The SCIBE team in Reykjavík is to kick off a workshop in cooperation with the planning department at the Agricultural University of Iceland and EMU (the European Postmaster of Urbanism) on 15 September 2012. A strong international team of students and three instructors from EMU, including Professor Tjallingii from TUDelft and Paola Viganò from the Università IUaV of Venice will be participating with a strong ecological focus. The workshop starts with a day in Keldnaholt, Reykajvík where there will be an introduction to the challenges in the Reykjavík capital area. Icelandic experts on urban systems, water, food, transport, ecology, planning policies, geography, climate and economy will contribute with their knowledge and insights. The following day there will be visits to case study sites and visits to local agents of change, who have long experience experimenting with alternative practises on the edge of town. The 10 days long workshop will end with a final review and an exhibition in the Nordic House in Reykjavík on September 24th.
The SCIBE Reykjavik blog has been upgraded and will be used as a tool in the workshop.
On 22 September 2012, SCIBE Reykjavík has invited several local researchers and practitioners to a day-long seminar. The objective is to add to our understanding of the forces that shape the urban environment of the Reykjavík Captial Area before and after the financial meltdown, in search for design strategies for a more resilient milieu. This will be a great opportunity for the scibe project to learn from what has been done in this field on site, and an opportunity for local capacities to present their findings to a broader audience. The seminar will be held at a cultural institution with an ambitious teaching and exhibition agenda, presently in progress at Austur-Meðalholt under the name Íslenski bærinn (the Traditional Icelandic Farmhouse). The seminar will be in English.