What is the Live Project Live Project?

This live project will take place within the framework of the European Platform for Alternative Research and Action in the City, a ‘Culture 2000′ European Union funded project, which runs as a partnership between atelier d’architecture autogérée (Paris),  the School of Architecture University of Sheffield, Recyclart (Brussels) and Metrozones (Berlin). The Platform acts as the ‘client’ for this live project. The purpose of this live project is to look at, document and analyze live projects as a specific means to question mainstream architectural practice within the contects of the creation of an international archive that will be open to researchers, practitioners and the wider public.

The ‘Live Project’ live project is about the organisation of a public forum for and about live projects. There might be a project office within the school but also more temporarily occupied and adapted spaces within the city from which activities and events will take place and be organized. This shall offer visibility and enable relationships between all other live projects and different civic initiatives in Sheffield and eslewhere. Building upon the existing live projects archive, the ‘Live Project’ will organize encounters, public debates and small workshops. These events will bring together Sheffield students and academics, pas and present clients, local communities and practitioners with external researchers and activitists involved in the European platform.

The final product could be something to distribute, something durable, something tangible. Maybe a fanzine, a tabloid, or a poster. Something that can document the entire process and will inform future live projects and other creatively engaged practices in the city and beyond. This self-organized live project should become a celebration of alternative ways to practice architecture.

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