United Kingdom, Glasgow

Test Unit - Art, Design, Architecture & The City

when 3 July 2016 - 9 July 2016
language English
duration 1 week
fee GBP 175

Application deadline, Monday 6th June @ 10am
Test Unit is an art, design, architecture & the city summer school & events programme that will:

– Prototype ideas in public space to inform urban development

– Build knowledge and skills for participants to initiate future grass-roots projects

– Place culture, people and education at the heart of regeneration

– Build a temporary structure that will be used as the hub for the week’s activities and events

The summer school consists of a week-long intensive programme of designing, building and testing ideas, which will be supplemented by an evening programme of public talks from speakers across Europe and Scotland.

Course leader

Neil McGuire, A Feral Studio
Rebecca Davies, Oasis Social Club
Kate Darby, Invisible Studio

Target group

We believe in the value of peer-learning so we are keen to create cross disciplinary teams of mixed experience for the summer school. Test Unit is open to anyone; student, graduate, professional or member of the public.

The key areas of exploration will be art, design, architecture, events, planning, city development, production and community engagement.

Course aim

Prototyping ideas in public space to inform urban development:
How do we translate research of urban issues into cheap and effective means of testing ideas with live audiences? The summer school will take ideas from conception to realisation through a week long build-test-learn development cycle. The events programme will explore how iterative prototyping is being used with other sectors (specifically tech and product) and how this can inform urban design processes.

Building capacity to initiate grass-roots projects:
We will question traditional ‘top-down’ approaches to regeneration. Test Unit will act as an urban laboratory exploring how creative projects can be initiated and supported.

Placing culture, people and education at the heart of regeneration:
We will explore the intersection between art, architecture, design, events and city development. We aim to create an open forum for critical dialogue and peer-to-peer learning for all participants, partners, local stakeholders and audiences.

Fee info

GBP 175: For students currently in education
Application deadline, Monday 6th June @ 10am
GBP 350: For professionals currently working in industry, who are attending as part of their CPD.