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The first meeting of Miastofon - psychogeographical workshops for blind and partially sighted people in Nowy Port district. The participants from Co-op for the Visually-Impaired in Gdansk experimented with sounds recorded in Nowy Port district and built mental maps of their everyday routes. The next meeting will take place in one week and will be held in Nowy Port’s outdoors.

CULTURABILITY BALTIC SEA REGION - CULTURE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

We will take part in 2nd workshop organized by Culturability (27th -28th of March 2014).

Miastofon - psychogeographical workshops

We are happy to announce that Agata from GrubyPunkt will lead Miastofon - psychogeographical workshops for blind and partially sighted people in Nowy Port district, Gdańsk, Poland. The workshop proposes common active listening of the city. Project participants will be able to put themselves in the role of researchers of living organism of their city. Focusing on the perception of the city through separated sense of hearing, they will be invited to define their subjective soundscape of visited spaces.

All participants, both blind and partially sighted people and other participants in the workshop together with all encountered people willing to stop for a while and to listen to the city, will work out a common theme. As partners, they will be invited to research the city and to determine the value of their sphere of sound in everyday life.

Purely acoustic interactive online map in the form of living archive of project with all geolocalized recordings gathered during the workshop will be the result. It will be based only on the sound, reflecting the urban soundscape filtered and captured by all project participants.

Anna Wejkowska-Lipska, PhD from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, and Niet F-n (http://nietfn.weebly.com/), experimental musician will also join the project team. The workshops are organized by The Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art (http://www.laznia.pl/).

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We are releasing results of our latest project - Plaza da Princesa. Enjoy! http://www.subjectivemap.com/princesa/index.html

We are releasing results of our latest project - Plaza da Princesa. Enjoy! http://www.subjectivemap.com/princesa/index.html

[reflections after eme3] by Agata

In the last days of June @gruby_punkt participated in the 8th International Architecture Festival eme3 in Barcelona / Spain. Our Gdansk Metropolian Area based project Threewaver has been selected for SHARE-IT part of this festival.

First of all, the site of the event is worth mentioning. The building of Fabra i Coats, being huge old vacant factory, seems to be a perfect place for such an event. Opinions about adequacy of choosing that site were divided, mainly because of the fact that Sant Andreu district is not in central part of Barcelona and a trip to see the event of eme3 had to be definitely planned. We can venture to do an opinion that there were almost no accidental visitors just passing by.

We draw this location’s image, as one of the main question often returning during formal and informal talks was about participation of people from different backgrounds, not only professionals, in the events like eme3. We wonder where were citizens, politics, stake holders during these days? And why they were not taking part in the event which focuses on the relation between citizen and the transforming city?

Many questions of this kind were asked during debates. Lorenzo Barno gave the example that 90% of visitors of their blog (www.stepienybarno.es/blog), which is one of the most popular of architecture blogs in Spain, are architects, and when he organized an event dealing with topic of relations between the architecture and the society, 180 from 200 participants were architects… There was also one politician… So, are citizens not interested in talks about city? Being a moderator of Laboratorio de Ideas organized by COAG (http://laboratoriodeideasdelcoag.com/), I can point out the same problem. The debates, organized last year in Vigo, were about architects and society, but for me there was a lack of voice of society in these discussions. Maybe a simple change, like going out into the middle of a street, could give better results? Maybe at least some of the talks should be in more informal space or even in picnic ambient like meetings proposed by Esthel Planas during her Escuela de Calor (http://www.estherplanas.com/index.php?/project/escuela-de-calor/) workshops?

On the other hand, doing our research projects in GrubyPunkt, which are mainly based on hours of conversations with people met on the streets, we also see that people are not convinced that their opinion is important. Maybe this is why they do not participate in such events? Maybe for most of them the topic of common participation in ‘making city’ is still an utopia? Discovering the points of views of different people seems for us to be the first important step. Without this step, probably we will still see a growing number of projects which are not meeting the real needs of citizens, like investments that are not based on multidisciplinary research phase leading to various, already known situations, like vacant sites, dead living areas and a lot of unused land. The sad fact is that people are used to the fact that nobody listens to them or they have no idea how to establish the dialogue and with whom.

We are enchanted by the documentary about the self-constructed allotment gardens by retired citizens on the periphery of Barcelona called ‘Retired city’ and made by Pau Faus (http://www.laciudadjubilada.blogspot.com/). This kind of work is really promising starting point for bottom up mode of understanding the city as a vivid multilayered structure. Hearing voices of citizens is crucial in order to understand whole city’s complexity. Also children should be involved into this process, their voice should be taken into account. As said Lemur (http://lemur.cat/), children, giving opinions about his own neighborhood, learn that the city problems are also their problems. This way children get used to participation. What we know for sure, participation of people is a challenge, whether we are talking about discussions or in physical constructions.

Projects which generate new design methods involving various groups of people into building processes and giving a birth to new democratic and participatory methods to urban planning like Ciudad Roca Negra by CAPA and Ariel Jacubovich (http://www.eme3.org/?p=2953), projects touching basic problems of hard human living conditions like Community Kitchen in one of the growing slums in the suburbs of Lisbon in Costa da Caparica by Ateliermob (http://ateliermob.com/377319.html)…

We had a chance to find out more about many interesting projects. The diversity of them shows us that collaboration and participation can be seen from so many angles. It also shows us that it is crucial to learn from good practices, but not repeating them without local research and understanding. As the different countries are on the various level of Arstein’s ladder, the most important thing seems to be linking the real state of situation in country with real needs of its citizens. Step by step, answering many questions before acting. What is the role of the architect? What she/he can do for us and how? Is a daily dialogue between architects and society possible? How can citizens be involved into participatory processes in the city? Who else should be involved in participation? Is the collaborative city a need, an obligation or an utopia?

We put many questions cause we think that wider discussion should be started, not only among professionals. Not being architects, we feel that there is a kind of gap in this dialogue. We really like the statement by Reyes Gallegos (http://www.laciudadviva.org/blogs/?author=78) that architects should not be afraid to be educators, managers, mediators.

Developing our Threewaver project and talking about collaborations, we think that there is also a need of making clear what the collaboration means in each situation and how / why we want to establish new connections. The statement of Domenico di Siena (http://urbanohumano.org/) about making temporal connections for concrete actions is very in our taste. It seems to be the most appropriate way of networking. Do not link for forever, do interesting projects with people with specific skills. And then search for another people, start new connections. This is what we are developing in Threewaver, in our local metropolitan context.

Summing up, most of actions presented during eme3 take place in Southern Europe and around South America. There were presented examples from other european countries, but it seems that they are still treated as unconventional and unique. In comparison with them, we have so different context here in Poland and it seems that the classical realization of architectural projects are still in main stream. We are really curious about how things will develop.

We believe that the above-mentioned education and communication topic is one of the key points that need to be developed here, in our country. Spatial / architecture education about the city should not to be limited to buildings and constructions but should have a wider social dimension. Not about getting to know the architectural styles but about understanding the context where we live. This kind of education is strictly linked with the awareness about our surroundings and the knowledge of our possible power as daily users of the city. We talk about the power of acting and doing things as a citizen, not as a professional architect. We are also really curious if the collaborative city will become also reality in Poland, or we will choose another way to go a step ahead in living city issue.

Thank you eme3 for creating such powerful space of interchanging ideas with its special ambient for formal and informal talks which really gives a lot of positive energy!

 

Links:

Topic of 8th eme3: http://www.eme3.org/?page_id=2144

Description of Threewaver in English: http://www.eme3.org/?p=2757

Description of Threewaver in Spanish: http://www.eme3.org/?p=2757&lang=es

Threewaver video impression: https://vimeo.com/66660780

If you work for people, it’s most important to listen to people. Our interactive installation has ears :) And listens… From what we see and hear, we shape new models of creative cooperation.http://lnkd.in/BK7W2Q

OPEN CALL: Do you work as a freelancer / independent specialist? Do you want to collaborate on creative projects in Gdansk Metropolitan Area, Poland? Contact us at gruby.punkt(at)subjectivemap.com!!! (if you contact us before 20th of June, your profile will be included in our presentation in EME3 festival in Barcelona http://www.eme3.org/)

OPEN CALL: Do you work as a freelancer / independent specialist? Do you want to collaborate on creative projects in Gdansk Metropolitan Area, Poland? Contact us at gruby.punkt(at)subjectivemap.com!!! (if you contact us before 20th of June, your profile will be included in our presentation in EME3 festival in Barcelona http://www.eme3.org/)

Concept of L.SPOT App: https://vimeo.com/67000422

The L.SPOT app aims to link empty urban public spaces within residentional zones in the city of Vigo, Spain with people who look for spaces for their outdoor alternative activities and facilites social interaction between them.
In the long term, the project aims to increase people’s awarness about their surroundings. Additionally, the created database can serve for decision making in the process of converting temporary facilities into permanent.

This project was done during Technicity course on Coursera (MOOC by The Ohio State University).

A short video impression about the Threewaver, our new project developed in Gdansk Metropolitan Area, Poland, EU. Feel invited to Threewaver´s presentation during EME3 festival in Barcelona : http://www.eme3.org/?page_id=2144

Our project Threewaver has been selected for SHARE-IT section of 8th International Architecture Festival EME3_2013!

The 8th edition of eme3 Festival will be held in Barcelona from June 27th to 30th at Fabra y Coats while the exposition will remain open until July 30th with a program of activities.
http://www.eme3.org/?p=2360

"In our next 8th edition we intend to analyze the following subjects:
• New uses for urban public space: from self-management, empowerment and projects of collaboration.
• Housing in crisis situation (politic, economic, environmental, demographic): solutions to evictions, to family regrouping in developed countries, analysis of temporary uses of non-used spaces, solutions for emergency housing.
• Evolution of the working space: co-working as a space-model and new working and collaboration methods.
Network communication helps us to share the good praxis. Generalizing these practices has several stages:
• Establish a legal recognized framework: analyzing the new financial association of interchange and, for example, giving value to the concept of generating welfare in society, etc.
• Support education by introducing before mentioned new concepts in universities.
• Convey communication and awareness to the public through the media, social networks and creation of open spaces accessible to all. Not only in big cities but also in medium small or isolated communities with less resources.
• Transmit this vision with empathy and trust, in order to observe, receive and project in an open-minded and sensitive way."
(description from eme3.org website)
Our project Threewaver has been selected for SHARE-IT section of 8th International Architecture Festival EME3_2013!

The 8th edition of eme3 Festival will be held in Barcelona from June 27th to 30th at Fabra y Coats while the exposition 
will remain open until July 30th with a program of activities. http://www.eme3.org/?p=2360 "In our next 8th edition we intend to analyze the following subjects: • New uses for urban public space: from self-management, empowerment and projects of collaboration. • Housing in crisis situation (politic, economic, environmental, demographic): solutions to evictions, to family regrouping
in developed countries, analysis of temporary uses of non-used spaces, solutions for emergency housing. • Evolution of the working space: co-working as a space-model and new working and collaboration methods. Network communication helps us to share the good praxis. Generalizing these practices has several stages: • Establish a legal recognized framework: analyzing the new financial association of interchange and, for example, giving
value to the concept of generating welfare in society, etc. • Support education by introducing before mentioned new concepts in universities. • Convey communication and awareness to the public through the media, social networks and creation of open spaces
accessible to all. Not only in big cities but also in medium small or isolated communities with less resources. • Transmit this vision with empathy and trust, in order to observe, receive and project in an open-minded and sensitive way." (description from eme3.org website)
Polish “Edukator medialny” writes about our subjective maps (in Polish):
“Mapa Subiektywna to kulturalny projekt partycypatywny dotyczący subiektywnej, dziennej, a czasem nawet intymnej pamięci znanych miejsc z najbliższego otoczenia. Podejmuje tematykę tożsamości, pyta mieszkańca o wrażenia i sposoby percepcji najbliższego otoczenia mając za cel dotarcie do warstwy emocjonalnej odczuwania przestrzeni. Projekt składa się z dwóch części: procesu partycypatywnego w określonym czasie i na obszarze konkretnego terytorium oraz tak zwanego przedłużenia w formie ogólnodostępnego interaktywnego archiwum online." (http://edukatormedialny.pl/2012/12/12/mapa-subiektywna-lokalizacja-partycypacja-edukacja/)

Polish “Edukator medialny” writes about our subjective maps (in Polish):

Mapa Subiektywna to kulturalny projekt partycypatywny dotyczący subiektywnej, dziennej, a czasem nawet intymnej pamięci znanych miejsc z najbliższego otoczenia. Podejmuje tematykę tożsamości, pyta mieszkańca o wrażenia i sposoby percepcji najbliższego otoczenia mając za cel dotarcie do warstwy emocjonalnej odczuwania przestrzeni. Projekt składa się z dwóch części: procesu partycypatywnego w określonym czasie i na obszarze konkretnego terytorium oraz tak zwanego przedłużenia w formie ogólnodostępnego interaktywnego archiwum online." (http://edukatormedialny.pl/2012/12/12/mapa-subiektywna-lokalizacja-partycypacja-edukacja/)

We are working on our new project Threewaver (Trójfalowiec). 
It is a flexible collaboration method for open-minded people who aim to give a birth to new, fresh and unexpected projects in-between the known disciplines. 

It is designed for a specific geographic place, Gdansk Metropolitan Area (GMA), located in the Baltic Sea region, in northern Poland.
More info will be available soon.
We are working on our new project Threewaver (Trójfalowiec). 
It is a flexible collaboration method for open-minded people 
who aim to give a birth to new, fresh and unexpected projects
in-between the known disciplines. It is designed for a specific geographic place, Gdansk Metropolitan
Area (GMA), located in the Baltic Sea region, in northern Poland. More info will be available soon.
The ALTERARCHITECTURES MANIFESTO book has just arrived to our lab! Wecontributed with the text about our process named Mems Database. It ison 108 - 109 pages in the book :)Alterarchitectures is the first publication of Underconstructions,European observatory of innovative architectural and urban processes.The title is a reflection of other ways to construct the city. Indeed,the innovative experiments constitute isolated occurrences, but seentogether, their sum testifies of the existence of a veritable movementon the European scale and beyond.Editors: Thierry Paquot, Yvette Masson-Zanussi, and Marco StathopoulosPublished by Eterotopia (Italy), Infolio (France)Partners: EFAP, wonderland platform for european architecture, Cité del’architecture et du patrimoineISBN    9782884742641* Some of the articles from the book, you can also read online onAlterarchitectures Manifesto website:http://www.alterarchitecturesmanifesto.com/

The ALTERARCHITECTURES MANIFESTO book has just arrived to our lab! We
contributed with the text about our process named Mems Database. It is
on 108 - 109 pages in the book :)

Alterarchitectures is the first publication of Underconstructions,
European observatory of innovative architectural and urban processes.
The title is a reflection of other ways to construct the city. Indeed,
the innovative experiments constitute isolated occurrences, but seen
together, their sum testifies of the existence of a veritable movement
on the European scale and beyond.

Editors: Thierry Paquot, Yvette Masson-Zanussi, and Marco Stathopoulos
Published by Eterotopia (Italy), Infolio (France)
Partners: EFAP, wonderland platform for european architecture, Cité de
l’architecture et du patrimoine
ISBN    9782884742641

* Some of the articles from the book, you can also read online on
Alterarchitectures Manifesto website:
http://www.alterarchitecturesmanifesto.com/

Last week we visited Culturgal (http://www.culturgal.com/), The Galician Cultural Industries Trade Fair. We were invited to give a speech about our subjective maps (http://www.subjectivemap.com/). This year, the O Faiado part of the festival was dedicated to the projects that go beyond the strict cultural creation. It included cultural projects related also to economy, permaculture, politics, anthropology or physiology. This year it was curated by Für Alle Fälle (http://www.furallefalle.com/). The movie from our speech will be published soon!!!

Last week we visited Culturgal (http://www.culturgal.com/), The Galician Cultural Industries Trade Fair. We were invited to give a speech about our subjective maps (http://www.subjectivemap.com/). This year, the O Faiado part of the festival was dedicated to the projects that go beyond the strict cultural creation. It included cultural projects related also to economy, permaculture, politics, anthropology or physiology. This year it was curated by Für Alle Fälle (http://www.furallefalle.com/). The movie from our speech will be published soon!!!

Feel invited to visit the new subjective map’s webpage: http://subjectivemap.com/.

Feel invited to visit the new subjective map’s webpage: http://subjectivemap.com/.

The first meeting of Miastofon - psychogeographical workshops for blind and partially sighted people in Nowy Port district. The participants from Co-op for the Visually-Impaired in Gdansk experimented with sounds recorded in Nowy Port district and built mental maps of their everyday routes. The next meeting will take place in one week and will be held in Nowy Port’s outdoors.

CULTURABILITY BALTIC SEA REGION - CULTURE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

We will take part in 2nd workshop organized by Culturability (27th -28th of March 2014).

Miastofon - psychogeographical workshops

We are happy to announce that Agata from GrubyPunkt will lead Miastofon - psychogeographical workshops for blind and partially sighted people in Nowy Port district, Gdańsk, Poland. The workshop proposes common active listening of the city. Project participants will be able to put themselves in the role of researchers of living organism of their city. Focusing on the perception of the city through separated sense of hearing, they will be invited to define their subjective soundscape of visited spaces.

All participants, both blind and partially sighted people and other participants in the workshop together with all encountered people willing to stop for a while and to listen to the city, will work out a common theme. As partners, they will be invited to research the city and to determine the value of their sphere of sound in everyday life.

Purely acoustic interactive online map in the form of living archive of project with all geolocalized recordings gathered during the workshop will be the result. It will be based only on the sound, reflecting the urban soundscape filtered and captured by all project participants.

Anna Wejkowska-Lipska, PhD from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, and Niet F-n (http://nietfn.weebly.com/), experimental musician will also join the project team. The workshops are organized by The Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art (http://www.laznia.pl/).

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We are releasing results of our latest project - Plaza da Princesa. Enjoy! http://www.subjectivemap.com/princesa/index.html

We are releasing results of our latest project - Plaza da Princesa. Enjoy! http://www.subjectivemap.com/princesa/index.html

[reflections after eme3] by Agata

In the last days of June @gruby_punkt participated in the 8th International Architecture Festival eme3 in Barcelona / Spain. Our Gdansk Metropolian Area based project Threewaver has been selected for SHARE-IT part of this festival.

First of all, the site of the event is worth mentioning. The building of Fabra i Coats, being huge old vacant factory, seems to be a perfect place for such an event. Opinions about adequacy of choosing that site were divided, mainly because of the fact that Sant Andreu district is not in central part of Barcelona and a trip to see the event of eme3 had to be definitely planned. We can venture to do an opinion that there were almost no accidental visitors just passing by.

We draw this location’s image, as one of the main question often returning during formal and informal talks was about participation of people from different backgrounds, not only professionals, in the events like eme3. We wonder where were citizens, politics, stake holders during these days? And why they were not taking part in the event which focuses on the relation between citizen and the transforming city?

Many questions of this kind were asked during debates. Lorenzo Barno gave the example that 90% of visitors of their blog (www.stepienybarno.es/blog), which is one of the most popular of architecture blogs in Spain, are architects, and when he organized an event dealing with topic of relations between the architecture and the society, 180 from 200 participants were architects… There was also one politician… So, are citizens not interested in talks about city? Being a moderator of Laboratorio de Ideas organized by COAG (http://laboratoriodeideasdelcoag.com/), I can point out the same problem. The debates, organized last year in Vigo, were about architects and society, but for me there was a lack of voice of society in these discussions. Maybe a simple change, like going out into the middle of a street, could give better results? Maybe at least some of the talks should be in more informal space or even in picnic ambient like meetings proposed by Esthel Planas during her Escuela de Calor (http://www.estherplanas.com/index.php?/project/escuela-de-calor/) workshops?

On the other hand, doing our research projects in GrubyPunkt, which are mainly based on hours of conversations with people met on the streets, we also see that people are not convinced that their opinion is important. Maybe this is why they do not participate in such events? Maybe for most of them the topic of common participation in ‘making city’ is still an utopia? Discovering the points of views of different people seems for us to be the first important step. Without this step, probably we will still see a growing number of projects which are not meeting the real needs of citizens, like investments that are not based on multidisciplinary research phase leading to various, already known situations, like vacant sites, dead living areas and a lot of unused land. The sad fact is that people are used to the fact that nobody listens to them or they have no idea how to establish the dialogue and with whom.

We are enchanted by the documentary about the self-constructed allotment gardens by retired citizens on the periphery of Barcelona called ‘Retired city’ and made by Pau Faus (http://www.laciudadjubilada.blogspot.com/). This kind of work is really promising starting point for bottom up mode of understanding the city as a vivid multilayered structure. Hearing voices of citizens is crucial in order to understand whole city’s complexity. Also children should be involved into this process, their voice should be taken into account. As said Lemur (http://lemur.cat/), children, giving opinions about his own neighborhood, learn that the city problems are also their problems. This way children get used to participation. What we know for sure, participation of people is a challenge, whether we are talking about discussions or in physical constructions.

Projects which generate new design methods involving various groups of people into building processes and giving a birth to new democratic and participatory methods to urban planning like Ciudad Roca Negra by CAPA and Ariel Jacubovich (http://www.eme3.org/?p=2953), projects touching basic problems of hard human living conditions like Community Kitchen in one of the growing slums in the suburbs of Lisbon in Costa da Caparica by Ateliermob (http://ateliermob.com/377319.html)…

We had a chance to find out more about many interesting projects. The diversity of them shows us that collaboration and participation can be seen from so many angles. It also shows us that it is crucial to learn from good practices, but not repeating them without local research and understanding. As the different countries are on the various level of Arstein’s ladder, the most important thing seems to be linking the real state of situation in country with real needs of its citizens. Step by step, answering many questions before acting. What is the role of the architect? What she/he can do for us and how? Is a daily dialogue between architects and society possible? How can citizens be involved into participatory processes in the city? Who else should be involved in participation? Is the collaborative city a need, an obligation or an utopia?

We put many questions cause we think that wider discussion should be started, not only among professionals. Not being architects, we feel that there is a kind of gap in this dialogue. We really like the statement by Reyes Gallegos (http://www.laciudadviva.org/blogs/?author=78) that architects should not be afraid to be educators, managers, mediators.

Developing our Threewaver project and talking about collaborations, we think that there is also a need of making clear what the collaboration means in each situation and how / why we want to establish new connections. The statement of Domenico di Siena (http://urbanohumano.org/) about making temporal connections for concrete actions is very in our taste. It seems to be the most appropriate way of networking. Do not link for forever, do interesting projects with people with specific skills. And then search for another people, start new connections. This is what we are developing in Threewaver, in our local metropolitan context.

Summing up, most of actions presented during eme3 take place in Southern Europe and around South America. There were presented examples from other european countries, but it seems that they are still treated as unconventional and unique. In comparison with them, we have so different context here in Poland and it seems that the classical realization of architectural projects are still in main stream. We are really curious about how things will develop.

We believe that the above-mentioned education and communication topic is one of the key points that need to be developed here, in our country. Spatial / architecture education about the city should not to be limited to buildings and constructions but should have a wider social dimension. Not about getting to know the architectural styles but about understanding the context where we live. This kind of education is strictly linked with the awareness about our surroundings and the knowledge of our possible power as daily users of the city. We talk about the power of acting and doing things as a citizen, not as a professional architect. We are also really curious if the collaborative city will become also reality in Poland, or we will choose another way to go a step ahead in living city issue.

Thank you eme3 for creating such powerful space of interchanging ideas with its special ambient for formal and informal talks which really gives a lot of positive energy!

 

Links:

Topic of 8th eme3: http://www.eme3.org/?page_id=2144

Description of Threewaver in English: http://www.eme3.org/?p=2757

Description of Threewaver in Spanish: http://www.eme3.org/?p=2757&lang=es

Threewaver video impression: https://vimeo.com/66660780

If you work for people, it’s most important to listen to people. Our interactive installation has ears :) And listens… From what we see and hear, we shape new models of creative cooperation.http://lnkd.in/BK7W2Q

OPEN CALL: Do you work as a freelancer / independent specialist? Do you want to collaborate on creative projects in Gdansk Metropolitan Area, Poland? Contact us at gruby.punkt(at)subjectivemap.com!!! (if you contact us before 20th of June, your profile will be included in our presentation in EME3 festival in Barcelona http://www.eme3.org/)

OPEN CALL: Do you work as a freelancer / independent specialist? Do you want to collaborate on creative projects in Gdansk Metropolitan Area, Poland? Contact us at gruby.punkt(at)subjectivemap.com!!! (if you contact us before 20th of June, your profile will be included in our presentation in EME3 festival in Barcelona http://www.eme3.org/)

Concept of L.SPOT App: https://vimeo.com/67000422

The L.SPOT app aims to link empty urban public spaces within residentional zones in the city of Vigo, Spain with people who look for spaces for their outdoor alternative activities and facilites social interaction between them.
In the long term, the project aims to increase people’s awarness about their surroundings. Additionally, the created database can serve for decision making in the process of converting temporary facilities into permanent.

This project was done during Technicity course on Coursera (MOOC by The Ohio State University).

A short video impression about the Threewaver, our new project developed in Gdansk Metropolitan Area, Poland, EU. Feel invited to Threewaver´s presentation during EME3 festival in Barcelona : http://www.eme3.org/?page_id=2144

Our project Threewaver has been selected for SHARE-IT section of 8th International Architecture Festival EME3_2013!

The 8th edition of eme3 Festival will be held in Barcelona from June 27th to 30th at Fabra y Coats while the exposition will remain open until July 30th with a program of activities.
http://www.eme3.org/?p=2360

"In our next 8th edition we intend to analyze the following subjects:
• New uses for urban public space: from self-management, empowerment and projects of collaboration.
• Housing in crisis situation (politic, economic, environmental, demographic): solutions to evictions, to family regrouping in developed countries, analysis of temporary uses of non-used spaces, solutions for emergency housing.
• Evolution of the working space: co-working as a space-model and new working and collaboration methods.
Network communication helps us to share the good praxis. Generalizing these practices has several stages:
• Establish a legal recognized framework: analyzing the new financial association of interchange and, for example, giving value to the concept of generating welfare in society, etc.
• Support education by introducing before mentioned new concepts in universities.
• Convey communication and awareness to the public through the media, social networks and creation of open spaces accessible to all. Not only in big cities but also in medium small or isolated communities with less resources.
• Transmit this vision with empathy and trust, in order to observe, receive and project in an open-minded and sensitive way."
(description from eme3.org website)
Our project Threewaver has been selected for SHARE-IT section of 8th International Architecture Festival EME3_2013!

The 8th edition of eme3 Festival will be held in Barcelona from June 27th to 30th at Fabra y Coats while the exposition 
will remain open until July 30th with a program of activities. http://www.eme3.org/?p=2360 "In our next 8th edition we intend to analyze the following subjects: • New uses for urban public space: from self-management, empowerment and projects of collaboration. • Housing in crisis situation (politic, economic, environmental, demographic): solutions to evictions, to family regrouping
in developed countries, analysis of temporary uses of non-used spaces, solutions for emergency housing. • Evolution of the working space: co-working as a space-model and new working and collaboration methods. Network communication helps us to share the good praxis. Generalizing these practices has several stages: • Establish a legal recognized framework: analyzing the new financial association of interchange and, for example, giving
value to the concept of generating welfare in society, etc. • Support education by introducing before mentioned new concepts in universities. • Convey communication and awareness to the public through the media, social networks and creation of open spaces
accessible to all. Not only in big cities but also in medium small or isolated communities with less resources. • Transmit this vision with empathy and trust, in order to observe, receive and project in an open-minded and sensitive way." (description from eme3.org website)
Polish “Edukator medialny” writes about our subjective maps (in Polish):
“Mapa Subiektywna to kulturalny projekt partycypatywny dotyczący subiektywnej, dziennej, a czasem nawet intymnej pamięci znanych miejsc z najbliższego otoczenia. Podejmuje tematykę tożsamości, pyta mieszkańca o wrażenia i sposoby percepcji najbliższego otoczenia mając za cel dotarcie do warstwy emocjonalnej odczuwania przestrzeni. Projekt składa się z dwóch części: procesu partycypatywnego w określonym czasie i na obszarze konkretnego terytorium oraz tak zwanego przedłużenia w formie ogólnodostępnego interaktywnego archiwum online." (http://edukatormedialny.pl/2012/12/12/mapa-subiektywna-lokalizacja-partycypacja-edukacja/)

Polish “Edukator medialny” writes about our subjective maps (in Polish):

Mapa Subiektywna to kulturalny projekt partycypatywny dotyczący subiektywnej, dziennej, a czasem nawet intymnej pamięci znanych miejsc z najbliższego otoczenia. Podejmuje tematykę tożsamości, pyta mieszkańca o wrażenia i sposoby percepcji najbliższego otoczenia mając za cel dotarcie do warstwy emocjonalnej odczuwania przestrzeni. Projekt składa się z dwóch części: procesu partycypatywnego w określonym czasie i na obszarze konkretnego terytorium oraz tak zwanego przedłużenia w formie ogólnodostępnego interaktywnego archiwum online." (http://edukatormedialny.pl/2012/12/12/mapa-subiektywna-lokalizacja-partycypacja-edukacja/)

We are working on our new project Threewaver (Trójfalowiec). 
It is a flexible collaboration method for open-minded people who aim to give a birth to new, fresh and unexpected projects in-between the known disciplines. 

It is designed for a specific geographic place, Gdansk Metropolitan Area (GMA), located in the Baltic Sea region, in northern Poland.
More info will be available soon.
We are working on our new project Threewaver (Trójfalowiec). 
It is a flexible collaboration method for open-minded people 
who aim to give a birth to new, fresh and unexpected projects
in-between the known disciplines. It is designed for a specific geographic place, Gdansk Metropolitan
Area (GMA), located in the Baltic Sea region, in northern Poland. More info will be available soon.
The ALTERARCHITECTURES MANIFESTO book has just arrived to our lab! Wecontributed with the text about our process named Mems Database. It ison 108 - 109 pages in the book :)Alterarchitectures is the first publication of Underconstructions,European observatory of innovative architectural and urban processes.The title is a reflection of other ways to construct the city. Indeed,the innovative experiments constitute isolated occurrences, but seentogether, their sum testifies of the existence of a veritable movementon the European scale and beyond.Editors: Thierry Paquot, Yvette Masson-Zanussi, and Marco StathopoulosPublished by Eterotopia (Italy), Infolio (France)Partners: EFAP, wonderland platform for european architecture, Cité del’architecture et du patrimoineISBN    9782884742641* Some of the articles from the book, you can also read online onAlterarchitectures Manifesto website:http://www.alterarchitecturesmanifesto.com/

The ALTERARCHITECTURES MANIFESTO book has just arrived to our lab! We
contributed with the text about our process named Mems Database. It is
on 108 - 109 pages in the book :)

Alterarchitectures is the first publication of Underconstructions,
European observatory of innovative architectural and urban processes.
The title is a reflection of other ways to construct the city. Indeed,
the innovative experiments constitute isolated occurrences, but seen
together, their sum testifies of the existence of a veritable movement
on the European scale and beyond.

Editors: Thierry Paquot, Yvette Masson-Zanussi, and Marco Stathopoulos
Published by Eterotopia (Italy), Infolio (France)
Partners: EFAP, wonderland platform for european architecture, Cité de
l’architecture et du patrimoine
ISBN    9782884742641

* Some of the articles from the book, you can also read online on
Alterarchitectures Manifesto website:
http://www.alterarchitecturesmanifesto.com/

Last week we visited Culturgal (http://www.culturgal.com/), The Galician Cultural Industries Trade Fair. We were invited to give a speech about our subjective maps (http://www.subjectivemap.com/). This year, the O Faiado part of the festival was dedicated to the projects that go beyond the strict cultural creation. It included cultural projects related also to economy, permaculture, politics, anthropology or physiology. This year it was curated by Für Alle Fälle (http://www.furallefalle.com/). The movie from our speech will be published soon!!!

Last week we visited Culturgal (http://www.culturgal.com/), The Galician Cultural Industries Trade Fair. We were invited to give a speech about our subjective maps (http://www.subjectivemap.com/). This year, the O Faiado part of the festival was dedicated to the projects that go beyond the strict cultural creation. It included cultural projects related also to economy, permaculture, politics, anthropology or physiology. This year it was curated by Für Alle Fälle (http://www.furallefalle.com/). The movie from our speech will be published soon!!!

Feel invited to visit the new subjective map’s webpage: http://subjectivemap.com/.

Feel invited to visit the new subjective map’s webpage: http://subjectivemap.com/.

Miastofon - psychogeographical workshops

About:

GrubyPunkt, Gdansk, Poland, performs interdisciplinary experiments for discovering the identity and the potential of the urban space. Our approach is to catalyze social interactions through subjective mapping, collaborative walks, workshops, art interventions and open data sharing.

Agata : Independent artist and designer.

Her main contribution to GrubyPunkt ́s activities is focusing around architecture and public space issues and its deep relation with human being. Developing collaborative methods and implementing participative process into projects - these tools make our project always connected with real-time changes and true needs of daily users.

Łukasz : Multimedia specialist, innovation engineer, technical support.

His contribution to GrubyPunkt ́s activities is letting it stay in the cutting edge of technologies of multimedia management and using them in developed projects. Audio and video capturing, post-processing and video analytics are the tools that makes our approach specific. Builds and maintains on-line infrastructure for collaboration between actors of the projects.

mail : gruby.punkt(at)gmail.com
twitter: @gruby_punkt