Hands on Urbanism

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CCE PRESENTS: CITYECOLOGY.NET
Hands-On Urbanism: How to Make a Difference
Alignments Between Architecture, Landscape, Planning, Art, Activism, and Civic Engagement  FREE!

January 9, 2104 – March 7, 2014

URBANSPACE GALLERY, GROUND FLOOR , 401 RICHMOND STREET WEST, TORONTO

“The right to the city is like a shout and a demand”, wrote Henri Lefebvre in the 1960s.

The exhibition “Hands-On Urbanism. How to Make A Difference” is devoted to a history of ideas of appropriating land in urban space and reveals potential for initiatives by citizens willing to take action in crisis situations. The presentation is based upon a critical history of ideas about the politics of space. Urban development from below leads to an informal and self-organized production of city, which, however never operates outside the system. Self-organization has always been both a reaction to and an incentive for urban planning.On the occasion of the exhibition, the symposium “Hands-On Urbanism. How to Make a Difference” brings together activists, architects, artists and landscape planners. In times of crises, austerity measures, and increasing spatial and social injustice, new alignments have to be forged. This different history of urban transformation and the city raises pressing questions about the responsibility of architects and planners and about how we use resources.

The symposium is conceived of as both an exchange of ideas and case studies and a collaborative working towards the production knowledge. A keynote lecture by Elke Krasny on Friday, 02.28.2014, will give a historiographic overview on Hands-On Urbanism since the mid-19th century. Practitioners, architects, curators and community organizers, will share their work from a practical standpoint and talk about challenges they are currently facing which require them to think outside the box and to enter into new, and at times unexpected, alignments and collaborations.

A symposium will take place on Saturday, 03.01.2014. Participants include Adrian Blackwell [Waterloo], Anan Lololi [Afri-can FoodBasket, Toronto], Lucia Babina [Milan & Ibiza] and the community of Brant, Brigitte Shim [Toronto], Arturo Ortiz Struck [Mexico City], Elke Krasny [Vienna], Mark Poddubiuk [Montreal], and Aziza Chaouni [Toronto]. The first discussion will be dedicated to the issues of “The Right to Green”, the second discussion will focus on “Hands-On Strategies”.

Curator: Elke Krasny
Exhibition graphic design: Alexander Schuh

SAVE THE DATE:
HANDS-ON URBANISM SYMPOSIUM
CITYECOLOGY.NET
Friday, February 28
Keynote Lecture by Elke Krasny, 6:00-8:00pmat Urbanspace Gallery
Saturday, March 1
Symposium with Guest Speakers, 10:00-4:00pm at John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto

Centre for City Ecology
119-401 Richmond Street West
Toronto, ON, M5V 3A8
info@cityecology.net
416-583-5763

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