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SCARCITY EXCHANGES: Dougald Hine and Andrew Simms on Economies of Scarcity

Event Date: 
Wed, 11/05/2011 - 19:30
Venue: 
Universtiy of Westminster, Marylebone Campus
Location: 
London, UK
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Scarcity Exchanges is a series of exchanges on and around the topic of scarcity, bringing together some of the leading thinkers in the field to expound on one of the most pressing, but often avoided, issues of the day. 

Dougald Hine is a public thinker and social activator. Co-Founder of the School of Everything and Space Makers Agency, Dougald is now involved in a series of extraordinary initiatives around the role of the public intellectual and new forms of Universities.

Andrew Simms is a Fellow of the New Economics Foundation, and one of Britain’s leading economists looking at issues of the environment and social justice. He co-founded onehundredmonths.org and the Green New Deal, and is a prolific writer and broadcaster.

This event is free but registration is required.

 

SCARCITY EXCHANGES: Ed van Hinte and Steve Broome on Scarcity and Consumption

Event Date: 
Wed, 25/05/2011 - 19:30
Venue: 
Universtiy of Westminster, Marylebone Campus
Location: 
London, UK
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Scarcity Exchanges is a series of exchanges on and around the topic of scarcity, bringing together some of the leading thinkers in the field to expound on one of the most pressing, but often avoided, issues of the day. 

Ed van Hinte is founder and chair of the pioneering Lightness Studios, a grouping of designers and thinkers who research and practice in the field of lightweight structures and products. He is author of numerous books including Lightness.

Steve Broome is Director of Research at the RSA, having previously worked on a London New Deal for Communities programme, where he led evaluation and strategy, community safety and community development programmes. He has led the RSA’s Connected Communities programme.

This event is free but registration is required.

SCARCITY EXCHANGES: Alfredo Brillembourg and David Satterthwaite on Cities of Scarcity

Event Date: 
Wed, 18/05/2011 - 19:30
Venue: 
Universtiy of Westminster, Marylebone Campus
Location: 
London, UK
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Scarcity Exchanges is a series of exchanges on and around the topic of scarcity, bringing together some of the leading thinkers in the field to expound on one of the most pressing, but often avoided, issues of the day. 

Alfredo Brillembourg is founder of the highly influential Urban-Think Tank (U-TT), co-editor of the widely-cited book Informal City: Caracas Case, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at ETH Zurich, and, together with Hubert Klumpner, recipient of the 2010 Ralph Erskine Award for innovation in architecture and urban design.

David Satterthwaite is a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IEED) and editor of Environment and Urbanization. He has been contributing to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on urban adaptation since 1998 and has written or edited various books on urban issues.

This event is free but registration is required.


SCARCITY EXCHANGES: Iain Boal and Lyla Mehta on Concepts of Scarcity

Event Date: 
Wed, 01/06/2011 - 19:30
Venue: 
Universtiy of Westminster, Marylebone Campus
Location: 
London, UK
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Scarcity Exchanges is a series of exchanges on and around the topic of scarcity, bringing together some of the leading thinkers in the field to expound on one of the most pressing, but often avoided, issues of the day.

Iain Boal is a social historian and co-founder of the Retort collective, an association of radical writers, artisans, and artists in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has taught at Harvard, Stanford, and the University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz. He is presently Research Fellow of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London.

Lyla Mehta is a sociologist at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, and editor of the recent publication The Limits to Scarcity. Her work is concerned with the politics of water scarcity and the linkages between gender, displacement, and resistance.

This event is free but registration is required.

SCARCITY EXCHANGES: Saskia Sassen on Fabricating Scarcities

Event Date: 
Mon, 13/06/2011 - 19:30
Venue: 
Universtiy of Westminster, Marylebone Campus
Location: 
London, UK
External Website Address: 

Scarcity Exchanges is a series of exchanges on and around the topic of scarcity, bringing together some of the leading thinkers in the field to expound on one of the most pressing, but often avoided, issues of the day.

Saskia Sassen the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Directs The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University. Her recent books are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton University Press 2008), A Sociology of Globalization (W. W. Norton 2007), and the 4th fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy (Sage 2011). The Global City came out in a new fully updated edition in 2001. Her books are translated into twenty-one languages. She is currently working on When Territory Exits Existing Frameworks (under contract with Harvard University Press). She contributes regularly to www.OpenDemocracy.net and www.HuffingtonPost.com

This event is free but registration is required.

SCIBE to host the Third European Urban Summer School! Apply now!

Event Date: 
Fri, 21/09/2012 - 11:00 to Sun, 30/09/2012 - 11:00
Venue: 
University of Westminster
Location: 
London
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TIMES OF SCARCITY: RECLAIMING THE POSSIBILITY OF MAKING
Globalisation, climate change, resource depletion and financial crises are the prevailing – and often crippling – conditions which shape our immediate professional and academic lives and longer-term futures. In our times of rapid change, young planners, architects and designers must develop and adopt new and more holistic approaches to planning and design in order to engage in a meaningful manner with an increasingly urban world and to propose creative interventions that go beyond the immediately physical.
The 3rd European Urban Summer School (EUSS), hosted by the University of Westminster, School of Architecture and the Built Environment in September 2012, aims to bring together postgraduate students, emerging and experienced academics and young and established design and planning professionals from all over Europe (and further away) to develop a better understanding of some of the most pressing contemporary issues related to the built environment and to amplify and strengthen the links between planning- and design-relevant research and professional practice.
Prospective participants can apply by submitting their response to the following task: Identify one instance of ‘scarcity’ in the context of the built environment and propose a physical or process-related solution. Issues and responses may be presented as text, drawings, photographs, videos or in any other desired form. The electronic application process will close on 31 May 2012. The selected participants will be notified by 30 June 2012. The participation fee of 200£, non-refundable and payable upon registration by 31 July 2012, will cover teaching and teaching materials.
For all details, please download the complete briefing document.

SCIBE Urban Design Research Workshop in Reykjavík

Event Date: 
Sat, 15/09/2012 - 10:00 to Mon, 24/09/2012 - 19:00
Location: 
Reykjavík, Iceland
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 The SCIBE team in Reykjavík is to kick off a workshop in cooperation with the planning department at the Agricultural University of Iceland and EMU (the European Postmaster of Urbanism) on 15 September 2012. A strong international team of students and three instructors from EMU, including Professor  Tjallingii from TUDelft and Paola Viganò from the Università IUaV of Venice will be participating with a strong ecological focus. The workshop starts with a day in Keldnaholt, Reykajvík where there will be an introduction to the challenges in the Reykjavík capital area. Icelandic experts on urban systems, water, food, transport, ecology, planning policies, geography, climate and economy will contribute with their knowledge and insights. The following day there will be visits to case study sites and visits to local agents of change, who have long experience experimenting with alternative practises on the edge of town. The 10 days long workshop will end with a final review and an exhibition in the Nordic House in Reykjavík on September 24th.

On 22 September 2012, SCIBE Reykjavík has invited several local researchers and practitioners to a day-long seminar. The objective is to add to our understanding of the forces that shape the urban environment of the Reykjavík Captial Area before and after the financial meltdown, in search for design strategies for a more resilient milieu. This will be a great opportunity for the scibe project to learn from what has been done in this field on site, and an opportunity for local capacities to present their findings to a broader audience. The seminar will be held at a cultural institution with an ambitious teaching and exhibition agenda, presently in progress at Austur-Meðalholt under the name Íslenski bærinn (the Traditional Icelandic Farmhouse). The seminar will be in English.

For details, click here.

 

WITHIN THE LIMITS OF SCARCITY: Rethinking Space, City and Practices

Event Date: 
Wed, 27/02/2013 - 10:00 to Fri, 01/03/2013 - 19:00
Venue: 
University of Westminster
Location: 
London, UK

PhD Conference - Call for Papers

Scarcity is often considered as a fundamental condition of human societies. On the one hand, the state of not having enough has been at the bottom of a variety of strategies and techniques to overcome it; on the other, it has served as an explanatory argument for social order, for distribution or for conflict.

Scarcity has accompanied the becoming of the urban condition. Repeatedly, (im-)material shortage has been at the core of the city’s struggles. More recently, global economic uncertainty, widespread urban inequality and pressing environmental questions in both North and South, are posing acute challenges to all involved in producing the built environment. Within this scenario, different actors, from architects and other built environment professionals to local authorities and community based organisations, will be increasingly pressured to deploy strategies to work within or against the limits of scarcity.

This conference seeks to investigate the processes through which scarcity is constructed in specific urban settings, shedding light on its setting, emergence and production in the built environment. Moreover, it seeks to understand how the challenges posed by this condition can shape alternative ways of investigating, conceptualising and theorizing city and space so as to inform innovative strategies and challenge the existing normative practices.

Papers could aim to answer one or more of the following questions:

  • What innovative ways of investigating and explaining the city can arise from looking through the lens of scarcity?
  • How can the examination of issues of scarcity in the built environment and the strategies emerging within its limits, can inform new ways of thinking and acting around cities and space?
  • What are the historic and current strategies deployed by the different actors involved in producing the built environment within the limits of scarcity? What lessons can be drawn from them?
  • What is the role built environment professions in responding to the challenges posed by current conditions of scarcity?

The conference aims to engage a selected group of PhD students in presentations and discussions as a peer-to-peer response, supplemented by keynote speakers and networking sessions.Submissions are encouraged from disciplines dealing with the built environment (such as Architecture, Planning, Geography, Development Studies and related disciplines) in various contexts and from different perspectives. It welcomes papers
theorizing or framing the issue of scarcity as well as papers based on case-studies or research by  art or design.

Selected papers will be published in the journal Places subject to peer review and editorial evaluation.

Abstracts: 500 words
Full paper: 5000 words

Please send your abstracts of a maximum of 500 words by 1st November 2012 to: scibephdconference@gmail.com

 

Keynote Speakers:
Pier Vittorio Aureli | Architectural Association | Berlage Institute
Camillo Boano | The Bartlett – DPU UCL
Ole Bouman | Nederlands Architectuurinstituut
Erik Swyngedouw | University of Manchester

Organizing Team:
Barbara Elisabeth Ascher
Isis Nunez Ferrera

 

Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment (SCIBE)

The aim of Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment (SCIBE) is to explore the relationship between scarcity and creativity in the context of the built environment by investigating how conditions of scarcity might affect the creativity of the different actors involved in the production of architecture and urban design, and how a design-led innovation of the process could improve the built environment in the future.

We understand scarcity as a condition defined by insufficiency of resources. Scarcity regulates action and behaviour, but not necessarily in a negative manner. We question the modern and Western understanding of the term ‘scarcity’ as the dialectic pair of ‘abundancy’, implying that scarcity must be hidden or vanquished to achieve abundancy. What happens if we accept scarcity as a given condition to work with rather than a something to escape from?

The research is based on the analysis of housing projects and their urban settings in four different European contexts (UK/London, Norway/Stavanger, Iceland/Reykjavik, Austria/Vienna), which together form the empirical ground for the study. Each case takes a particular view of scarcity, in order that we can investigate the various kinds of parameters that shape the construction of scarcity in different social, cultural, geographic, and temporal contexts. The aim of this project is to bring the limits within which built environment professionals operate to the fore,  and to examine when and whether scarcity overwhelms the operation of creativity by presenting a set of inescapable constraints, or whether those very limits stimulate creativity in different and potentially innovative ways.

It is our objective to investigate not just the association of creativity with the objects that make up the built environment (buildings and the spaces around them) but also to investigate the processes that go into the production, materiality and occupation of those objects. The project considers creativity in the context of scenario building and the design of innovative processes, and not simply in terms of the creation of innovative objects. In the case of the built environment the processes to which creativity might be applied include:

1. Economic, social, and cultural issues at stake in the production of the built environment.

2. Design processes, including the role of the client and user in design.

3. Building processes, including the procurement of design, materials and labour.

4. The occupation of, and adjustments to, the built environment.

5. The resource cycles (such as food, energy, waste, communication, transport) that are an integral part of the built environment and determine its sustainability.

Associated Partners: 

The RSA are embarking on an ambitious national project, Design and Society, which aims to deploy design intelligence in the service of society. The programme asks designers to demonstrate how the insights and processes of design can increase the resourcefulness of people and communities. The emphasis of this work is on the designer acting as a catalyst to release the creativity of non-designers.

The SEED Foundation is a social enterprise that explores and promotes new design approaches to meet the challenges of sustainability, with an emphasis on brokering the way that designers might work with communities to create more sustainable networks and places.

The Policy Studies Institute (PSI) is one of the UK’s leading centres for policy related research, focussing on research that promotes economic well-being and improves the quality of life. The SCIBE team will be working with their Environment Group, and in particular drawing on their expertise in the area of action-based research and sustainable communities.

Finally, we shall be using the expert input of Professor Tim Jackson (University of Surrey) to advise on the relation of the project to economic theory. Professor Jackson is lead economic advisor to the UK Sustainable Development Commission, and author of the influential report ‘Prosperity without Growth’.

SCIBE

Andreas Rumpfhuber

Title: 
Project Leader Vienna (since October 2011)
Institution: 
University of Technology, Vienna
Address: 
c/o Expanded Design, Grosse Neugasse 1/5, 1040 Vienna
Country: 
Austria
E-mail: 
mail@rumpfhuber.org
Telephone: 
+43 699 1952 7276
External Website Address: 

Andreas Rumpfhuber is an architect/researcher/theoretician based in Vienna, Austria. His practice engages with interiors and their social, programmatic, cultural, political and symbolic organization. 

Andreas holds a PhD from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schoool of Architecture in Copenhagen, where he as been PhD stipendiate at the Danish Center for Design Research from 2005-2008; he is associated with the researchers and artists collective roundtable.kein.org at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College in London. He has been lecturing and teaching at TU Vienna, TU Graz, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Goldsmiths College, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen; he curated a.o. Schindler Lecture series (2004-2007) at the Austrian Society of Architecture, the international PhD-Conference on “Politics of Designing” at The Danish Doctoral Schools of Architecture & Design. He is (un)regularly writing for the Vienna Street-Newspaper Augustin, as well as for various international architecture magazines and journals: a.o.: Springerin, Hefte für Gegenwartskunst, dérive, Zeitschrift für Stadtforschung, Mudot, Magazine for Urban Documentation-Opinion-Theory, UmBau, Arkitekten.

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