Do:Tank: Changing Tomorrow by Intervening Today

Part of: a series of workshops for changing urban environment


A workshop with Change AdministrationTomorrow Lab and Partizaning.

Changing Tomorrow by Intervening Today is a workshop that will combine critical analysis with interdisciplinary public space intervention development in order to deploy strategies, as well as tactics, for the revitalization of distressed public areas in Moscow (specific neighborhood is to be determined). The combination of applying critical analysis with maker culture ensures that the working group has a solid understanding of social, environmental, economic, and other issues, while they are developing and implementing an intervention that seeks to yield immediate results, while providing a plan and demonstration of how communities can build on the intervention to create broader change in the future.

Ted Ullrich
Industrial Designer, Interdisciplinary Engineer, and serial entrepreneur who designs, engineers, and develops revolutionary products. Especially simple, beautiful electronic devices that help humanity. In 2010, started Tomorrow Lab ™, a New-York based consultancy that researches, designs, and engineers revolutionary products that steer communities toward a better future.  Helped start Social Bicycles a revolutionary bike share system which puts all mobile communications on the bikes themselves;  Windowfarms, an opensource citizen science project exploring how to provide fresh food to urban dwellers
Aurash Khawarzad
Aurash Khawarzad is a city planner that does design, programming, research, and strategy for communities seeking to improve their built environment. Aurash has worked in local government, the non-profit sector, and has founded an arts collective (DoTank), before founding Change Administration.
2009 – 2012: Planner, Project for Public Spaces, a non-profit that works with communities on public space planning.
2009 – Present: Co-founder, DoTank, an interdisciplinary collective that does public space interventions.

The weeklong workshop will consist of three key elements or phases:

Phase 1 – Critical analysis: using a series of tools and mechanisms to analyze the designated space, including its physical makeup, social context (demographics, community groups, local politics, conflicts, etc), and spatial activity (how people, vehicles, animals, etc. are using or not using the space). The tools used during this phase will be a mix of digital and analog, and will include mapping/diagramming, on-site activity mapping, interviews, and internal conversations/critiques in order to dig deep into the issues and develop a full understanding of them.

Phase 2 – Hackathon: workshop participants will dedicate a significant amount of time to working together as a group to develop the concept of the intervention, and develop a working prototype. The hackathon is an iterative process where many ideas are tested, and the conclusion is a workable and deployable object that will intervene in public space and have real world benefits.

Phase 3 – Deployment: workshop participants will deploy the intervention created in phase 2. Deployment will include working together in public space on the additional deployment, as well as doing analysis and documentation of the impact of the intervention. The temporary nature of the intervention process will invite others to complete the process of public space improvement, by iterating on our design, and continuing to host collaborative projects/installations in the space.

At the conclusion of the workshop, a summary will be presented that details the process, as well as how it can be replicated in different locations. An overall strategy will also accompany the intervention that can guide future actions at the intervention site.

All work will be done in close collaboration with our partners and other local organizations.

«Delete!» by Christoph Steinbrener и Rainer Dempf