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Reprogramming the City: Opportunities for Urban Infrastructure


Lecturer: Scott Burnham
For whom: architects, urban strategists, designers, photographers, journalists – everyone who would like to discover the hidden potential of the city and brainstorm and develop new uses and functions for existing urban structures, surfaces and systems
Number of participants: 30
When: 11.10 (Sunday), 13:00-15:30 and 17:00-19:00
Where: Festival Centre 1, Tymienieckiego street 3
Fee: Multi-entrance ticket required
Registration: online registration required

ATTENTION! The workshops will be held in English!
We also invite you for the Scott’s lecture, which will be held at 10.10 (Saturday), at 11:00 in the lecture room
(Festival Centre 1, Tymienieckiego Str. 3).

Reprogramming The City: Opportunities for Urban Infrastructure, is a global overview of ways in which existing urban infrastructure is being re-imagined, re-purposed and re-invented to do more in the city. It’s a collection of ideas and catalyst for new ways of thinking about how cities can do more with the structures, surfaces and systems they already have. The exhibition, workshops and lecture series premiered at the Boston Society of Architects’ BSA Space Gallery in 2013 with later versions created for the cities of Copenhagen, Denmark, and Stockholm, Sweden. Reprogramming the City is an illustration of Scott’s belief that the city holds a vast amount of untapped ability. The structures, surfaces, objects and systems that underpin its daily operations have the potential to do more, to perform an alternate function, or assume an entirely new role in the mechanism
of the city. Reprogramming The City explores a new paradigm of urban creativity and resourcefulness that treats the hardware of the city as a platform of opportunity, and infrastructure not as the end result of a previous creative process, but the beginning of a new one.

The all-day workshop with Scott will be held in three stages. The first of these is a summary of the “Reprogramming the City” project and its objectives, followed by an analysis of previous projects. The next step will be exploring the city – just to emerge opportunities and ideal points in the city, which can be reprogrammed. The last stage of the workshop will be “brainstorm” – Scott with the participants will analyze opportunities and ideas that were born in the minds of the participants during the trip and will develop an action plan so that finally created a kind of guide of the ideas that can be implemented in the city. However, this will only the outline of the whole project. Participants will work on their projects after the lecture, supported by Scott, who will be available to them by Internet (Skype, e-mail). Throughout the year, Scott will help by supporting substantively participants so that eventually present the results of the project in 2016. It will be a collection of ready-to-implement solutions based on the idea of using the existing urban structure.

Scott Burnham is an urban strategist and writer who has engineered initiatives in over a dozen cities worldwide. His most recent initiative, Reprogramming the City, has been created for the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design, Stockholm, Sweden, the Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark, the Boston Society of Architects, Boston, MA, and the Virginia Center for Architecture, Richmond, VA. Other recent initiatives include the Made of Jesolo design initiative for Jesolo, Greater Venice, Italy, where he pioneered a citywide design strategy to reuse and repurpose existing and discarded urban materials, and Urban Play, created for the city of Amsterdam, and Bairro Criativo created for Porto, Portugal. He is also the author of Finding the Truth in Systems: In Praise of Design Hacking, and a contributor to a number of publications ranging from The Guardian to Architizer.
He has created and curated more than 30 exhibitions in eight cities and five countries on topics spanning architecture, urban culture, design and urban innovation. In recognition of his work, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce in London in 2010.


11.10 Sunday
17:00 - 19:00
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Festival Centre 1
Łódź, 90-360 Polska
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