Friday, 16 December 2011

Common Grounds: On Site

An open call for active participation in an alternative research event.

This will be an opportunity to collaborate with other early-career researchers and explore what it means to be a situated/active researcher, and what might be gained through a propositional or praxis-led research agenda. Researchers that actively engage on site with people and place are encouraged to apply from any discipline.

Site is loosely defined for this call as follows:

Site as noun:
A position, location, place, situation or locality. Somewhere demarcated or appropriated as a locus for future construction, work or study.

Site as verb:
To place, situate, set, locate, position or station. (Also to notionally inhabit?)

Further constructing the meanings and connotations of site for multidisciplinary research is an intended outcome of the event.

This event will involve the testing of site-based methodologies in real-time on a real site and so two-part proposals are sought for:

1. a way of working that actively explores the relationship between people and site (50 words max.)
2. a site to locate cross-disciplinary investigations into methodologies that critically explore the relationship between people and place.

Proposals are welcomed via email to the organisers:
c.butterworth[at] & adam.park[at]

If you have questions or would like to get involved in the wider discussion about this event, please comment here, or contact GAS via twitter @GAS_sheffield

This is the second event in the Common Grounds series, an annual colloquium for post-graduate students and early career researchers exploring methodologies for researching architecture and the built environment, with an emphasis on collaborative research incorporating innovative practice and activist methods.

Common Grounds’ is a self-organised and student-led initiative. It is not affiliated to a particular institution, but puts forward a non-hierarchical, collaborative way of working and placing value in research which can be appropriated by future participants and organisers.

This second colloquium, ‘Common Grounds: On Site’, is organised and hosted through GAS, the University of Sheffield Graduate Architectural Society.

Monday, 28 November 2011

GAS film nights - Wednesday 30th November

As a continuation of the "GAS film nights" which have started within the school, the event on Wednesday 30th November will be the screening of Andrey Tarkovsky's film "Stalker" (1979). It will take place in a disused space in the area around Kelham Island Industrial Museum. We will meet at the "Fat Cat" pub [23 Alma Street] at 3:00 pm and then move on to the screening location nearby. The film will be followed by a round of discussions about means of appropriating disused spaces, back at the "Fat Cat".

More information can be found on:

GAS Lunchtime Meetings - meet, eat, discuss and digest

A series of weekly lunchtime meetings has been set up. These will take place every Wednesday, at 1 pm, in the social space on floor 9. The first of these lunchtime meetings will be this Wednesday, 30th November. Hopefully more of us will attend this time - this should also be an opportunity to meet each other.

These weekly meetings are thought to be a place where we can all meet, eat, discuss and digest concerns and findings related to our research, in a very relaxed, informal way.

The GAS lunch could also be an occasion to take a break away from our own individual and lonely research and get quick criticism and creative feedback from the others. Discussion topics can be announced in advance, and whoever wants to improve their public speaker skills, can do this by giving a short presentation in a friendly lunchtime atmosphere, within... GAS. :o)

Friday, 25 November 2011

Graduate Architectural Society
( the rebranding of PGAS!)

Jay will produce a graphic identity - but we need a strapline, or an explanation!


And GAS stands for ...

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Things we talked about this Wed

- Talks series (monthly?) : finished PhD / external speaker / current PhD / invite people
- Lunch time : get together, informal chat, Wednesdays? 
- Spring colloquium (Adam+Carolyn about 'site' ?)

Thank you all! Let me know if the blog is working.

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