The way we represent our world is a vision of who we are, as it is of our future. TAKE OFF AND LANDING is an inspiring flying database, co-elaborated with european inhabitants. It promotes knowledge exchanges and cooperative values to improve our urban landscapes and environments.
GDANSK, TALLINN, GÖTEBORG
Our project involves various disciplines working together. The flying experience through Europe is not often use by actors of the urban field, but is for us a meaningful way to build a common understanding on the development of urban territories at a larger scale than the city itself. The empirical experience of the summer journey can become the support for a « making together », both about the physical urban areas in the making, and society itself. It can potentially include other participants, like cultural actors, or even influence local governance. Thus, initiative about city planning issues that include the end user’s participation, outside the conventional production of urban spaces, seem to be challenges for urban planners, whatever the country or city in Europe nowadays.
We would like to generate debate and encourage the involvement of the amateur inhabitant alongside the city makers, combining open workshops and flights above european changing urban areas. How can we contribute to a more sustainable way of planning metropolitan areas? How do we reconcile development and protection of resources? The project exports memory-based material, local researches and constructs a database and network about our european environment, accessible to all, and constantly evolving. We are convinced that the complex urban situations are actually carrying lots of opportunities to reinvent new ways of planning the cities, as a collective and multidisciplinary creation, with the flexibility of what gets a more accurater definition by moving forward.
Workshops are bringing together experts and amateurs, and are using the « Cessna tool » : discussions will be based on material collected from the plane as well as co-constructed with the participants. Handmade mappings, photographic material, onsite videos, as an alternative to GoogleEarth views, as a live reporting of the urban changes, to be faced with local memories, uses, prospectives and initiatives. Workshops would be the opportunity to record film interviews that can be shown online and generate comments and reactions. Forests and ecological continuities, evolution of agricultural land, ports and roads, remaining of industrial past, previous urban grids.., we write together a story of the urban territory, which will be shared as a online daily letter and through press partners.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
The platform can be a tool to collect first testimonies about the targeted urban areas and to improve our approach of the fields. Local partners can also manifest their interest and contact the team, so that we can get together more participants at the workshops. Any contribution would help!