Day 1: Urban Hacking with Florian Riviere

After a morning of methods and ethics, the all-girl team of hacktivists led by Florian went into Voykovskiy to practice spontaneous interventions.

Finding a basketball court with no hoops, they involved a local (security guard) in a creative instance of DIY repair.

 

The goal for the rest of the workshop will be to practice urban hacking skills aimed at a neighborhood intervention that targets play; generating and hacking found materials into spaces and infrastructure for pingpong, basketball, urban games, quests etc.

 

Day 4: Urban Tactics and Media Ecologies

After exploring several different case studies that were district specific, across several district and city wide, workshop participants have narrowed their research and interventions to examine the pressing issues, media ecologies and possibilities for urban tactics in three sites. While the three are related, the issues they will deal with are slightly different.

1. The Red October Site: an island in the center of Moscow, the former factory is a historic site that is privately owned. It is threat of being demolished and converted in to luxury condos by its owners. As a creative cluster, it has invisible and visible barriers of inclusion and accessibility. The goal of this group will be to map alternative experiences of the site to demonstrate its importance not just as a commercial district with real estate value, but as a site for educational potential, historic significance and a space for the arts.

2. Occupy Education: The Occupy Abai movement is a young social movement which is increasingly focusing its efforts on promoting alternative sources of media and education. While it uses mobile tactics of assembling and public lectures, there seems to be opportunity to support its strategies by looking at tactics from around the world that have supported and promoted educational issues in multi dimensional ways.

3. Synchronicity in Troparevo Nikulino: This district has a strong, active local community that has mobilize around several pressing issues which include cycling, construction and forest conservation. Our goal here is to create a tool that indexes issues and actions to provide a database for users to better engage with others and the concerns facing their neighborhood.

Urban Tactics and Media Ecologies!

Our second workshop on tactical urbanism, media and data has now begun! Apart from discussing ideas of a New Collectivism in Moscow, we have been exploring food cultures as an opportunity for urban interventions at the Red October Chocolate Factory site. More updates soon.


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Observations from Yuzhnoe Medvedkovo

Mailboxes in Medvedkovo

Interesting mail received so far.

 

Yuzhnoe Medvedkovo

The first workshop begins tomorrow! Mobile City will work with participants to ‘Design for Ownership.’ Part of the workshop includes site visits and meeting with the community on July 10, 12 and 14th.

 

 

Installing mailboxes!

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