How to work with ruins? Urban Ecology as the intervention tool
Workshop with Robert Ungar

  • How to work with ruins? Urban Ecology as the intervention tool
    Onya Collective, "Grow. Build. Do It Yourself". Garden installation and video guides to urban micro-ecologies, Musraramix Art Festival 2015, Jerusalem, Israel

The dichotomy between the city and nature is rooted deep. Wild ecological systems, controlled by laws of nature poses an entirely separate set of rules than the planned, cultured, human created city.

However the city has its own ecological system, and within it evolve new natural laws. This system has waste that bothers us, but can be treated in a circular manner ad serve us as a resource.

Then there is the human resource. Energy and interest, talent and wisdom, waiting to be explored and put to work. People love to know. They want to influence. They are at best when they do. This is where community and ecology meet, where public space and grassroots movements grow.

In this workshop we will scan the city for its available resources and think in collaboration with random street users, our future clients, ways to harness this unused potential for the public good.
 

Robert Ungar - architect, artist, activist, designer, manager, teacher, farmer, all of the above and none of them at all. He is the driving force behind the founding of Onya collective and the initiator of Next Station project.

ONYA Collective, bringing together designers, architects and activists are active in Tel-Aviv's half abandoned central bus station. The group initiated the "Next Station" project, as part of "Worldwide Storefront" international exhibition by Storefront for Art and Architecture gallery.

"Next Station" included over 30 cultural and agricultural interventions by architects, farmers, agricultural companies, artists and poets, who offered conceptual or demonstrative agri-puncture spatial actions throughout public paths within the colossal brutalist Central Bus Station of Tel-Aviv. Through human scale place making and community-oriented interventions, the group opens alternative channels of thought regarding the future of abandoned public spaces with using upcycled resources and natural elements. Today, many interventions live on, while the collective continues to work through community work and cultural events.

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Other archival events from that cycle:

17:00 Workshops Learning from the cityPart one – an appartment Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology
ul. Koszykowa 55, Warsaw
18:00 Debate Simple methods of deterring reprivatisationA tenants’ debate Former building of the 9th Klementyna Hoffmanowa High School
ul. Emilii Plater 29, Warsaw
18:00 Meeting Happy City. Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design.Meeting with Charles Montgomery moderated by Marta Żakowska Former building of the 9th Klementyna Hoffmanowa High School
ul. Emilii Plater 29, Warsaw
12:00 For children Open actionsWorkshops for kids during the “Reconstruction Disputes” exhibition Former building of the 9th Klementyna Hoffmanowa High School
ul. Emilii Plater 29, Warsaw
16:00 Guided tour Guided tour in EnglishThrough „Radical Pedagogies” exhibition Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology
ul. Koszykowa 55, Warsaw
17:00 Guided tour Guided tour with VarsoviansBeata Chomątowska guides through „Reconstruction Disputes” exhibition Former building of the 9th Klementyna Hoffmanowa High School
ul. Emilii Plater 29, Warsaw
14:00 Guided tour Curatorial guided tour Tomasz Fudala guides through „Reconstruction Disputes” exhibition Former building of the 9th Klementyna Hoffmanowa High School
ul. Emilii Plater 29, Warsaw
16:00 Guided tour Curatorial guided tour Aleksandra Kędziorek guides through „Radical Pedagogies” exhibition Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology
ul. Koszykowa 55, Warsaw
16:00 Debate Warsaw greeneryThe spine of post-war capital rebuilding Former building of the 9th Klementyna Hoffmanowa High School
ul. Emilii Plater 29, Warsaw