TEST UNIT 2019 - Material Flows
Art, Design & Architecture Summer School
Application Deadline: 10 am Friday 17 May
About the project:
Test Unit is an art, design and architecture summer school and events programme. Over an intensive week, we create a hands-on learning environment to explore a theme and engage with ideas, materials, people and place.
We provide the space, materials and tools for people to realise tangible projects and test ideas in public space. By bringing together people from various disciplines and skill levels we aim to create an open forum for critical dialogue and peer-to-peer learning. The project is based in Civic House and adjacent sites – we use these as studios, workshops and build spaces. We also programme a public-facing events and talks programme that brings different voices to the discussion and connects with wider audiences in the city and beyond.
2019 theme - Material Flows:
Cities are made up of overlapping material flows. At a time of rapid urbanisation, these flows are getting ever faster, denser and more complex. The construction industry accounts for 38% of total global emissions. Waste, water and air-borne pollution exacerbate existing spatial and social injustices and store up environmental problems for generations to come. In this context, it is increasingly urgent that we radically reassess how we relate to the material world: how we extract, process, distribute and dispose. Through discussion, collaborative research, design and construction, this year’s Test Unit invites contributors to consider our relationship with materials, along with the ecological, industrial and technological systems that bring them into being.
Faciliators and contributors include: Assemble, Rectangle Studio, Toby Paterson & Raydale Dower, A Feral Studio, Theatrum Mundi(research partner) and Richard Sennett.
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