AMP – Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform

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Dk Osseo-Asare, Principal at LOW Design Office, and myself are launching the pilot project of the Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform (AMP), thanks to Rockefeller Centennial Innovation Challenge Award funding. We are now looking for talented designers with experience in architecture, electronics and environmental systems. Find more about the project on QAMP, the blog associated to the endeavor. In support of the initiative and to open opportunities to students to get involved and learn more about the informal sector, e-waste, the maker movement and development, I am also conducting a semester-long seminar/workshop at l’Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture this Fall.

En Vie – This Is Alive

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En Vie / Alive: a free exhibit not to be missed in Paris at the Espace Electra of the EDF Foundation. Above left: The mycotecture [2012] of Philip Ross or how to manufacture pieces of furniture and bricks with mushrooms.
Above right: Tomáš Libertiny, Vessel #1, 2011 – 60000 bees contributed to design this vase. It took two months to shape.

EN VIE, aux frontières du design
Du 26 avril au 1er septembre
6, rue Récamier 75007 Paris
Métro Sèvres-Babylone
Entrée libre, tous les jours de 12 heures à 19 heures (sauf lundi et jours fériés)

Design innovation star

Unveiling the innovation star that Dk Osseo-Asare from LowDo and I developed to describe the process we take when conducting urban strategic design projects. If you’ve been wondering… the animated GIF file is indeed on its way ;-)

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C4C: TEACHING / ­LEARNING ECOLOGIES

TEACHING / LEARNING ECOLOGIES: Spaces and Politics of Education

DEADLINE for (abstract + short bibliography + short biography) = September 20, 2012
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing – Post-­intercultural Communication and Education series.

EDITORS –
Fred Dervin, University of Helsinki, Finland, multicultural education
Yasmine Abbas, Research Associate ENSA Paris-­La-­Villette, GERPHAU LAVUE 7218; Research Associate University of Geneva, Institute of Environmental Sciences – Globalization, Urban Planning, Governance

It is the intention of this volume to tell a narrative about what makes successful learning/teaching ecologies and thus education effectiveness. In the contexts of compulsory education, higher education, further education and lifelong learning, the design of spaces and the built environment matter as much as the politics of education. As such spaces and buildings do have social, political and educational functions, which cannot be ignored: they are never impartial. With the increase in online education, learning ecology becomes even more complex. What key aspects should actors involved in education (not) take into account?

FIND THE COMPLETE C4C HERE.

Links of interest:
The best school in the world (Finland)
The whole city as a classroom (Japan)
Mobile school (Africa)
The open classroom (UK)