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City Co-Labs: Re-Making Place Civic Hack

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Our City Co-Labs series explores how future cities will emerge through radical collaborations across disciplines, from tech and architecture to design and activism – looking at local concerns to challenge wider urban issues around sustainability, accessibility and social change.

Our Re-Making Place Civic Hack in partnership with the Northbank BID, part of London Festival of Architecture, will explore how citizens interact with each other and with the public spaces within our cities.

How can we create new conversations around the use of public space in cities in terms of inclusion, interaction and civic good?

Friday 28th June, 7pm: Civic Hack Activation Session
Saturday 29th June, 2pm and 4pm: Civic Hack Drop-In Sessions
Sunday 30th June, 2pm and 4pm: Civic Hack Drop-in Sessions

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ACTIVATION SESSION
Friday 28th June, 7pm-8.30pm
River Rooms, New Wing, Somerset House (Waterloo Bridge entrance), WC2R1LA London

In our Activation session, designers, architects and activists will explore different approaches to inclusivity, interaction and place-making in public city spaces, from activism and inclusion to challenging architecture’s social and political role.

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Nassia Inglessis, Studio INI
Nassia Inglessis is a Design Engineer based in London and Athens who founded Studio INI as an experimental design studio with a human centric approach to explore matter in the context of cognition. Nassia and the designers of Studio INI are naturally driven to design at the forefront of science and engage through art, across the working themes of matter, mind and nature.

Sam Roots
Sam Roots is a designer and maker with a background in engineering, biotech and business. He is working with Imperial College to develop the theory and practice of ritual design and is interested in how behavioural and system-level outcomes relate to the design of a product or technology. This has implications for design ethics, sustainability and human wellbeing. Sam is interested in issues related to design for disability and “Inclusive design”.

Inês Marques
Inês Marques is a London-based designer that completed her Masters at Central Saint Martins – University Arts of London on Material Futures course that explores the intersection between design, craft, science and technology. Ines finished her BA at Fine Arts University of Lisbon, Portugal on Multimedia Art - Installation and Performance. Inês co-founded the project D-ACT with designer Valentina Coraglia that aims to preserve the notion of heritage, history and identity. She is part of The Future of Walking, who formed after being the runner-up winners for our last Air Pollution Hack for their air-filtering shoe proposal.

CIVIC HACK DROP-IN SESSIONS
Saturday 29th June and Sunday 30th June at 2pm and 4pm

River Rooms, New Wing, Somerset House (Waterloo Bridge entrance), WC2R1LA London

Makerversity’s Civic Hacks address the big social issues of our time. Fostering collaboration between makers and the public, we explore design’s role in creating radical solutions to the problems we face. The Civic Hack will be exploring the future city via the way we use and design its public spaces. In partnership with the Northbank BID, their ongoing project to pedestrianise the Strand-Aldwych area will be used as a starting point to develop innovative ideas and conversations around the function of public city spaces in London and beyond.

We are inviting makers across a range of disciplines, from tech to architecture and product design, to come up with new tools, systems and solutions create new products, systems and design tools which seek to re-imagine the function of public space in the city of the future. Three briefs will focus on different problems and solutions to re-design and re-imagine these spaces:

How can we design interventions which improve inclusion and collaboration in city public space?

How do we use technology to improve the ways we navigate the city and interact with each other?

How do we place-make and develop cities for civic benefit?

We will be opening the Civic Hack to the public so that everyone can come and express their use of public space in London. Sign up to our hack drop-in session to have your say about these different issues!


The design processes and outcomes of the Hack will be displayed in an exhibition in Somerset House in September, during London Design Festival. The winning team for the Civic Hack will receive a cash prize of 1000£ and a 6-month Northbank BID residency at Makerversity to develop their project. To take part in the all-weekend Hack, sign up here!


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