Utopographies 1


Site specific design workshops

Led in partnership with Charlotte Knox-WIlliams
Part of Utopographies: Evaluation, Consensus and Location
Critical Practice, University of the Arts London


Utopographies : Evaluation, Consensus and Location

Utopography refers to the projection and criticism of ideal societies, the interactions of space and temporal narrative, the creation of social dreams and the reality of working within and through the urban environment of the present. The two day Utopographies event will encourage alternative forms of discussion on these themes, not presentations delivered to a passive audience. Collaboration is not only encouraged but offers an exemplary model. 

The event will be shaped by the collaborative creation of a spatial environment which will need to reflect and facilitate these different forms of discussion.


Workshop 1

Series of collaborative activities to identify central concepts through; creating a utopian narrative around an object, disassembling this and communally reassembling critical terms, iterating this process and translating these into drawings, then interpreting these spatially

Critical Outcomes: 

 How can we design to facilitate collaboration? 

How can we reflect the intentions of a conference dedicated to the discussion of utopian space in the both the staging and the production of the site of discussion?

The development of the working practices and design process for the event space will be a collaborative one to reflect the ethos of the event. Participants in the design will question how the staging of this event provides the structures necessary for building utopian processes.

The event space will be responsive, able to be adapted or reconfigured by the participants of the event, to suit the intent or atmosphere of their session. 


Participants who answer this invitation to collaborate will engage in the framing of critical questions, and collaborative working practices as well as the design and production of the event space.