Urban Research Collective have been invited to take part in the first phase of MAKING OUR FUTURES: THE ART OF SUSTAINABLE LIVING, a research project between MIRIAD and Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Art (CAFA), devised by David Haley and Dr. Tongyu Zhou. The project builds on MIRIAD’s links with CAFA, and is looking to develop a research network pulling in support from local partners including Manchester City Council’s Head of Environmental Strategy, Richard Sharland and Urban Research Collective. This mirrors similar collaborations being set up in Beijing.
The project begins with a lecture by Professor Lu Shengzhong, Director of the Experimental Arts Department, CAFA, Beijing, at MMU on Wednesday 27 January 2010.
The project has already been quoted as an example of good practice at the ‘First ASEFUAN Dialogue on Climate Change‘ in Madrid last week and will be next week at the ‘Culture | Futures‘ conference, contributing to COP 15 in Copenhagen. The project, also, prompted ASEF to commission David Haley and an Indian theatre artist to write a discussion document, ‘The Art of Sustainable Living‘ as the catalyst for twelve notable thinkers, practitioners and activists from Europe and Asian in the Creative and Cultural Industries to consider the social and environmental challenges of the 21st Century.