Brave New Alps

On Idea mag

We contributed to the current issue of Idea magazine with a small text and a few images around the commons & commoning. Thanks Madoka Nishi :)

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The Soil Guide #1

The first phase of COMUNfARE proceeds well. Just finished printing the first issue of the Soil Guide, a guide to the commons and commoners of the Vallagarina district. Its contents are generated together with those who contribute to the roundtable discussions we’ve been organising in Fabio’s home town Nomi since last July. Follow the updates on the project (in Italian) here: https://www.facebook.com/comunfare

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Reading group: Take Back The Economy

We are starting a reading group around the book Take back the economy – an ethical guide to transforming our communities by J.K. Gibson-Graham, Stephen Healy and Jenny Cameron.

We will use the book to stimulate discussions about our socially and politically engaged design practices and the various economies that accompany them. This means that although it will be important to read the texts, it is even more important to draw on our own knowledge that we gained through practice.

The reading group will take place once a month and last for about 1.5hrs. Physically it will be based in Leeds and Nomi, but we will also always have a skype connection for people in other places to join.

The first session will be on Tuesday, 27 October 2015 at 17:00 (UK time). Please read the introduction for this first session, so we can decide together what direction to take and what makes us most curious.

The book is made up of an intro, 6 chapters and a conclusion, so if we meet once a month, this will keep us going for eight months and hopefully contribute to transform some of our economies!

If you want to join the reading group, please drop us a line: bravenewalps (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Backsides

Here our contribution to Backsides, a project by Simon Rogers, together with Kia Tasbighou, Erik Brandt, Other Means, Bastion, Jon Bland, Paul Bailey, The Rodina, Alistair Hall, Dante Carlos, Sarah Boris, Corbin Mahieu and Cyanne van den Houten.

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At Making Futures, Plymouth, 24-25 September

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We’ll soon present COMUNfARE at the Making Futures conference at Plymouth College of Art. The session in which we’ll talk about the research is titled “Place-Making-Space: a workshop of tools and methods for ‘crafting communities’ and ‘making places’ in the post-global / post-localism era” — promising!

New link: writings

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We just added a new link in the right-hand column, leading to our profile on Academia.edu, where we collect all of BNA’s published texts: Writings

Architecture and Resilience on a Human Scale conference

We’ll be soon presenting a paper titled “Montagna Viva, The Living Mountain: Conversing with an experiment in making (the local) in common” about the local initiative around the commons Montagna Viva at the Architecture and Resilience on a Human Scale conference at SSoA.

Download the paper here.

Modes of Criticism – now on-line

The text on the context out of which Precarity Pilot grew is now on-line: Precarity Pilot: Making Space for Socially- and Politically-Engaged Design Practice.

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Workshop at Travelogue Summer School

Sorry for posting this so late. Last Monday we ran a workshop at Travelogue Summer School in Porto (PT) for a stunningly diverse group of 24 designers. A beautiful day hunting for temporary and permanent urban commons and reflecting about practices of commoning in the contemporary austerity- and gentrification-ridden city.

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#saveRURBAN

We invite you all (and your friends too) to sign this petition to save R-Urban in Colombes (Paris).

This amazing long-term project for trans-local resilience and the urban commons is threatened with eviction by the newly-elected right-wing municipal council. The plan is to build a car park where now Agrocité is located and to get rid of all other components of the project by coming September.

It is of vital importance that R-Urban stays alive, as it is only through ‘facts on the ground’ like this that we designers/architects who are pushing for other ways of doing design can keep being inspired and confidently long for alternatives evading the homogenising forces of capital.

Please spread this widely. #saveRURBAN

COMUNfARE – Circolo del Suolo

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We are about to start a new adventure, this time in Italy: Circolo del Suolo is the first initiative as part of our research COMUNfARE – towards a school for popular design and making in common.

We are getting started on July 14. If you happen to be in Italy this summer, please come and visits us!

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via Romani 14
38060 Nomi (TN)

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PhD by Design – Researching across difference

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We are very excited to announce the next PhD By Design conference, ‘Researching across difference’, being held in the Department of Design at Goldsmiths on the 5th and 6th of November 2015. The conference is an opportunity to present work and discuss the diverse aspects of what it means to do a practice-based PhD in Design.

In collaboration with Maria Portugal and Alison Thomson.

Feminist practices, tactics and strategies in art and design education

At the 10th biennial international conference of the Gender and Education Association, we run a workshop exploring how to deal sexism and other kinds of discriminations/oppressions within art and design education. Hoping to move something and to produce content for the Precarity Pilot website.

Feminism, Power and Pegagogy GEA conference
25 June 2015 – 9-11am
Richmond Room
University of Roehampton
London

In collaboration with Sam Broadhead, Sheila Gaffney, Debra Roberts and Kai Syng Tan from Leeds College of Art.

PhD by Design – Making knowledge travel

This is the instant journal we produced during the PhD by Design study and workshop day at Leeds College of Art on May 14 2015.

In collaboration with Maria Portugal and Alison Thomson.

Interview about Precarity Pilot on Akademie Schloss Solitude Blog

A few weeks ago, Clara Hermann from Akademie Schloss Solitude interviewed us about Precarity Pilot. Check it here.

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Precarity Pilot at Akademie Schloss Solitude

Precarity Pilot is currently exhibited at Akatemie Schloss Solitude and will stay on show until the 5th July.

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Precarity Pilot – Ljubljana

On Friday, 29 May – in collaboration with Gaja Mežnaric Osole – we are running an all-day Precarity Pilot workshop at Poligon in Ljubljana.

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The day before, we are contributing to a roundtable discussion on the future of jobs in Europe.

Blogging on Il Fatto Quotidiano

Since May 2015, we are contributing to the Italian on-line newsportal Il Fatto Quotidiano with monthly blog posts in which we reflect on the role and the context of contemporary designers.
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Making other worlds possible – disruptive innovators

This is the presentation with which we contributed to the Making Other Worlds Possible sessions that focused on disruptive innovators during the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Chicago, in April 2015.

Precarity Pilot: exceedig precarising models of design practice from Brave New Alps

The sessions were organised by Stephen Healy and Katherine Gibson from the Community Economies Research Network.

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