2015 - 2017

Ecole_IG is a two year long european wide knowledge exhanchange programme funded by the EU Erasmus+ Programme. It's six partners will run a local and trans-local workshop programme to nurture intre-generational exhange, trans-local network and local entrepreneurial projects by young Europeans.

The partners are Stiftung Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst in Leipzig (D), Myvillages (NL), University of Sheffield (UK), aaa (F), Brave New Alpes (I) and APTNV (RO). All partners have a long-standing practice and understanding for how to work with local communities and resources in order to generate tangible knowlledge transfer and kick-start local projects with an impact.

Ecole_IG grew out the The Eco Nomadic School network and has linked with with new partners to develop and grow a european wide network of informal knowledge transfer and strengthening local initiatives.

The Eco Nomadic School as an ongoing programme (2011 - 2015) grew out of the Rhyzom fieldtrips and workshops in 2009/10. The programme facilitates mutual teaching and learning through a series of seminars, workshops and live projects organised by each partner of the Eco Nomadic School and in close collaboration with local interest and community groups.

The nomadic and temporary school for mutual learning and teaching of eco-civic practices in different regions of Europe will reinforce democratic values by the transfer of skills and knowledge on issues of resilience in different urban contexts, involving participants of diverse ages and social and cultural backgrounds.  The project is based on a partnership between 4 organisations already activating in the transmission of ecological skills and knowledge: (AAA-FR, AGENCY/ UoS-UK, MyVillage-AL and FCDL-RO) and takes support from the EU network RHYZOM, in which these partners are involved.


Co-produced Resilience, R-Urban (FR), June 2017

Thursday 15th June

13h-18h : Camping-Forum organized by “Yes we camp” where many organizations to think how to make a city based on sharing. There will be round tables, workshops. You are invited at 5.P.M.
“Yes we camp” explore the possibilities of building, living and using shared spaces by offering innovative, functional and inclusive temporary equipment. https://lesgrandsvoisins.org/

17h : You are invited to present your structure and there are a free aperitif.

Aux Grands Voisins, 82 Avenue Denfert-Rochereau, 75014 Paris

21h : Diner at “La Nouvelle Cantine”
25 Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle, 75010 Paris


Friday 16th June

The Bagneux’s Agrocité is a project developed by a partnership between AAA, City Council of Bagneux and local associations such as Bagneux Environnement, CRAC, the district office and some other associations. The aim is to develop civic units and to encourage ecological practices such as urban agriculture, re-employment and environmental education. For two years, AAA organizes participatif workshops with the associations to define the uses of the parcel and the building. The building permit was deposited and we started the gardens in order to allow the inhabitants and associations to get involved already in concrete way in the project.

10h-12h : Introduction and installation of the Bagneux’s Agrocité :
+ Presentation of Agrocité
+ Presentation of workshops and two-day program
+ Recuperation of tools at the district office

12h-13h : Free lunch on site

13h-16h30 : Workshops :
+ Gardening
+ Signage (Drawing and Realisation)
+ Construction (Vertical planter)
23 rue de la Lisette, 92220 Bagneux

18h30-19h30 : Intervention Markus Bader of raumlabor : Learning Participation
Markus Bader is member and co-founder of Raumlaborberlin, an architectural collective renowned for its cross-cutting work which incorporates architecture, urban planning, art and urban interventions, such as the transformation and revitalisation of the Tempelhof Airport as a public space in Berlin.Markus combines his work as an architect with education, and not just in academia as Professor of Projects at the University of the Arts in Berlin, but also at the Urban School Ruhr, an open university developed by Raumlaborberlin in cooperation with Urbane Künste Ruhr, a learning platform and pedagogical experiment that investigates participative and artistic practices in urban space. With projects such as the Göteborg Sauna, Bader has been nominated for the Kasper Salin Prize, the 2015 National Swedish Architecture Award. http://raumlabor.net/

19h30 : Cocktail reception on site
École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville, 60 Boulevard de la Villette, 75019 Paris
Amphithéâtre Bernard HUET


Saturday 17th June

10h-12h : Follow-up workshops

12h-13h : Lunch on site

13h-17h : Workshops with “Bagneux environnement”:
+ Gardening
+ Wool (Spinning and carding)
+ Construction (Water collector)
23 rue de la Lisette, 92220 Bagneux

18h-19h : Intervention Grace Ndiritu : The Ark : Center for interdisciplinary experimentation
Grace Ndiritu (Kenya/UK) took the radical decision in 2012 only to spend time in the city when necessary, and to otherwise live in rural, alternative and often spiritual communities, while expanding her research into nomadic lifestyles and training in esoteric studies such as shamanism, which she began over 16 years ago. Her research so far has taken her to both Thai and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, permaculture communities in New Zealand, forest tree dwellers in Argentina, neo-tribal festivals such the ‘Burning Man’ in Nevada, a Hare Krishna ashram and the ‘Findhorn’ New Age community in Scotland. http://www.gracendiritu.com/

19h : Cocktail reception on site
56 Rue Saint-Blaise, Paris 75020

Sunday 18th June

10h-14h : « Fête de la récup’ » Repair Fair - guided visit with Camille ROGNANT, member of REFER (Le réseau des acteurs du Réemploi en Île-de-France)
48 rue Vieille du Temple, 75004 Paris


Monday 19th June
All the day there are visits differents connected project in Paris by groups.

Learn to Act Conference, Sheffield (UK), 6 June 2017


Learn to Act is a one-day, international workshop to explore the growing movement of alternative education projects taking root across our communities. We’re bringing together a group of practitioners and teachers from across Europe, to ask:

How do you set up an alternative school to engage communities? What’s the value of informal learning and teaching? Can we understand these practices in terms of a civic pedagogy? How can we teach each other if we don’t speak the same language, if we have different cultural and social backgrounds? How such pedagogy can gain recognition?

We’ll be showcasing projects as diverse as container universities, refugee classrooms and rural peer-to-peer learning networks. And we’ll be talking about our experiences running one such project: the Eco-Nomadic School, a trans-European network of local projects, across 7 countries, during which we have been teaching and learning from each other since 2007.



10.30 – 11.00

11.00 – 11.45
Doina Petrescu
(University of Sheffield School of Architecture/AAA Paris) and Kathrin Böhm (MyVillages/Company Drinks) introduce the day and the Eco-Nomadic School.

11.45 – 12.30
Keynote from Ruth Morrow (Queens University Belfast) on learning outside the formal school environment.

12.30 – 1.30

1.30 – 3.30
Short talks on civic pedagogy including:
- Lise Autogena (Sheffield Hallam University/Christiana Research in Residence, Copenhagen) on setting up an education programme in a self organised community. (TBC)
- Martin Parker (School of Organisation, University of Leicester) on ‘What’s wrong with the business school?’
- Julia Udall (Studio Polpo/Sheffield Hallam University) on solidarity economies and ecologies
- Viviana Checchia, Public Engagement Curator at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

3.30 – 4.00

4.00 – 5.30
Hands-on workshops on the wider context of alternative education in our communities. 10 minute presentation, 40 minutes discussion, 10 minutes summary. Led by practitioners including:
- Meike Schalk, Associate Professor in Urban Design and Urban Theory, KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm
- Paul Stewart (Alternative Art College) asks ‘Are alternative art schools just a proliferation of the neoliberal single market?’
- Valeria Graziano (Cultural theorist, practitioner and educator, Middlesex University, London) & Janna Graham (Lecturer, Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths) ask ‘What would the post-capitalist university feel like?’
- Matt Weston (Spacemakers/The Brighton School) asks ‘Are Universities Doomed?’
- Steyn Bergs, former Media & Research Coordinator, Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory.
- Silviu Medesan & Laura Panait (La Terenuri, Romania)

You are invited to actively take part in peer-to-peer workshops we will be running during this day.  

5.30 – 6.00
Reconvene for summaries of workshops and closing remarks.

6.15 – 8.00
Communal dinner in Foodhall, a local social space and food-waste kitchen. All welcome.



Professor Doina Petrescu
Kathrin Bohm
Tom James

Shared lunch provided

The event is supported by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and SSoA – University of Sheffield.


Where Does Art Go, Seminar, Leipzig (DE), December 2016


Strategies and realities of making art part of everyday knowledge exchange

GfZK Leipzig invites you to a two day seminar as part of Ecole_IG

2nd and 3rd  December 2016
GfZK, Leipzig, Germany


Civic University, London, October 2017


Organisé par un groupe d’étudiants de l’université de Sheffield dans le cadre de leur live project nommé Civic University, le workshop « knowledge hub » a réuni pour une série de masterclass et de visites des étudiants et des chercheurs de l’université de Sheffield, des membres de Public Works, de R-Urban Wick et de AAA (France) autour de la question des outils de partage et d’échanges informels de connaissances.

Community Economies Research and Resource Centre, Rovereto (IT), 18-23 October 2016

COMUNfARE explores what it means to live in common, through investigations across Europe and the development of proposals for a site in Northern Italy. During the week in Rovereto, we will work on establishing a community-based research-and-resource centre through which to intervene -- locally and trans-locally, through ideas and production -- in the realms of commons and community economies.

Treasures of Beesterzwaag Workshop, Friesland (NL), July 2016

Goal: General learning about the cultural history and village life in this part of Friesland with a focus on maintained and new local production in the Opsterland area. Our learning methods are oral history, representation of the local, storytelling and the sharing of production skills. The final two days we were also a part of the Art and Craft weekend Beetsterzwaag – which is a local event run by volunteers in the village. We presented an International Village Shop with special made and gathered local produce and made a meeting room in Kunsthuis SYB were we exchanged ideas and knowledge with a broader audience.

Languages: Frisian, Dutch, English and German.

Odaja Culture and Traditional Skills, Brezoi (RO), 5-9 May 2016

The main theme for the five day workshop is Wool Processing and Traditional Wood Tiles.

We'll have a step-by-step workshop and will practice all elements of the wool processing activity, from the live sheeps sheering to weaving carpets and clothing items or building insulation.

We will have live demonstrations, experts explanations and museum guided tour.

Interstizi Reattivi, Rovereto (IT), May to December 2016

During a series of 6 weekends, between May and December 2016, we are visiting bottom-up initiatives of self-organised economies such as around food production, housing, cultural production. On Saturday, we go on fieldtrips to visit intiatives in Northern Italy and Austria, while on Sundays we run workshops to collectively develop each participants project idea.

Agricultual Pasts and Futures, Leipzig (DE), September 2015

Ecole_IG at GfZK, Leipzig
03. – 07. September 2015

Agricultural Pasts and Futures


The five day workshop programme looks specifically at youg  professionals who work in an agricultural context, addressing four of the main Ecole_IG topics:


- Need to GROW LOCAL COMPETENCE for all generations with a focus on young people



The activities, fieldtrips and discussions during the workshop aims to bridge traditional agricultural methods and identities with contemporary ambitions and technologies.

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