Valentina Karga

the institute of placemaking

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The Institute of Placemaking is knowledge exchange center and a public institution that gives spatial possibilities to people who desire a place for new ideas and new encounters within the city.

An office-cabin and a table are the simple architectural elements around which workshops, dinners and collective gatherings happen. The Institute acts as an infrastructure that ‘grows’ through a series of curated workshops dealing with public action, knowledge exchange and experimentation with do-it-yourself methods of production, which extends to building, making, cooking, using and re-using. Workshops are focused around the looped system of resources, and particular attention is paid to what is commonly neglected in the production cycle of materials or goods: waste. The Institute proposes a 6 workshops that begin to treat the city and its byproducts as a resource.

The Institute of Placemaking took place at Eme3 international architecture festival, Barcelona, 2012, and it was a collaboration between Valentina Karga, Jia Gu, Pieterjan Grandry and Rosario Talevi. More info at: http://the-institute-of.com

Over time, individuals and organizations in the neighborhood can plug into this structure, and begin to propose their own spatial interventions or knowledge exchanges. Dinners and artist-led bars will play a catalytic role to the getting to know the neighbors and facilitating new encounters..

The Institute proposes a four-day series of workshops and events during the festival:

STEP 0 : BUILDING THE INSTITUTE

STEP 1 : REMAKE FURNITURE WORKSHOP

STEP 2 : THE SUPER SOLAR COOK-OFF

STEP 3 : FRUIT JAMMING WITH GRANDMA

STEP 4 : CHEESE OPERA

ARTIST LED BAR

STEP 5 : THE BIG LUNCH

 

 

We begin with a simple, transformable architecture constructed from recovered materials (doors, windows, cabinets etc) that can be taken apart to make workshops with. An office-cabin and a table are the simple spatial elements around which workshops, dinners, film screenings, exhibitions and collective gatherings happen.

proposal

workshops

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The Institute of Placemaking is about http://premier-pharmacy.com/product-category/mans-health// creating new places from abandoned spaces through knowledge exchange and collective actions in the city. For Eme3, we propose re-using the city as a resource, whose products, people and places are all part of a larger cycle of production.

Our workshops and activities operate on the premise of re-use happening at two scales. First, through a series of workshops focused on the production cycle of things and the continuity of systems. The products of each workshop accumulate into a final lunch with the community and festival participants. Leftover groceries from local markets will be cooked in the solar cookers, DIY marmelade will be served with dessert, self-made soap is used to wash the dishes and recycled furniture makes the setting. Eventually all food-waste will end up in a compost bin that can be the start of a community garden hosted at the Institute. Secondly, re-use happens within the entire installation, which will be open for plug-in programs and  appropriation by the community.

This once empty lot is transformed into collective space that is shared and actively used by local citizens, visitors and festival participants, beginning to offer to local citizens a sense of place.

A big thank you for the people who donated via Kickstarter. We also want to welcome new team members who will help us to make it happen, such as Rosario Talevi, Louisa Vermoere, Laura Torello  and Andrea Sollazo.

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This project is dedicated to our dear friend Matthias Rick, who left us too suddenly. He was one of the bravest and most talented of his generation, who opened up a new approach to architecture and urbanism and shared the path with others. His ideas and spirit live on in our work. We loved him and we will deeply miss him.