Training for Community Dialogue
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Mejl: Per.Herngren (snabel-a) gmail.com
|The problems of power and democracy in community dialogue
training for architects and city planners
The view of communication has been stuck in the metaphors of transport and representation. The philosophy of Deleuze regards communication as a stream passing by, rather than as transport from A-B (community- architect, architect-community): We will train techniques for intensifying communication (Deleuze), rather than interviewing local people about their view. The dialogue with the community will be part of actual becoming rather than to look for authentic representations. The purpose is production of problems rather than asking for solutions-ready-to-use. Deleuze understands community democracy as becoming democracy rather than representation of attitude.
A dialogue between architects and a local community will be part of different local and global power structures, and it will create its own power. We will train practical tools for counteracting power sexism, racism, classism, intellectualism, ableism. The tools are developed from the power criticism by Foucault and in feminist theory.
Nonlinear quick exercises in project teams
Use rounds before free discussion.
Secretary writes down ideas on different papers and put them on the wall.
On one map per team: use color to draw different flows: speed, rest.
Each members in the team will imagine different flows and draw them on the map: children to school, smaller children, children with a parent, young people different ages, leaving for job, coming for job.
Mark intersections between different flows.
Use the flow-map and micro-square-map and make some bifurcations. Bifurcations could create new connections, contacts, friendship, comfort, safe places.
Use the same map to mark different (possible) micro-squares in Hammarkullen. (Wash houses, meeting places in a back yard, at a parking lot, benches, intersections.)
Intensify and develop micro squares
Molecules, composition, assemblage rather the holistic or atomistic thinking.
Molecule: change the quality of the different parts when connecting them. Parts are intensifying each other.
Different teams create molecules. Each place has to change each other, intensify each other in some way to make it into a molecule:
Affect as an attractive force, and as a motor.
Build places which create affect as a pull force, attractive force.
Make a place where the Hammarkullen carnival can create affect the year around (not only in May).
Create nonlinear projects
Use a nonlinear thinking to create a few design projects in each team, at least one for each member in the team.
Divide the projects in the team. Each member in the team will describe at least one idea on a paper, analyse flow, possible bifurcations and molecules, affect forces. Use different papers for each idea.
Look at each others papers and add more ideas which would be written on the paper.
Define design projects
The vibes watcher change team. In the new team, s/he becomes the external consultant which is hired by the team (and s/he also becomes the new vibes watcher in the team).
The external consultant will define the ideas into projects in dialog with the team.
The consultant will with some help from the meeting facilitator create a process: Both ask the team about what is done, and define the next step.
The secretary writes it down on papers and put it on the wall. (Different paper for each project.)
Create positive and constructive problems
14 The power intervener/time watcher meets with Jenny and Per.
What is the difference between positive or negative problems, creating value or filling an absence and a lack of something?
14:20 the power intervener/time watcher change team and becomes the client (the one paying). The client will ask the team to solve positive problems for each project (do this in dialogue with the team).
Put the positive problems on the wall under the connecting projects.
Apply for projects
Apply for three projects (not more than 1/3 page for each project).
In your application put your name, experience.
What can you contribute with in this specific project?
What value do you think these projects can create?
What connections (bifurcations, molecules, compositions) can be built in the projects?
This course is developed from an international training Per Herngren hold for architects 2008 and 2009.
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