Tate Modern Workshop

Ideas for Civic Action with Spatial Engagement Network

Urban Studies Centres Collage by Sol Perez-Martinez

Explore how to engage critically with our urban environment

This one-day symposium at Tate Exchange, hosted as part of the School of Civic Action by public works, will explore ways to engage critically with our urban environment. Throughout three sessions participants will discuss spaces and methods proposed to foster meaningful relations between people and the places where they live.

Ideas for Civic Action, will bring together practitioners, researchers and community groups who have worked connecting people with their surroundings in order to share practices and discuss further action. The event will showcase initiatives where architects have been aware of the social and political implications of their work, aiming to encourage a more conscious way of practice which serves community interests.

Following the symposium, a final shared event in collaboration with Just Space, public works and Umeå School of Architecture, will discuss current projects where communities across London are taking action over their local areas and will draw conclusions from the day’s parallel events.


The Spatial Engagement Network seeks to connect researchers and practitioners interested in pedagogy, places and politics across University College London and beyond. Based at the Bartlett School of Architecture, it offers sessions to promote socially and politically aware research and practice in architecture and other built environment professions. Founded and coordinated by Sol Perez Martinez, the network supports researchers at the crossroads between environment, civic engagement and education creating a space to discuss the role of design in learning and politics, and vice-versa. The Spatial Engagement Network is an initiative funded by The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL.

Tate Modern

Tate Exchange

Blavatnik Building, Level 5

London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

21 July 2018 at 12.00–20.00