Hi It' s Harold
I'm writing up some notes from the last Urbania meeting on wed 14th November. Three of us, Iris, Helen and myself met up at the Poetry Cafe in Covent garden, which is a great cafe, a real find!
Our discussions began with a look at images from the "Exit to Tomorrow" book , which looks at the golden age of world's fairs and Expos, I've already put some images up in previous blogs. In particular we looked at Moshe Safdie's 'Habitat 67' housing project for the Montreal 67 Expo. The project see's an extraordinary arrangement of apartment blocks, that create the impression of a modular concreate landscape.
One thing we all zoned in on was this modular arrangement played out in Safdie's architecture. Various parts linked and connnected to form a unit. We thought of various examples of modular structures, the international space station was one example, there you see NASA and the Russian space programme combined to form new entity.
We've been trying to resolve the problem of how get a group of individuals to come together and collective. What are the rules? How do we communicate? The idea of modular structure might offer us a tangiable answer. One of our central ideas for Agri project has been the notion that we will inhabit a particular area of Rochelle for the 7 days of live broadcast. Recently Michael Smythe (Agri project manager) suggested we use a space ajacent to where the main studios will be in Club Row.
I showed Iris and Helen some photo's of the space(i'll also post some on the blog), they were immediately struck by the possiblity of buliding a physical structure within that space which would take advantage of its height. We started to talk about the possibility of creating some kind of modular structure with separate pods for each of the members of the collective. The pod Units would be part of a larger structure and provide a base for the indiviaulas and the collective.
I think this proposal is very similar to the structure of the space station, with various pods allowing various autonomous activities to happen. But the physical structure would inform a working method that would allow members of the collective during the 7 day residency to explore iindivaually and collectively. Perhaps built into the strcuture would be a forum to showacse and feedback to the collective, invite guests, speakers, do workshops, experiments etc.
To use the space reference again, its a base station within planet Agri, the Urbanians become urban explorers going out examining and collecting, before bring that back to the base to share with the collective and Agri audience. I think Helen made some usefuil references to Ants and Bee hives as models of collective organisation.
Anyway, we felt it was a really enjoyable and productive discussion(which i haven't done justice with my babble)
What we wanted to do was to set out some points to the other Urbanians who couldn't attend. Get some feedback and reach a concensus to move forward.
so to sketcgh out some points;
* How do we feel about the proposal to create a physical modular structure within a space at the Rochelle? It would act as a base for the collective.
* Will we all work collectively all the time or will we have individual projects in addition to the collective's project? Do we have to set these ideas out now or leave it open?
* will we all live and work in the space? If so, how do we negotiate this?
* Do you have any suggestions for how this structure might operate or be organised?
* With regards to final Agri TV presentation, How do you feel about the idea of a series of short Broadcast interventions, like bulletins to punctuate the overall Agri project as opposed to a single broadcast presentation.
These were some of the main points for discussion, i may have missed some out. Iris or Helen please feel free to add and edit this section.
Hopefully at the next meeting we can can reach some conclusions.
Cheers Harold xx
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