After the Pandemic Summer School

By After the Pandemic team and Design Weans,
Seven minute read

Collaborating alongside the Design Weans, the After the Pandemic Summer School is a month long platform inviting students, graduates and people from all walks of life to respond to a series of design briefs.

The design briefs have been developed to tie in specifically to the themes of After the Pandemic, asking people to respond creatively through their preferred medium - be that graphic design, architecture, poetry, composing, writing, or any other creative output.

Graphics designed by Hannah Giblett

Summer School Timetable

The summer school was launched on the 2nd of June 2020 (you can watch the launch here) and will run until the 1st of July 2020. We are accepting submissions in any media format; image, video, musical, performance, etc, and all submissions should be made to atpsummerschool@gmail.com

On the 9th June we will announce a design panel who will facilitate discussions alongside those who are developing ideas for the summer school. The ‘project reviews’, which will be led by this design panel alongside the After the Pandemic team and Design Weans, will take place between the 16th-23rd June.

Submissions are being accepted until the 1st of July before the ideas will be presented at the After the Pandemic Summer School Showcase - 7th July 2020 at 5.30pm.

Design Briefs

After the Pandemic and the Design Weans have posed twelve design briefs, and these can be found below. They primarily focus around the themes we have currently developed for the main After the Pandemic initiative, however we are not wanting to discourage you if you don’t see a brief that doesn’t appeal to you. Instead we want you to challenge these briefs and respond to other ideas you are passionate about.

1. SECOND WAVE

1.1 As lockdown relaxes, the media is awash of warnings of a deadly second wave as we head into the colder months.

If, like the Spanish Influenza in 1918-20 and the H1N1 epidemic in 2009-10, we do see another lockdown, what initiatives or products can be implemented to make isolation over the winter months more bearable?

2. MAKE GLASGOW BETTER

Like many other cities in the UK and abroad, Glasgow has a wealth of social problems, and a history of darker days. How can we shed light, confront and improve our city for the future?

2.1 The Hydro and other venues within Glasgow won’t be used for at least a year due to Covid-19 - design how they might be repurposed to improve equality.

2.2 Spatial inequality ←→ Spatial equality – Some people have gardens in Glasgow - some people live in one bedroom flats. Demonstrate the effect of spatial inequality in lockdown.

2.3 COVID-19 has had a disproportionate effect on BAME people, and on poor communities worldwide. In parallel, race riots are currently sweeping across America. Now is the time to include intersectionality as we re-imagine Glasgow. Yet many of our streets are historically named after men who have profited off the slave trade. What can we do to highlight, confront, and improve this?

Related links: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-45978790

3. NO VACANCIES

Glasgow has one of the highest levels of vacant and derelict land within Scotland. How can we reactivate this land through creative initiatives?

3.1 Messages for the mind: How can we activate vacant space with visual statements that deliver pro-mental health messaging that is specific to the pandemic, without being alarming, trite or patronising?

3.2 Choose a prominent vacant or derelict site for an agitprop intervention to advocate change through powerful messaging and design.

3.3 Glasgow's vacant and derelict land totals 1110.57 hectares. That's 957 George Squares, 95 Hampden Parks or 22 Glasgow Greens. Contextualise this.

4. G FOR GREEN

Imagine reforming Glasgow’s industrial city to your ideal green city. What would that look like? Should we turn Glasgow’s green spaces into a forest?

4.1 What if we turned Glasgow into a national park? A greener, healthier, wilder and fairer place to live. Create a marketing campaign that will raise awareness of the initiative and inspire people to get involved.

Related links: https://www.glasgownationalparkcity.org

4.2 Glasgow biodiversity isn’t restricted to pigeons and the occasional urban fox - we have water voles, bats, peregrine falcons and a host of other creatures. Our flora and fauna is equally diverse. However, they are all under threat from urbanisation - how can we reverse that trend and protect our biodiverse community? Could we provide ‘citizenship’ for each plant, animal and tree like a Costa Rican suburb did? Or, like the Ganges River in India, can we protect the city by granting it human rights?

Related links: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/29/sweet-city-the-costa-rica-suburb-that-gave-citizenship-to-bees-plants-and-trees-aoe

5. SOCIAL DISTANCING IS THE NEW NORMAL

As lockdown restrictions ease, social distancing remains a crucial strategy to control COVID-19. How can we make it easier for all of us?

5.1 Brand a product that will meet some of the challenges of ongoing social distancing.

5.2 Create a Highway Code for safe social distancing on Glasgow's pavements. Be serious or playful. Relate to the whole of Glasgow or a specific area. Execute in the digital world or the real world. Or both. Could it be a city-wide pavement supergraphics, a viral video or even a spatial awareness lens on Snapchat?

6. OPEN BRIEF

6.1 After the Pandemic covers many topics ranging from access to greenspace to healthcare - the final competition brief is an open call for you to respond to the initiative through design in whatever way you wish. This may expand on one of the daily competitions or be something completely different. It may be Glasgow wide or it may be something local to your community. It might be something physical or something digital. It might focus on lockdown or dream about the future. This brief is completely open to your interpretation and we are happy to share the After the Pandemic document with anyone who wants to read more about the initiatives ideas and goals.

More information

More information on the summer school can be found at the main site here: https://atp-summerschool.co.uk/

Within the website you can see FAQ’s as well as enter your details to a Google Form which allows you to find others to collaborate alongside to create multi-disciplinary designs - something we are actively encouraging.

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