Radical Shift | Incremental Change, Stockholm 2013.

How can Educational Collaborations and Local Practice Contribute to the Urban Transformation?


Time: 16.30-19.30, Wednesday November 6th
Place:Royal Institue of Art, House 28,

Flaggmansvägen 1, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm.

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Language: English

Resources.Lab/ Royal Institute of Art invites you to a seminar and book launch on urban transformations from the ground, with speakers from Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town and Stockholm.

How is change taking place with in the global cities? As the global city today is driven by market forces rather than by ideas of planning as it has been taught in an European »tradition«, the essence of what we call citieness  – socio-economic diversity and a diversity of typologies, spaces and activities – is lost. Many urban theoreticians today are therefore pointing towards the so called informal or the auto-constructed settlements , as environments producing real alternatives and new thinking for the urban. Although created as small-scaled, local and incremental processes, these interventions have possible far reaching effects on the urban development and the society as a whole.

What tools and methods are produced within the realm of the self-organized city? What role do infrastructural and educational resources play in the creation of the empowered citizen? How can new educational programs and collaborations meet with local practices and give real offers to the urban transformations? What impact do the initiatives from the ground have on the urban agenda?

Resources at Royal Institute of Art, has since a number
of years been focusing on the city and what it possibly could
become in a time of constrained resources. As the global city
today is driven by market forces rather than by traditional ideas
of planning, basic urban concepts such as socio-economic
diversity and a mix of typologies, spaces and activities, are lost.
Many urban theoreticians today are therefore pointing towards
the so called auto-constructed settlements, as environments
producing new urban agendas and alternatives to the formulation
of citizen’s rights to the city.

16.30–16.40 Introduction. Henrietta Palmer, professor of
architecture, Resources/Royal Institute of Art.
16.45–17.15 Commons in Cape Town. Book launch and
presentation of the collaboration Commons in
Cape Town, by Johanna Jarméus, landscape
architect and Nadine Aschenbach, architect,
participants in Resources.Lab.
17.15–17.45 Presentation by Aditya Kumar, architect, CORC
and Melanie Manuel, community leader
Manneberg/Cape Town.
Short break
18.00–18.45 Presentation by Jailson de Souza da Silva,
professor of geography, Observatório de Favelas/
Rio de Janeiro.
18.45–19.30 Panel discussion with speakers, moderated by
Henrietta Palmer
19.30– Mingle
Refreshments will be served during the seminar.


Keynote speakers are:

Jailson de Souza e Silva, professor of geography, social activists and founder of Observatóry de Favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Aditya Kumar, architect from The Community Organization Resource Center (CORC) in Cape Town, an organization affiliated to The Shack/Slum Dwellers International organization (SDI).

Melanie Manuel, Community Leader Mannenberg, Cape Town and coordinator for Western Cape backyarders Network and Informal Settlement Network that fosters solidarity between the Urban poor.

Resources.Lab is an international forum for knowledge production about future urban environments, at Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden. Resources.Lab utilizes design-based
research methods to explore the potentials of urban environments in an unpredictable world of increasing social division and suneven distribution of resources.

Very welcome!

For Resources.Lab
Henrietta Palmer and Katarina Nitsch

For contact: Anna Wignell, Department secretary/ Mejan Arc
Phone: 070 783 63 85

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This seminar is partly founded by Swedish Research Council.