Evening Salons: Migrating Knowledge, Stories and Opportunities
At the Hotel Emblem, reSITE held three events for the general public. This included two salon discussions and an integration workshop, all supported by the Czech-German Future Fund and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
June 16-17, 2016 / The Emblem Hotel, Prague
reSITE 2016: Cities in Migration hosted 2 evening salons and 1 public workshop in collaboration with the Maharal Club at the internationally recognized Emblem Hotel.
On June 16-17th 2016 reSITE festival hosted two evening salons. The first salon called "Migrating Knowledge. Emergent City: Designing for Diverse Community" focused on the question of how architecture and culture can help to design for diversity. The event moderated by Philip Horst the co-founder of Center for Arts and Urbanistics (Z/KU) in Berlin, Germany.
The workshop "Migrating Opportunities: Participation Matters" also took place on the June 16th. reSITE festival hosted the strategic integration workshop (not only) for city administrations and interested parties. The event emphasized that European cities need to prioritise the main areas of action in the field of immigrant integration. The speakers presented and discussed what practical participatory tools in selected Czech cities could achieve this aim. Jakob Hurrle from the Statutory Board of Multicultural Center in Prague moderated the workshop. The experts Jan Dítko, the coordinator of the project "Together Against Racism" of Multicultural Center in Prague and Lenka Šafránková Pavlíčková, the counselor on migration and refugees in Brno, Czech Republic also participated in the workshop.
The series of two-days events ended with the second evening salon called "Migrating Stories, Diverse Community: Benefits of Living Together" at the reSITE 2016 festival. The participants discussed the benefits of different societal groups living together in cities. It was moderated by Mónica Márquez Bobadilla an intercultural worker for Spanish and English speaking migrants for the Association for intercultural work in Prague, Czech Republic.
reSITE 2016 Salons Participants
Migrating Stories, Diverse Community: Benefits of Living Together
Marcus Westbury (Founder, Creative Director, Renew Newcastle, Melbourne, Australia), Marta Siciarek (Director, Immigrant Support Center, Gdansk, Poland), Berthold Franke (Regional Director for Central Eastern Europe, Goethe-Institut Prag, Prague, Czech Republic), Alen Kovačević (Project Coordinator and Partnerships Coordinator, Integration Centre, Prague, Czech Republic)
Migrating Knowledge. Emergent City: Designing for Diverse Community
Martin Klamt (Department of Urban Planning and Building Regulation, Munich, Germany), Miriam Lišková (Co-founder, SLLA Architects, Bratislava, Slovakia) & Michal Sulo (Co-founder, SLLA Architects, Bratislava, Slovakia), Mimi Hoang (Co-founder, director, nArchitects, New York, USA), David Kašpar (Project manager, k r e p – concepts, advocacy and innovation of culture in Prague, Prague Institute of Planning and Development, Prague, Czech Republic), Charlot Schans (Project Leader, New Europe – Cities in Transition, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Mimi Hoang, founder of nArchitects, discusses public space versus domestic space and affordable housing. She believes that the urban environment should encourage people to spend time in it and make the city space their own.
Marcus Westbury’s initiatives, Renew Newcastle and Renew Australia, are aimed at city revitalization through short and medium-term creative uses of spaces that are currently vacant and disused, or awaiting redevelopment.
Highlights from reSITE 2016: Cities in Migration. reSITE's conference invited experts from all over the world to discuss how migration interacts with urbanism and the makeup of cities.
Miri Barbero-Elkayam directs Mesila, the Aid, Treatment and Information Center for Migrant Workers and Refugees in Tel Aviv. Asylum seekers often face difficulties because of their legal status, and Mesila aims to help children at risk first and then the larger migrant community.