CSI.SP Info lecture - CSI Team (11 Dec 2008)


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Introduction of the initiative and the team. See what we did last year during the CSI.NY and everything about this year's workshop in São Paulo: the concept, the program, the expectations and what we want from you...

By the CSI Team: Anthony Fuchs, Jaap Klaarenbeek, Jasper Moelker

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CSI.SP Info lecture - CSI Team (11 Dec 2008)

  1. 1. Workshop facts . .<* . . L} Y’, .._v ) _i u ‘A T l"”’ " i’ _O ‘ . - 11th ofDecemberat in ROOITI T Aiin Oftlie workshop IS to sensitize . . Wm. ,pam fo, the wmp, EX, m of ‘ '_, " Bouwkunde, Jullanalaan 134;! st floor East wing urbanization processes in the 2 is! century ' ‘K5 ' , .v*;4 i. fmusiiig on the inlormal production oldties. F°' more info "nation ‘ml enl'°lme, _f. “ VI“: l"“"/ K‘ Die bnckbaneofrhe City Spare investigations is its , . ‘ '- workrng methodology based on participatory 1'7 ( “ ~ ’ approathes, interdisciplinarity, lam! input, and I _ ‘(,4 ‘rib incorporation oflCTfOr coimmiriicatiori and alternative 2 representations. We will work in close (oopemtion with local I ) academia and government, £17£hII€’CIS and developers, N605/N grassroots and to frriiiie the larger picture. Several ex(r/ rsiOns- orisite visits, and exrhange meetings with losalrepresenta tives enable to relate this IOp1‘lDWIl infoiintitrori to bottom: up QXDPIIEIILES. _, :l What can we and future designers, artists, engineers, ,. -’ tethiiioriiis contribute to .51 better living 9 enviroiimerit farurbari poor? I , I J » x. / r’ . _._«-. ; l6IUD St udeiits. (open to all levels. all faculties) ‘l2 Dutch Design Professionals. 12 Brazilian Students Series of lecture blocks ll'l February and March , ... i.. ... Two weeks onsite Worksliop scheduled ll’! April Local-zxcliange in/ lthexpertsandsuidents . - , ';: -_; -__l .3 5 16 TUD Students 12 Dutch Design Professionals _'f, ’-. __fi, . , 12 Brazilian Students " . . Exlilbltlon in SE0 Paulo in April I Exhibition in the Netherlands in June ‘1TUDe| ft Dzirt un rsizy uITe: hriulugy
  2. 2. City Space Investigations - Who we are — Concept of Parallel Worlds — CS| _NY - CS| _SP — What we want from you City Space Investigations 2009: Sao Paulo - lnfomeeting 111208 active 4 cc c IDs
  3. 3. Who we are Jasper Moelker Studies: Teaching: TO&I (Technisch Ontwerp & lnformatica) Work: Spacelab research laboratory & Urban Body Company: Active IDs Jaap Klaarenbeek Studies: Urbanism & Architecture TU Delft. Work: Delft School of Design Company: CCUC Anthony Fuchs Studies: Urbanism & Architecture TU Delft. History Leiden Teaching: Work: Company: Part—timeTeaching in 2008-09 Spacelab research laboratory & Urban Body CCUC active IDS Architecture & Building Technology TU Delft. ¥U Delft Dellt UfIIVelSll‘/ or technology City Space Investigations 2009: Sao Paulo - lnfomeeting 111208
  4. 4. Concept of CSI, UD City Space Investigations - Main Objective: Maximising Workshop Experience - Content: Sustainable urbanisation Informal Learning — Three Ingredients: Participatory approaches Transdisciplinarity ICT-based frameworks CS| .NY zoos City Space Investigations 2009: Sao Paulo - lnfomeeting 111208 [5 '-Efarticipatory. Trans- Approaches _-_'_‘; disciplinarity CSl. BK 2010 ‘k S at ulna ~, _-. ,---: ‘-I-"___u’ Incremental Logic '. ICT : active »
  5. 5. Concept of CSI, UD Parallel Worlds Program - Workshop agenda ofthe CSI projects. — Ultimate goal is to establish a platform of exchange — Initial step: City Space Investigations 2008-2012 Agenda of the Parallel Worlds Program: - Unfolding the complexity of the 21 st century urban environ- ments - Learning from Megacities, their problems, potentials and ap- proaches of instances of power. - Participatory approaches with a high degree of freedom in approach of topic, methodology and outcome - Interdisciplinary frameworks based on local onsite experiences - Cooperation with different local actors, to come to a valuable output that opens new perspectives for local issues. - Experimentation with different forms of media and their com- bination to test new ways of representation GCHVG IDS If TUJJDe| ft Delft Umvarslky of Technology fimestfl City Space Investigations 2009: Sao Paulo — lnfomeeting 111208 Context: 0 The world of the 21 st century is urban, the one in the 22nd will be experienced and shaped in megacities - Currently one billion people live in slums, prognoses show an increase up to 2b| n by 2030 I Expanding neoliberalism and market failures deepen the contrast of rich and poor and limit the impact of single-sided actions 0 Instances of powers will need to seek for new answers (the success of hard and strong planning tools is highly doubtful) - The increasing specialization of the service sector renders inter— and trans—discip| inary communication very difficult as common grounds are missing. 0 Advances in IT unlock new potentials to seize issues of great complexity.
  6. 6. City Space Investigations New York City - April 2008 -Two weeks on-site workshop - Formal vs Informal production of the city - 12 Students - Participatory Approaches - Website, small booklet info-booklet for the participants Ccteéc IDs City Space Investigations 2009: Sao Paulo — lnfomeeting 111208 , .-. ._ o - , - ‘~ "Participatory’~. ." Trans- '$ 0. Abproaches 4-__; . disciplrnarity s. .. "4 “ ’- A‘ I”. - . :,___. ¢_‘_; .-- '-. ICT , -'
  7. 7. r: ii'i-in-iii. ‘I t‘iwi"'lo)i{ui Tlvhfimi(: :Iaivi: +1ilgFtlt-in» <9IIf-lll‘vlIll'lIlllI'I~‘ r ‘mu Introduction Welcome everyone to the ' ' ” . virtual exhibition of the CSI NY ; . workshop. Due to the tragic -i 0‘ event of the 13th of May 2008 ' ’ W ' the initial display of our results, .. , 1 . that was scheduled two weeks _ . Parallel woflds w°'k5h°P ‘ - after thefirein ourfaculty, could , 1 Tmfi_'¢at”$aulmmgugah"‘(¢sn‘wm“h~ Q “F K‘ obviously not take place in the - . huzaimpiaiieineu beginning pfniriitzoaeiy. E-' ‘ ' Aiiei the phase of ‘ 5” °l*U ’fN“’Y°"l'- l'Vl‘5‘l""5"“ W”""“”‘u" . , shock the group decided to “'9'”-‘l‘°? “"“"“ "W h"""“| "“7’ “WW ' pursue the ambition to make WM-lddl-$fl7WM‘5|¢Vd3“0"-fWV4fl1' F1 their work accessible toa larger and its mntzvtnuzadontwurtinnqanae. ‘me __ , H)» audience. studaiu iiuvelungti/ mar: mmniiumfrwiom 6 ‘F2? 4 We are proud to invite you to ', “‘Lbt¢q, ¢w¢i¢q_-M1,, -,, ,,~y¢ig, .‘, d; 5lyjwg‘, f' ‘ tour our virtual exhibition that Mvfliemm “M “U; ,f, w,“w_U, t;M_ follows the exact layout of the Partioulaynupliacls has beewgla/ onto develop own‘ -1 — ""‘ l: llf? :'h(a' hg; 'e'bTJl: ?"ka5 lgwlgl‘ unwmg uwfiqm and ‘MW ulurmrm I dimensional model we were ”l""“"mfl”"5 "huh “mm 1"“ "‘"i‘°U able to embed our exh tion ‘7f? '°J5°‘5 Eh“ “'5” "-3 “l"“"5‘ "5 “ft? W‘ hm“ into our former faculty building organizers ohnutnglmg. vi». i.i«-I: i.i. i-. i-iii. im -« lickh e _ both as 3 mbme (0 the Amhony Fuchs ‘ students efforts and in special memory of our vanished buil- Jaap Klaarenbeek ding‘ i ating Students . . W .5 wig. ‘IIIIIIH 2. iit. it: ii-hi ozimaiiimiu 0 i’-. ii m! -_ lw 7&5 Delft Delft university urteziiriuiugv Parallel Worlds Program The Parallel Worlds Program is the workshop agenda of the CSI project. The CSI project primary aim is to let skilled and motivated students get . acquainted with changing modes of urban life and urbanity in divergent world cities. Major impor- tance is giving to method and working tools to Within yearly organized workshops held in the megacities of our world, new concepts. methods and tools are sought for to better our understan- ding of ongoing urbanization process in the 21st century and its implications on daily life patterns. Based on an incremental ideology the scope of each year's event will grow in scope and framework towards integral cooperation of academia, politics and different professions. The first edition CSLNY has been taken place in New York City in April 2008 while the next edition of CSI will take place in 550 Paulo in April 2009. The third edition CSLL is scheduled for 2010 In Lagos. Send an email to C5li! !>Ufba| 'ClEIECll/ ES com to receive further information. l _ ‘j - _ i 5 I Agenda of the Parallel Worlds Prdglrnliwz ' — Unfolding the complexity‘ of the 21st C! -‘filllfy urban environments 3 ' . . — Learning from Mega uties, their problems. poten- iial and approaches of instances. 01 power Supporters Re
  8. 8. CSLNV: Vlrtual Expo active am m IDS
  9. 9. City Space Investigations S50 Paulo Facts: )1 2 Three-fold Workshop: ‘, / - Preparation: Feb - March xx N Onsite: April 5th-19th Postproduction: April eaj Participatory Approaches Transdisciplinarity U] ICT-based Frameworks Focus on a specific area Q Aim to develop ideas out of someones profession adressing the issue of sustainable urbanization 40 particpants (16TUD, 12-16 Professionals, 12 Brazilians) City Space Investigations 2009: Sao Paulo - lnfomeeting 111208 Organizers Anthony Fuchs (CCUC) Jaap Klaarenbeek (CCUC) Jasper Moelker (Active IDs) Participants 16 students from Delft University (Urbanism, architecture, indus- trial design. We invite students from related fields as ethnology, anthropology to apply for participation). 16 professionals from The Netherlands, but also from abroad are welcome tojoin. {Q3 Delft 12 Brazilian University students (students from the University of Sao Paulo, Makenzie and PUC are invited for participation)
  10. 10. an an Context Sao Paulo is the third biggest metropolis in the World and the financial capital of the Southern hemisphere. Due to an unparalleled process of urban growth Sin Paulo has grown from a small city of barely 60.000 inhabitants around 1890, into the 20 million megacity of today. the largest in the Southern hemisphere. Driving forces behind population increase and urban expansion were several waves of economic prosperity. This growth has not benefited all to same extend. While con- siderable flows of global trade pass through the ‘capital of coffee’ the wealth did not trigger down to the majority of the population. Brazil ranks among the most unequal countries in the world and specifically Sio Paulo is reputed for the harsh reality of spatial asymmetries between rich and poor. The city has become a field of violent contestation between extreme wealth and extreme poverty, between luxury and subsistence, idyll and inferno, excess and need. Nowadays a fourth of the city's total population live in slums, called cortlcos (degraded rental housing units) and favelas. Latter emerged in Sao Paulo in the 19505 but only gained momentum in the 1970s and the following '| ost decade’ as "fruit of public and private incapacity to respond to housing demands. " Burgeon- ing informality throughout the city forced local government to start reacting on deploring conditions. Slum clearances with partial and insufficient replacement by social housing has been common among first responses. The long lasting practice of slum eviction resulted in an increasing isolation of formal parts of the city -and the segregated of S50 Paulo today. Only the latest generation of interventions (since the 90's) have been attempts to provide basic service, followed by the imple- mentation of public services. By and large, formal strategies remain seeing slums as essentially different parts of the city. Vet, once being made of cardboard and scrap materials, parts of today's slums have become multi-storey brick construc- tions often in conditions not much different to formally provided houses. active IDS ‘glfl Delft City Spacelnvestigations 2009: Sac Paulo - lnfomeeting 111208 Sao Paulo Third biggest metropolis in the World, 20 million inhabitants Brazil is one of the most unequal countries 25% Informal settlements 700 favelas 50% Informal Economy Delft university Dl Teetiriuiugy
  11. 11. cci Context Informal activities, like self-help housing, are all but marginal, favelas span form the size of a couple of families to 10-15.000 families and amount to hundred different clusters throughout the city, moreover 50% of all workforce in Sao Paulo are employed in the informal sector. informality has clearly become omnipresent in urban spaces and the ‘informal city’ clearly surpasses the areas of favelas. Borders between formal and infor- mal blurred over the last decades: enterprises produce different products in different spheres and thus legal context while people themselves increasingly switch back and forth from formal to informal circles over the course of a single day. As ambiguous these practices so complex their seizure. Great disparities between official records and realities on the ground reveal a deep rooted problem of developing countries. Governmental information represents urban reality in a very insufficient or even sometimes inaccurate way but form the basis for larger interventions and policies. This is the paradox of fast growing megacities in the developing world: Although the amplitude of informality requires governments to implement this reality in a concise manner, their complexity often surpasses the capacities of local administrations to mere record them. Further complication is our knowldege of informality and its underlying processes is far from complete and fragmented in several separate discourses. These shortcomings in knowledge and information help explaining past and current failures of formal instances of powers to seize informal practices, characterized by utopian goals, ill-informed concepts, top-down structures and lack of integral approaches. To avoid unsatisfactory results in the future, importance has to be given to the local. In this vein situates the City Space Investigations, providing participants with intensive on-site experiences out of which it is hoped new creative concepts will be developed. Workshop aim The aim of the workshop is to sensitize participants for the complexities of urbanization processes in the 21 st century focusing on the informal production of cities. Departing from the local, participants are challenged to investigate the processes that are behind the materialization of informality, If understood in their creative energies informality can be framed in a lot of different ways for formal purposes: (Product) designs that better the current lives of slum dwellers, construction enabling informal practices, urban designs accommodating coexistence of both worlds, larger strategies making use of informal practices, and many more. active LC IDs ¥lD Delft Delft university of Technology City Space Investigations 2009: Sao Paulo — lnfomeeting 111208 S50 Paulo Third biggest metropolis in the World, 20 million inhabitants Brazil is one of the most unequal countries 25% Informal settlements 700 favelas 50% Informal Economy Workshop Aim Sensitize for complexities of urbanization processes in the 21 st Century. Deepen our understanding of informal production circles Develop ideas how to use informality in a creative way
  12. 12. cow: Phasing In December a call for participation will be send out resulting into 16 par- ticipating TU Delft students (open to all faculties) and 12 professionals (open to all fie| ds). The selection process will focus on motivation, qualifica- tion, background, societal concern and the capacity to think spatially, as urban space will form the communicative interface ofthe on-site workshop. The preparation phase starts in Delft with information meetings and a pre- paratory lecture series (February and March 2009) covering crucial topics about location and framework knowledge (SP urban history, informality, ICT, Portuguese crashcourse). This phase is mandatory for students and voluntary for professionals who can access all material including recorded lectures via our website to keep track of the developments. During the on-site workshop phase which takes place in the first two weeks ofApri| both parties will come together and workjointly on a given location enforced by a group of local students. The organizers predefined an urban strip that perfectly illustrates the com- plex urban configuration of Sao Paulo — from the most ‘formal’ CBD to inner-city slums and favelas. The strip defining our working area stretches from Pari until M’boi Mirim (see poster announcement). All further investigations, on-site visits and exchange will focus on the pro]- ect area, while lectures from governmental officials, professionals, develop- ers, NGOs will provide the outer perspective and additional information. The idea is that sub-groups will translate ideas and concepts into visions, strategies, typologies, projects or even designs. The results will be displayed in Sao Paulo and Delft in the form of exhibi- tions linked to an officiai opening with invited guests and debates to stimu- late discussions about the work and larger initiative. Back in the Nether- lands the participants are required to hand in all material (post-produced- ready) to file a small publication that will be handed to all people and insti- tutions involved. active IDs Tgflfl Delft Dellt university or Technology . , , —-— s. .. . —. ..s. s. . ... ..- - : _ $71‘, City Space lnvestigations 2009: Sao Paulo - lnfomeeting 111208 Time Line Enrolment until January Preparation Phase in February and March Onsite Workshop in April Exhibition in SE0 Paulo and the Netherlands (April and May)
  13. 13. C6890 Preparation Phase The preparatory lectures and workshops will revolve around two main themes: contextual background information and use of alternative media and ICT. We intend to invite several professionals and researchers to share their knowledge and experiences. Obligatiryz Lecture Blocks every week in February and March Voluntary: Crash Course in Portugese On-Site Phase The on-site workshop involves fieldtrips, small media workshops (this time focusing on application of devices). Due to the size of the group some parts will be group-wise, whereas during some blocks sub-groups will be visiting different locations. Experiences will be shared afterwards during short pre- sentations. The on-site lectures will be organized at the University of S50 Paulo and Mackenzie University in several different blocks: Emeritus Prof. Nestor Goulart Reis: Sao Paulo's history of planning vs. self-organization lEMPLASA, FAU-USP) Prof. Joao Sette Ferreira Whitaker: Informal growth (FAU-USP, LabHa bl Prof. Nabil Bonduki: IFAU-USP, P| anHab) Priscilla Masson: (EMPLASA, Department of Information) Alexandre Del ijaicov: (Archited. FAU-USP) Gilson Rodrigues: (President School of the People) Social Housing Mapping Séo Paulo; trends CEU's: Designing SP's community centers Self-organization in Paraisopolis Renato Cymbalistaz Informal Practices (Cenrro da Metropole) Gustavo de Melloz Videography (Independent Filmmaker) active TEU Delft IDs Delft | .'nIVefSll‘/ ofTechnuluQY City Space Investigations 2009: Sao Paulo - lnfomeeting 111208 Time Line Enrolment until January Preparation Phase in February and March Onsite Workshop in April Exhibition in Sao Paulo and the Netherlands (April and May)
  14. 14. coo: Methodology The backbone of the City Space Investigations is its working methodology based on participatory approaches, interdisciplinarity, local input, and incorporation of ICT. Participation We believe workshops using equal participation rights for all of its contributors gain another level of creativity and diversity that outnumbers the additional administrative efforts by far. The participatory approach is the clearest during the on-site phase but generally desired throughout the whole CSI project. We encourage every participant to come up with ideas for frame, content and method at any time. lnterdisciplinarity Increased specialization in the last century has lead to a fragmentation of knowledge that considerably hinders approaches towards complex issues owing to more than one discipline. Taking the idea of Levi-Strauss to perceive the city as the most complex human construct one step further, only inter— and transdisciplinary approaches will hold the key to successfully address the problems of 21 st century urbanization. One goal of the City Space Investigations in particular is to bring scholars, professionals, artists and politicians as well laics of very different backgrounds together to exchange knowledge and discuss problems, concepts and ideas. Locality The history of urban planning is a tale of top-down imposition. As a critic to past but also still established planning practices a major emphasis is giving to the experience of place: only by informing the general vision with information (soft and hard) of local particularities embedded in a feedback loop, resource sensitive and socio-cultural sustainable interventions can be formu- lated. Therefore a lot efforts are spend to maximize on-site experience during the workshop phase: locality will be experienced during several fieldtrips and excursions. ICT The combination of modern ICT with proved media tools and techniques has opened new possi- bilities for registration and representation of complex dynamics of urban life. Experimentation paired with up-to~date techniques and refreshing approaches towards mapping form an integral part of the on-site workshop. A web-frame has been developed as an interface for com- munication & representation and as overarching organizational structure for very different minds involved. active IDs TEED Delft Delft university of Technology City Space Investigations 2009: Sao Paulo - lnfomeeting 111208 Work Flow Any time feedback is welcome to adapt the setup Strong focus is on forming interdisciplinary groups Importance of on-site experiences and local exchange Development of own mapping and representation techniques encouraged GPS tracker and Webframe as time-saver tools
  15. 15. CC‘: IIIC Output & Finances The ultimate output of the City Space Investigation Workshop series is stimulating discussions among different disciplines. Special attention is given to an adequate exposure offinal results. Exhibition will be held at the University of Sao Paulo and the TU Delft. Both events will be inaugurated by a public event. On the last day ofthe on-site workshop all participants and contributors will gather to present and discus the output and share their experience of the two weeks. Invitations will be sent to several architects, municipality institu- tions and academics tojoin the opening or visit the exhibition taking place the following week. Workshop results will be also exhibited at the TU Delft in the end of May. The longer preparation phase allow a better incorporation of the strong ICT focus culminating into a multimedia exhibition, Parallel to this a virtual exhibition will feature all workshop stages in a concise form (lectures, videos, discussions, reflection) and be accessible via the site: www. urbandetectives. com To maximise exposure articles will be submitted for several magazines (publication confirmed already in B—Nieuws, Atlantis, Pantheon, RuMoer) and the Architectural Annual 08/09. Finally a small publication will be distributed to all participants, contribu- tors and supporters to both express our gratitude and to give a physical memory of the CSLSR The prerequisite is qualitative high workshop prod- ucts and sufficient secured financial support. active IDs ‘TEES Delft Delft University of Technology City Space Investigations 2009: Sao Paulo — lnfomeeting H1208 Practicalities Exhibitions and Public Openings organized in Sao Paulo and the netherlands Minimal Postproduction due to the workflow Publication of results Submission to several magazines and journals Finances : Extensive external funding Estimated personal costs per student: 750E
  16. 16. flslsfiu Pillllll What we want from you This call for participants is open to all students of the TU Delft: Architects, («L engineers, industrial designers and many more are invited to explore possi- bilities how the knowledge of their profession could contribute to a better i ’ V‘ living environment in a city, that is marked by the harsh contrast of rich and “ H poon Ifyou are an open-minded person, interested in societal issues linked to our 4% changing world and believe in the power of individuals to make a differ— LI] ence then you should join the CS| .SP 2009. Participation is open for 16TU Delft students. $ Enrolment phase in December and January Selection process on the basis ofchronological application and motivation. Motivation file latest send 10th oflanuary Mention also qualification, such as academic and/ or professional back- ground, fascination, additional skills (photography, videotaping or process- ing, many other artistic skins). City Space Investigations 2009: Sao Paulo — lnfomeeting 111208 To keep updated sign-up for our email list below. For further inquiries please send an email to info@urbandetectives. com and/ or visit our website at www. urbandetectives. com. Thank you for your attention With warm regards, The CSI team Anthony Fuchs, Msc. Jaap Klaarenbeek, Msc. Jasper Moelker active ccoc IDs