Roel Schoenmakers (Cascoland); Netherlands – ‘Gascoland Bread Digester’Roelsml

In the Netherlands, 400,000 loaves of stale bread are trashed each day. In Kolenkitbuurt, West Amsterdam  4 of these loaves power a community kitchen. Here, the community bake and break bread together.  Roel combined his technical product design skills with his beliefs in community to realise this inspiring project

Julia Heslop (artist/writer/activist); UK – ‘Bathore, Albania – a self-build town’Juliasml

For the past two years, Julia has established a close relationship with Bathore, an informal settlement on the fringes of Tirana. What has emerged is clearly a radical grass roots model for development, yet the global conditions that gave rise to Bathore are equally its threat.  Citing Protohome , a community self-build project in Newcastle, Julia will explore learning from Bathore in the context of the UK


Ale González – ; Spain & UK – ‘Libre architecture: bridging the gap between the digital and the physical’Alesml

Ale  is an architect, programmer and digital artist. His work with wwb, an Andalusian cooperative, assists collective empowerment.  Ale’s discussion explores and connects architectural concepts of hacker culture and the open source movement, providing liberation to bottom-up thinking.


Jon Garbizu – Todoporlapraxis ; Madrid, Spain –TAZ (Temporary Autonomous Zone)Jon

Todoporlapraxis describe themselves as a laboratory of aesthetic projects of cultural resistance, with the ultimate goal of generating a catalogue of tools and socially effective direct action.  Jon will discuss TAZ,  their pop-up participative space in Luxembourg.


Kate Stewart – We Make Places; Liverpool, UK – Rio Visivel – giving voice to the unseen people of Riokatesml

Kate is one of the founding ‘Friends of the Flyover’ and Development Director of We Make Places CIC, enabling and empowering communities to take control of spaces and places in their communities. Kate will speak of her recent participative art project in Rio de Janiero, as part of Lab Criativo, using positive narrative to give voice to unseen communities and minorities. As diverse communities in a global context, what can we learn from one another?


Evert Verhagen; Creative Cities; Netherlands – Westergasfabriek Culture ParkEvertsml

Between 1990-2005, as project manager for Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek, a community park on a significant brownfield site,  Evert drove a commissioning process with community input at its core. Evert works as a strategist with other cities across the globe, assisting in transformation.  Reflecting on Westergasfabriek, Evert will offer his thoughts on transformation in the current context.