The good the bad and the beautiful

An illegal street piece by Banksy


Can graffiti be managed smarter in Europe? How could we best share knowledge and equipcommunities to design more community-aware andresource-efficient approaches that are really ‘fit forpurpose’ and context? How might responses and actions related to graffitiand graffiti vandalism help to better promote the‘pro-social’ as well mitigate ‘anti-social’? How will we know which communities are actuallyaffected by a particular instance of graffiti andwhich are best served by strident crime preventionapproaches to managing graffiti and street art? Would Graffolution be the solution? 

These are some of the points that will be debated in London on the 15 December 2015 at Central Saint Martin, during a meeting hosted by the Design Against Crime Research Centre (DACRC) at UAL, in collaboration with SYNYO (Vienna), Sine (Munich) and Eticas (Barcelona).



08:45              Coffee and registration

09.15              Welcome & introduction  – UAL  & SYNYO

09.30              Keynote  - Adam Cooper (Greater London Authority) on balancing the cultures, values and challenges of street art and graffiti
                       Follow-on panel with Cameron McAuliffe (Sydney) and Pedro Soares Neves (Lisbon) on mitigating conflicts and increasing pro-social opportunities between agendas around graffiti, graffiti vandalism and street art

10:45              Break

11:00              What is Graffolution – A new platform takes off in Europe - SYNYO

11.20              What Graffolution research learnt from:
                       - Interviews and new knowledge about graffiti in Europe - Sine
                       - Graffiti, agonism and design - case studies and persona mapping - UAL Open discussion chaired by Eticas

12:00              Workshop 1 – Trialing the platform – hosted by SYNYO, Sine, Eticas and UAL

                       Followed by feedback from workshop groups, chaired by the Graffolution team

13:15              Lunch

14:00              Workshop 2 - Graffiti Human Library as feedback/critique of Graffolution with Keynotes, potential end-users and Graffolution expert-advisors hosted by Lorraine Gamman and team

15:30              Break

15:45              Open feedback session from Graffiti Human Library

16:15              What next and how for Graffolution?  - Eticas, Sine and SYNYO on Graffolution final developments and how you can be involved in what happens next

17.00              Thanks and close –  SYNYO & UAL

                       Evening Keynote sessions - open to the public (free with registration)

                       If you can only attend the evening keynote sessions please follow this link to book your place.

17:30              Pedro Soares Neves (Urban Creativity & Fellow of Management and Technology at Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa) UPark, Street Art & Urban Creativity

18:00              Cameron McAuliffe (University of Western Sydney) Regimes of value and graffiti: celebrating diversity or enforcing difference?

18:30               Open discussion and responses to the day

19:00               Drinks reception


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