We welcome specialists and researchers in the fields of architecture, urban planning, design, politics, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, economics and law, whose activity is focused on the city, and bottom-up activists, to take part in 3-day workshop “Political Equator: Ukraine” by one of the greatest US urbanists Teddy Cruz and his colleague, political theorist and researcher, Fonna Forman. The workshop will be taking place in Kyiv on October 4-6, 2015.
“Political Equator: Ukraine” is the continuation of the Political Equator research, in which the curators are working within UCSD Blum Cross-Border Initiative. The Tijuana [Mexico] / San Diego [USA] border region in particular, but also in other zones of political and urban conflicts at the edge of internal and external borders around the globe.
The theme of the workshop is topical for Ukraine in particular because of the hybrid war in Eastern Ukraine, which determines the character of public life not only in cities and settlements directly affected by the war, but also in the whole country. Moreover, that is an addition to typical post-soviet conflictual urban environment. The Workshop “Political Equator: Ukraine” aims at identifying local urban conflicts and rethinking tools and strategies of urban interventions in the region.
The workshop includes several lectures, readings, discussions about key issues of urbanism and projects of Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman. These discussions will make experts and participants of the workshop analyze local urban and historical processes in Ukraine, as well as bottom-up social and political activism.
The curators will introduce the theory and practice of conflict diagrams. Using this tools, concepts and critical interpretations of students’ own localities will be created. These diagrams can be helpful to model political and socio-economic processes as prerequisites for architectural, urban or artistic practices.
Participation fee is 500 UAH/ 25 USD. Students will work in multidisciplinary teams of 3-4 students in each. A good knowledge of English is required. If you want to become a participant of the workshop, please send us your CV and fill in application form .
Please send CV on till SEPTEMBER 23, 2015.
“Political Equator: Ukraine”
Teddy Cruz & Fonna Forman / USA / University of California
October 4 - 6