Exhibition Issue # 1
The first PUSH Research Exhibition took place as a closed event at the first transnational project workshop in Copenhagen, 3-5 September 2019, where all academic partners and associated partners met for the first time.
PUSH Research Exhibition Issue # 1 visualises the content and methodological structure of the project and thus establishes a platform for sharing and debating content and methods. It shows the five cases of social housing (by aerial photos, typical plans and sections, and fact sheets) and initial explorations of publicness on these estates guided by four analytical categories – democracy, heritage, policies/practices, and informality – each with its own colour code. A wallpaper format displayed all the material on one long wall enabling us to perceive and discuss potential connections across cases and categories.
With the wallpaper format, the first exhibition also developed and tested an adaptable format for all future PUSH exhibitions. The format of the wallpaper can convey many different types of content including photos, architectural drawings, maps, statistical data, and text. The basic format is A3 paper prints which can be easily and inexpensively reproduced on any office printer and placed in many different spaces.
Exhibition Issue # 2
The second PUSH research exhibition took place at the second transnational project workshop in Naples, 27-29 January 2020. The exhibition was open to local partners, staff, students and invited guests.
PUSH Research Exhibition Issue # 1 deals with publicness and informality. We proposed to engage the exhibition as a critical space where we confront and discuss ideas and analytical categories in a loosely structured and yet thought-provoking perspective. We didn’t want to have a preventive agreement about what informal publicness is. We’d rather explore publicness and informality through differences rising from different contexts, cultures and research perspectives involved in our project.
This exhibition is an open conversation on differences and similarities, contradictions and critical dimensions on which we can all reflect and learn to develop a critical understanding of informal publicness. So, to contribute to the exhibition, we asked each research team just one (apparently simple) question: what do you understand as informal publicness in your cases?