, UNAM, in Mexico City. It was organised in the framework of the Cocreation exchange program, and involved a large number of participants, mostly postgraduate students and professors from different faculties and disciplines. The workshop developed in two days, divided in two […]

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(IM)POSSIBLE COMPLICITIES – CALL FOR PAPER

You are welcome to send your research abstract to the conference  (Im)possible Complicities: co-production, co-creation, cooptation organised by Tesserae next 23-24 May 2019 in Berlin. We welcome papers and artworks which address questions regarding: •    The meaning of co-creation, co-production, co-optation •    Co-creation and community engagement for what and for whom •    The role of […]

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Technology and its impact on urban and domestic space – BASE Milan

We  take part to the seminar organised by Milano Bicocca University and Che Fare next November 11. As we are all very well aware, technology is changing the way we live our lives, from smart phones to social media, they are having positive and negative impacts on cities, space and people. On the one hand, […]

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Solipolis – New Hamburg

Tesserae is taking part to the Solipolis festival in Veddel, Hamburg, dedicated to multicultural dialogue and neighbourhood mobilization. Saturday 15 September Laura talked at the opening session about solidarity cities and migration in Europe. Saturday the 22nd Lorenzo and Daniele will coordinate an urban reconnaissance workshop. A walk in the neighbourhood becomes an opportunity to reflect […]

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Cocreation workshop in Santa Marta

From July 30 to August 5 the “Santa Marta Sem Fronteiras” cocreation workshop took place in Rio de Janeiro. Five days of activities and site visits in the Santa Marta favela involved more than 20 researchers from the partners organisations. Manuela Conti and Sergio Segoloni took part as representatives of Tesserae. The program coordinated by local community organisers and  the […]

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Warsaw: Sick Homes, Sick Housing Policies.

Open Letter from the Scientific Community We receive from our friends in Warsaw and publish this important call for supporting tenants struggles in the Praga Neighbourhood of Warsaw. You can write to wsl.brzeskiej@gmail.com to express your support and sign the letter. Here a 5-minute long film (with English and German subtitles) explaining the predicament as well as […]

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Milano Isola – URLab at Attractive Cities summer school

During the 2nd week of the Attractive Cities summer school held at the University of Milano-Bicocca, Jim Macneil organised an Urban Reconnaissance workshop with Chiara Vitrano (PhD, GSSI) and the students.  They chose the neighbourhoods Isola and Porta Garibaldi as areas of exploration, given the massive urban projects and transformations that have been taking place over the […]

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The Praxis of Planning in Unequal Cities at AESOP2018

On July 12  the case of BMINCOME UIA Barcelona was presented by Laura Colini at  at the “Making Space for Hope” AESOP conference 2018  in Gothenburg. The case was discussed   with Ananya Roy, Oren Yiftachel and Ali Madanipour during the roundtable “The Praxis of Planning in Unequal Cities” organized by Daniela de Leo.     photo by Simone Tulumello […]

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The Maré Museum Project _ Rio de Janeiro

Museu da Maré is a community project born out of the desire to preserve memory and identity in a context of poverty and social exclusion. We visited the museum and realised a set of interviews with their staff during the secondments for the CoCreation project in July 2018. The aim is to set a possible future […]

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Urban Reconnaissance in Rio de Janeiro

Since June 28 a team of researchers including Manuela and Sergio is in Rio de Janeiro for a 6 week secondment of the Cocreation project in collaboration with PUC University. They are preparing a methodological contribution to the international workshop that will take place in Santa Marta from July 30th to August 5th, and  carrying field research  for a possible […]

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Urban reconnaissance at Oxford Brookes

Concluding a one month secondment in Oxford in the frame of the Marie Curie RISE Cocreation project, on June 21-22 Lorenzo coordinated in collaboration with Sue Brownill and Ben Spencer a workshop at Brookes University introducing Tesserae’s toolset of participative methodologies to the researchers of the hosting Unversity. Following the exchange initiated in the workshop in Bath we examined the possible application […]

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IN SUPPORT OF THE METROPOLITAN SOCIAL HEALTH CENTRE OF ELLINIKO (MKIE)

UPDATE  June 26, 2018  – Good news!  After the mobilizations that took place inside and outside Greece, the Metropolitan Social Health Center of Hellinikon (MKIE) is able to continue without obstacles its function in its premises where it is located since the end of 2011.  The government has promised in writing that it will take […]

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Bath Co-Creation workshop: Creativity-Based Methods to Engage with Communities

24th May 2018, University of Bath, 6E 2.1 Event aimed at professionals who work with different audiences and seek to use art as a means to co-produce shared understanding and knowledge about communities with those living in them. It seeks to familiarise practitioners with ‘co-creation’ methodologies and is particularly suitable for community researchers, museum professionals, […]

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Henri Lefevbre – Le Droit à la Ville

Next April 4 and 5  will take place in Paris the conference 1968 Le Droit à la Ville de Henri Lefebvre organised by La Ville en Commun. Laura Colini representing URBACT will chair the session: Face aux migrations internationales, quel droit à la ville ? Tesserae will be present to collect interviews to the speakers and suggestions for a project […]

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Exercises in Urban Reconnaissance – updated version!

The long-awaited new version of the Urban Reconnaissance platform is live on internet. As the consequence of an intense workshop and exploration activity done during last couple of years, the hypertext has been almost totally rewritten with a new index and several new definitions. Improvements were made in the user interface, and more are in the go. […]

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Dom Novogo Byta online

Dom Novogo Byta is online. The second RCP film shot in Moscow between 2009  and 2011 and issued in 2013 is now fully accessible from the Re>centering Periphery website and from oginoknauss’ Vimeo channel.

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Switch On Mehringplatz 30.11.2017 @Bauhutte

Switch On Mehringplatz – Closing discussion and book presentation Thursday November 30, 18h Bauhutte Südliche Friedrichstadt, Besselstraße 1, 10969 Berlin, Deutschland From October 2016 to July 2017 the Erasmus + program EULER has developed a series of laboratories in Mehringplatz and the Südliche Friedrichstadt investigating the potentiality of the neighbourhood, its history and current transformations. […]

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Economy and Skills: EULER publication in London

On Thursday 9 November ,  7 pm  th  final publication of the EULER project is presented  in London by the coordinator City Mine(d) together with the partner organisations NDVR, Transít and Tesserae.   The publication explains the reasoning behind experiments conducted over the past 18 months in Barcelona, Berlin, Antwerp and London and captures valuable lessons […]

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Learning from Context – Day one: presentations

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Learning from Context – Day two: workshops

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Learning from Context – conference program

Building social competence from local knowledge 22-23 September 2017 Berlin, Aquarium Skalitzer Str. 6, 10999 Berlin Berlin DE EULER_Program in PDF format. EULER_Conference_Practical information in PDF format Conference program DAY 1, Friday September 22 8:30-9:15 Registration at Aquarium Session 1 09:15 – 09:45   Welcome & Program What Are we doing here – Lorenzo Tripodi The EULER project […]

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B-MINCOME Urban Innovative Actions

Combining guaranteed minimum income and active social policies in deprived urban areas. Laura Colini is the EU UIA expert supporting Barcelona for B-MINCOME Urban Innovative Action. The project is based on the City’s decision to implement a guaranteed minimum income (GMI) to supplement income in the most deprived and poor areas or the City. It is expected that […]

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Learning from Context

Building social competence from local knowledge 22-23 September 2017 Berlin, Aquarium Skalitzer Str. 6, 10999 Berlin Berlin DE   Traditional forms of education and training for employment are increasingly focused on chasing job market demand through specialisation. Meanwhile, a multiplicity of voluntary, self-organised, citizen-based initiatives is breaking new ground in experimenting with skills and competences. Local […]

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URLab #4 – Representing the Neighbourhood

  Starting from the exercise Represented City, this urban reconnaissance laboratory will draw on the explorative practice made during the previous months to reconnect different places and stories of Südliche Friedrichstadt in a narrative path. The workshop will be completed by a walking tour open to the public. URLab #4 Saturday 15 July 2017, 10am – […]

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Mehringplatz StoryLab #4 – Urban Sketches

A digital storytelling workshop dedicated to the production of personal narratives based on impressions and memories of Mehringplatz – Südliche Friedrichstadt.  Participants will be invited to follow their inclination or favourite languages employing writing, photography, video, music and sound, drawing, graphic design, performance etc. Professional technical notions or artistic competences are not necessary. The laboratory […]

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Mehringplatz StoryLab #3 – Collecting Stories

How do we capture different voices of a community in a shared narrative framework? Next Mehringplatz StoryLab “Collecting Stories“ will take place Saturday April 22 at SUPERMARKT.  We will introduce a new tool, the Mehringplatz Card Set, to trigger the collection and recomposition of narratives about the neighbourhood. —— Saturday 22 April, 2pm SUPERMARKT, Mehringplatz 9 10969 […]

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Satellites and Aliens. Exploding Cities exhibition in Hamburg

Oginoknauss’ works from the Recentering Periphery project, including pictures and video,  are part of the exhibition Satellites and Aliens that will open in Hamburg  on March 31 at Kulturbotshaft. The exhibition has been formerly showed in Quito during the UN Habitat III event, and in Berlin and Frankfurt. The event is curated by Anke Rico Johnsallee […]

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3 years full-time funded PhD Studentship in Oxford

 Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment School of the Built Environment  Spatial Planning Research Group Three year full-time funded PhD Studentship Eligibility: Home/EU and International Students  Bursary: £14,000 in Year 1, £11,000 per year in Years 2 and 3 (with no inflationary increase) In addition, in Years 2 and 3, €2,000 per month for travel and […]

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Mehringplatz MapLab #3 – Connecting Layers

For the MapLab#3 we invited the social designers Jan Lindenberg and Stefan Göllner of place/making to coordinate a neighbourhood mapping workshop.

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Strategies for Change

Public conversation with Kathrin Wildner, Christian Hanussek and Erwin Riedmann of metroZones.   The next public conversation of the Switch On Mehringplatz program presents the manifold experience of the metroZones collective in urban research, art and education. metroZones will present some of their recent projects on urban peripheries as „Hellersdorfer Tapete“ and „metroZapp“ on Moritzplatz, […]

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Exploring Creativity in Disadvantaged Urban Areas

Interdisciplinary Conference 14-15 September 2017 University of Bath Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Creative projects shape cities. They have the power to challenge negative connotations attached to disadvantaged neighbourhoods, transform the cityscape and residents’ lives for the better, and create opportunities for dialogue between various urban actors including artists, residents and decision makers. Artist-led […]

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ReGeneration KickOff meeting in San Lazzaro di Savena

On February 27/28 the Kick Off meeting of the  ReGeneration URBACT  III Implementation Network  has taken place in San Lazzaro di Savena.  The lead partner city has presented the project to regenerate a central area of the city into a multifunctional open campus comprising schools, sport facilities heater and public space. The stakeholders involved in the […]

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Prinzessinnen garten

A visit to Prinzessinnengarten, Berlin meeting Marco Clausen. Recorded during the Urban Reconnaissance Lab #3 Spontaneous City. Part of Switch On Mehringplatz – EULER, EU Erasmus plus project.   Here an article about Prinzessinnengarten  by Laura Colini published on the URBACT website.

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CoCreation Kick off in Oxford

January 16-18 at Brookes University in Oxford took part the first operative meeting of the new CoCreation project led by dr. Juliet Carpenter at Brookes and dr. Christine Horvath of Bath University. The CoCreation project will develop a collaboration between four Universities and three non-academic organisations,  including Tesserae. As Dr Juliet Carpenter said: “The project […]

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Mehringplatz MapLab #2 – Mapping Actors and Economies

     

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Mehringplatz StoryLab #2 – Place Narrative

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European Commons Assembly

On  November 15 2016  we were invited to attend the first European Commons Assembly in Brussels. This has been a great opportunity to meet people that from different perspectives, practices and political approaches understand the commons as an essential battlefield for a more sustainable and just society. You can read here Laura Colini’s notes for the URBACT website.

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