"We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us." Through playful processes of Reanimate Architecture workshop, drawing simple images and creating cartoons or simple animations, we will develop critical thinking and the ability to express it and bridge culture spatial processes and broad public.
In Europe we are witnessing the search of new models for urban planning, governance or community building based on a sharing economy, participation and the principles of caring and cooperation. Reanimate Architecture workshop and its results can provide new language of thinking cities and bridging architecture and city development to wider audience. The process of the workshop is demanding and requires the development of critical thinking, and yet at the same time it is playful and inspiring, with results that easily communicate to even widest audience.
Reanimate Architecture is a creative intersectorial workshop that focuses on a specific spatial culture related topic. Through playful processes of drawing simple images and creating cartoons or simple animations, it helps participants to develop their critical thinking and the ability to express it, it encourages them to take interest into their built surroundings and the ongoing processes, and to propose new solutions and new ways of acting. It provides a framework for discussions and for thinking cities and built environment.
In order to think big issues in simple pictures, one needs to inform on the topic, to learn how to isolate the core elements, and how to imagine them and present them in a simple way so as to be understood, and yet powerful enough so as to make a statement.
Reanimate Architecture workshop is a part of an architectural magazine and a research platform Kamenzind, where researches and articles that precede, inspire or are discovered in the process of the workshop are published. In addition to critical writing, the workshop results will be presented in the form of whiteboard animation that is able to communicate to wider public.
The project will be released through publishing 4 issues of Kamenzind magazine in one year, 5 workshops with students of different faculties and high schools, facilitated by an architect - an awarded critic and a journalist, and an illustrator. The results will be published in Kamenzind and exhibited, while the selected results will be further developed and presented to wide audience in a form of whiteboard animations.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
We would like to learn more about different models of local policies, tactics of approaching local authorities and linking with local communities, as well as to learn about different ways of facilitating workshops and approaching students and young people.