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RECOMS fellow to co-create Coventry Canal with art

Sergio Ruiz Cayuela works in Coventry, UK to create ownership of the Coventry canal and its surroundings with local communities and to celebrate the Coventry Canal from a multicultural perspective as well as to raise awareness of the environmental value of the waterway. Apart from the "Reclaiming the Coventry festival" organized in the summertime, he also recently held an arts workshop with local participants a few weeks ago.

SUSPLACE project's synthesis report on sustainable places is available now

The synthesis report of the SUSPLACE project - edited by prof. Ina Horlings - provides a summary of the SUSPLACE findings for a wide audience, structured by the What, Why and How of sustainable place-shaping. Additionally it includes a description of our joint SUSPLACE learning journey of 15 projects and highlights outputs, such as several videos, a toolkit on creative and arts-based methods and an interactive policy guide on co-creation for practitioners.

Read the full report here:

ESR fellow and mentor discuss how to build the urban commons in new blog post

In a recent blog post publised on 15th October on the platform "Undisciplined Environment", ESR fellow, Sergio Ruiz Cayuela and his mentor, Chiara Tornaghi discuss issues in building the urban commons and explore linkages between communities, common spaces and social reproduction in the construction of post-capitalist alternatives, an issue they co-chaired a panel (“Building the urban commons: exploring the interlink between (non)bo

RECOMS went to Groningen - and painted the town green

RECOMS third training event took place in Groningen, the Netherlands on 10-24 August 2019 with the aim to enable fellows to centre around yet another aspect of "learning by doing" through getting involved with the local communities about sustainable energy. To prepare them for such a task, this event focused on providing training about creative skills, namely "the art of invitation" and theatrical skills.

Using flowers for research

"I joined the CRMC volunteer team at the end of February this year! In the beginning, I joined the advice team for a couple of times then I started joining the women’s group in Hillifield family hub/children’s centre. Most of the women in this group have limited knowledge in the English language, but they are all motivated and committed to learning this language and they are from different countries from all over the world! You can easily feel the positive energy within this group, participants and volunteers are all willing to learn from each other.

It is more than food waste!

"What do you see here? A bunch of rubbish or food waste, if you like to be precise. Regardless of the used term, it is just trash right!? I was thinking the same until I came across a fascinating idea during my search for simple ecological practices that can reduce our waste generation. These practices include using recycled materials, reusing materials and the one that I am going to talk about in this post re-growing food waste. The more I read about plants and food growing, the more I realize how plants are incredible living organisms!

ON THE ART OF NOT FOCUSING ON ANSWERS

"What is then the right approach towards complex problems? Instead of focusing on answers, the attention should be put on the specific inquiries from which they derive. The SUSPLACE FINAL EVENT has been a sort of Socratic session. The right questions, rather than accurate answers, have been the key findings of the whole conference.

'Reclaiming the Coventry Canal’

Sergio's project, ‘Reclaiming the Coventry Canal’ is a joint effort of Coventry University's CAWR, University of Warwick  and The Coventry Peace House and is realised within the frame of the RECOMS project. The aim of the project is to organise a festival in which the local community will reclaim the Coventry Canal while highlighting its historical, environmental and cultural value. The festival will be co-organised among researchers, local organisations and members of the community through a series of workshops.

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